Celebrate Fourth of July with these red, white and blue treats


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Having a Fourth of July party? You should already have drinks covered, not to mention a mouthwatering selection of kebabs, burgers and hot dogs for the main course. Don't forget the dessert, though! After all, it is America's birthday. Here are 11 tasty and patriotic treats.


1. Easy & Healthy Fruit Dessert Pizza

Happy Healthy Mama 

Happy Healthy Mama whipped up a healthy fruit dessert pizza with a patriotic theme. Instead of a cookie crust, she made a coconut chocolate crust with almonds and dates. Bonus: it's a no-bake crust, which is ready in minutes. Instead of cream cheese with powdered sugar or whipped cream, she used vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain if vanilla is too sweet for you) for the filling. This isn't a super low-sugar dessert, but it is a healthier version of the standard dessert pizza.


2. Easy Flag Fruit Dessert

Family Fresh Meals 

Family Fresh Meals could not have made it easier for you. All you need is fresh fruit, a big tray and some yogurt- or white-chocolate-covered pretzels. Arrange the flag in the tray and voila: a light, easy, festive dessert. If you don't want to use pretzels, you can use gold raspberries or banana slices instead.


3. Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Jamie Cooks It Up 

These cute cream cheese stuffed strawberries from Jamie Cooks It Up might be just what your Fourth of July party ordered.


4. Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits

Pink Patisserie 

Pink Patisserie whips up this simple dessert based on an old Martha Stewart recipe (found here). Layers of creamy panna cotta with red raspberry jelly make this a cool, refreshing and light alternative to cupcakes, cake or pie. Never mind that you won't need to turn on the oven and roast yourself in the kitchen. Isn't no-bake great?


5. Fun Banana Boat Dessert

Parenting/Photo courtesy of ziggityzoom.com 

Parenting featured this fruit-filled banana. It's easy to make, so the kids can help. And it's healthy so no need to feel guilty afterward.


6. Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers


If you're looking for a quick dessert that doesn't require much work, look no further than these yummy fruit skewers from Skinnytaste. The angel food cake is a box mix and pretty foolproof, and the rest of the ingredients are fresh strawberries and blueberries. The cheesecake-flavored dip is made with yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar.


7. Watermelon Cake

Apron Strings 

Donna, one half of the food blogging duo behind Apron Strings, was worried that this "cake" would require a big investment in time and several boxes of toothpicks. Not so! In fact, you need exactly one toothpick for the entire cake, and that's to keep the jicama star on the very top in place. The rest of the fruit garnishes stick to the watermelon. It takes about 20 minutes to put this cake together from start to finish, and all you need are watermelon, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and jicama.


8. Red, White & Blue Trifle

Skinny Mom 

Skinny Mom scores with this delicious and patriotic trifle. You can layer it however you like, but Skinny Mom started with half the angel food cake cubes, making them the final layer in the dish. Then add half the pudding mixture, half the blueberries and half the strawberries. Add the remaining angel food cake cubes and the remaining pudding mix layers. And finally, use the remaining blueberries and strawberries to garnish the top.


9. Patriotic Fruit Salad

Wit and Whistle 

Wit and Whistle put her star-shaped cookie cutters to good use in this delicious watermelon and blueberry fruit salad. At the time, she couldn't think of any white fruit but you can go with gold raspberries, banana slices or small pineapple cubes.


10. Berry Bliss Rocket Pops

Family Fresh Cooking/Marla Merideth 

Family Fresh Cooking/Marla Merideth made these patriotic popsicles with fresh berries and frozen yogurt.


11. Patriotic Strawberries

Eating Bird Food 

Eating Bird Food melted some white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave, dipped the strawberries in the melted chocolate and waited for the chocolate to set. Afterward, she rolled the strawberries in blue sprinkles.