Easy Summer Desserts (that won’t derail your diet)

Memorial Day is -finally!–the official start of summer. But just because you’re having fun at the beach or BBQ’ing this weekend doesn’t mean you can’t indulge without de-railing your diet.  (Because this is also the summer you build an enviable midline, duh.) 

Below are four perfect summer holiday dessert recipes that are easy to make, delicious and very macro-friendly, courtesy of the sports nutrition gurus at Renaissance Periodization

These are perfect for summer and group outings. Try one or all four. (Seriously, you can make the cookies and all of the popsicle variations in a half hour or so.) Then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the compliments on your baking skills. 

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Yes, cookies!! These are SO GOOD.

What’s great about these cookies is they’re a CARB ONLY recipe. So you can adjust the size of the cookies based on your needs. (Or enjoy dessert without worrying about blowing your fat allotment on those burgers.)

If you’re making them for a group, I’d suggest doubling or tripling the recipe. These cookies are fun to make and go really fast!

If you’ve got kids, this is a fun, super-easy recipe for them to help with. They also work well for high-carb days (aka THE BEST DAYS) in general with the oats and bananas providing a nice mix of quick and slow-digesting carbs.

2 large ripe bananas, mashed
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c quick oats
1/4 c raisins
4 Tbsp all fruit spread (your choice)

Preheat the oven to 350 and set aside a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Combine banana through oats. Stir in raisins.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until set.
Immediately out of the oven, use a tsp to indent the cookie
Fill with 1 tsp of the fruit spread (I used this one.)
Allow to cool and set. Enjoy!

This makes 9 cookies, with 19 g of carbs per cookie.


Memorial Day is all about the frozen treats. Upgrade your popsicles, and look like you tried way harder than you actually did, with these creamy pops.

There’s zero prep work, they take five minutes and you can easily throw them in the freezer and forget about them the night before. (Or morning of.)

Once you get the base (the whipped topped and milk) you can experiment with different flavor combinations and get creative. Here are three foolproof pops that make for a yummy addition to any party or get-together.

The possibilities are endless!


1 c fat free whipped topping
1/2 c fat free milk
3 Tbsp natural almond butter
1 Tbspsugar free caramel syrup

Combine everything in a bowl and stir well with a fork. Pour into popsicle molds. Free several hours into firm.

Recipe makes 5 popsicles. Macros per pop: 1g protein, 6g net carbs, 5 g fat


1 c fat free whipped topping
1/2 c fat free milk
3 Tbsp sugar free orange marmalade
1 Tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup

Same instructions as above. Macros per pop: 1 g protein, 8g net carbs


1 c fat free whipped topping
1/2 c fat free milk
1 Tbsp sugar free raspberry syrup
1 c fresh blackberries

Same instructions as above. Makes 6 pops Marcos per pop: 1 g protein, 5 g carbs



All recipes reprinted with permission from RP Strength’s Plus website.