When holidays roll around, it's tempting to go hard in the kitchen trying to perfect an ~Insta-worthy~ Pinterest recipe. We're all for stretching your culinary wings, but sometimes finding something easy that also happens to look festive is just as good. We've rounded up the best-and simplest-Fourth of July desserts. Whether you're spending the Fourth with family, friends, kiddos, or all three, these sweets are definitely a winner.
1. Red, White, and Blue Fruit PizzaShare on Pinterest
It looks super fancy, but it's actually so easy to make-a.k.a. our favorite kind of recipe. The base is made from oats, oat flour, and honey; bake for 10 minutes, then top with a Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla mixture, and decorate with berries. You're basically a master chef.
2. Watermelon Fruit SparklersShare on Pinterest
How cute are these?! And again, SO easy. All you need is a star-shaped cookie cutter, and you're in business. Thread some blueberries and a star of watermelon on a skewer, and you've got (safe) sparklers.
3. Blueberry Yogurt PopsiclesShare on Pinterest
Popsicles are a must in the heat of summer, and these pretty tie-dye ones are definitely Fourth of July friendly. Blend up blueberries, stir in honey, and then layer the mixture in popsicle molds with vanilla Greek yogurt. Just make sure to keep these puppies in the freezer until you're ready to serve.
4. Healthier Pecan PieShare on Pinterest
You don't need to be Ina Garten to make a killer pie.Pecans do the work for you in creating a pretty crust and require way less effort than a lattice. With ingredients such as raw honey, whole-wheat flour, and unsweetened almond milk inside, this pie is definitely a step above your grocery store pie in the health department.
5. Berry Almond CrispShare on Pinterest
This crisp = too easy not to make. Plus, it definitely got the red, white, and blue memo. Put blueberries and strawberries in a baking dish; add in a little OJ, honey, and almond meal; then top with an oats, almond meal, and brown sugar crumble.
6. Red Velvet CupcakesShare on Pinterest
You just can't go wrong with cupcakes. No one will guess these are grain-free and dairy-free, or that they're colored with beets instead of food dye… you sneaky dog, you. Don't worry, they're still sweet thanks to vanilla, cacao, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.
7. White Chocolate Grilled Fruit KebabsShare on Pinterest
Got a grill at your party? Perfect.Layer strawberries, blackberries, and pineapple (or whatever other fruit is on hand!), and get to grillin'. In the meantime, melt a little white chocolate to drizzle on top.