Anna Watson Carl relies on sweetened condensed milk to add richness to this frozen dessert flavored with coconut milk, lime zest, and toasty pistachios. Simply macerated peaches provide a fresh, fruity counterpart. Matt Taylor-Gross
For some of us, the mention of “dessert” whisks us away to a chocolate-covered fantasy world complete with caramel oceans and hikeable mountains of ice cream. But summer is as good a time as any to remember that there’s more to our favorite meal than those decadent, creamy confections. In much of the world, particularly across warm-weather climes, dessert is a fruit-based affair. Some of our favorite Caribbean, South American, and Southeast Asian recipes are sweet but refreshing treats bursting with the flavors of coconut, pineapple, and more.
Naturally, fruity desserts tout brighter colors that make them worthy of an Instagram post (bonus points if you snap them in front of a beautiful tropical view). And don’t forget to wash them down with one of our favorite tiki and tropical cocktails. From rum-laced banana fritters to a Filipino fruit salad, finish up a great meal with a few of our favorite desserts that literally grow on trees.