Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate with cold, sweet, and fruity desserts that refresh and delight. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a fruity treat on a hot summer’s day? Whether you’re looking to round off a family meal or simply want to increase your intake of fruit during the summer months, Carolina® Rice is here to guide you through a range of delicious fruit desserts that make the most of seasonal summer fruits.

Light and Creative Dessert Ideas

To get things started, we’ve got just the light dessert option for you! This recipe for Fruit Sushi Rice is a delightfully creative dessert to share with loved ones. Replete with strawberry, kiwi, and mandarin oranges, it will change the way you think of sushi forever! Best of all, the rice is cooked in coconut milk and vanilla bean extract, adding a sweet and fragrant touch to an already delectable dish.

Strawberry Dessert

The strawberry is a fruit synonymous with summertime. This is because strawberries come into season in May and June in many parts of the country. Eating seasonal fruits guarantees you get the maximum amount of flavor in your dessert recipes as the fruit gets all the time it needs to ripen on the tree. This Strawberry Churro and Chocolate Rice Pudding is a wonderful dessert to enjoy in summer. It boasts the perfect blend of cool, refreshing strawberries, creamy rice pudding, and crispy churros with chocolate dip. It’s the kind of recipe that will delight young and old alike, so don’t be surprised if your abuela pats you on the back afterwards!

Chocolate Churro and Strawberry Rice Pudding | Carolina® Rice

Convenient Dessert Recipes for Summer

PlannPlanning a picnic or outdoor family gathering this summer and unsure about which dessert to add to the menu? Don’t fret! We’ve got two time-saving delights your entire family is sure to love. These Tropical Street Fair Rice Crepes are packed with summer favorites, like mango and pineapple, and are sure to satisfy your cravings for fruit. Easy to store and transport, they’re perfect for picnics. Similarly, our Rice Pudding Parfaits with Pineapple and Mango are just as fruity and easy-to-make. Served in glasses, they’re ideal for passing around at summer garden parties.

Tropical Street Fair Rice Crepes

Make the Most of Summer Berries in Desserts

Summer is a great season for recipes with berries. Here’s a recipe that works well as a refreshing breakfast or light dessert. This Peanut Butter, Berry and Rice Smoothie is a great way to incorporate berries into your desserts. Made with fragrant Carolina® Ready to Heat Jasmine Rice, cherries and coconut milk, it’s so much more than just a smoothie. With blueberries and raspberries on top, it’s a dish that’s both pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds. What better way to satisfy those summer fruit cravings?

International Rice Desserts

Rice is a staple ingredient in a whole host of culinary cultures, but did you know that it’s also used in a wide range of international desserts? In 9 Delicious Rice Desserts from around the World we take you on a journey through some of the most delectable dessert recipes on the planet. Up your dessert game by adding some international flair to your cooking!

Quick and Easy Mexican Fruit Dessert

For lovers of Hispanic cuisine, we’ve got the perfect fruit dessert recipe: Banana Horchata Smoothie! For centuries horchata recipes have been served as refreshing dessert beverages at gatherings among the Hispanic community.  However, at Carolina® Rice we believe it’s fun to #playwithyourfood! So why not add your own unique spin to this classic summer recipe? The addition of banana to the mix is a wonderful way to do just that! 

horchata smoothie with banana and rice
Banana Horchata Smoothie

Make Cooking Fun

Each season of the year has its own unique charm and summer is no different! The warm weather inspires us to take our gatherings with friends and families outdoors. After all, what better way to pass long summer days than with good food and good company! With Carolina® Rice by your side, one thing’s for sure, you won’t be short of inspiration when it comes to cooking!

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