Delectable Desserts for After-Dinner

Whether you eat outside on your patio or balcony, or inside in your usual dining room or kitchen, there are many summery desserts that you can serve your family and your guests.

With fruit being more accessible during the summer months, combining several tropical varieties such as pineapple, orange, mangoes and sliced bananas in a bowl for a topping over vanilla ice cream is an easy and satisfying treat.

How about this easy recipe to try at home:

Hawaiian Bananas
o 2 bananas, lightly flecked
o Graham crackers, finely crushed
o Milk
o Butter or margarine

Peel bananas, slice once lengthwise, then once crosswise. Dip in milk, then roll in cracker crumbs. Brown slightly in the butter or margarine, and serve warm. Serves one or two, depending on the size of the bananas.

Here's a dessert salad:
o 1 can tropical fruit, about 2 cups, drained, reserve juice
o 1 small can crushed pineapple
o 1 large banana, sliced thick
o 1 1/2 cups coconut
o 1 cup diced apple
o 1 tbsp. lemon juice
o 2 cups colored marshmallows
o 1 cup pecans, chopped
o 1/2 cup cherries, sliced
o Powdered sugar

The recipe is simple; simply mix the ingredients in the order given above and you'll end up with a great dessert.

Here's an almond and cherry suggestion that requires little preparation time:
o 1 can pitted dark sweet cherries
o Cold water
o 2 cups boiling water
o 1 8-serving package of cherry Jello
o 1 tsp almond extract
o 2 tbsp thawed whipped topping
o 1 tbsp sliced almonds

Drain the cherries, set aside in small bowl while measuring out syrup and adding enough cold water to measure 1 1/2 cups in another bowl. Cut cherries in half. Stir boiling water in Jello powder in large bowl until dissolved, then stir in cherry-water mixture and almond extract. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until thickened, then stir in cherries. Pour into 5 cup mold sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate another four hours until firm, then unmold on decorative platter and top with whipped topping and almonds just before serving. Read more great facts, click here. 

Jello with a splash of whipped topping and grated chocolate is always a nice dessert as well. There are so many varieties and you can add numerous different kinds of fruit. If you purchase a couple of molds, you can have a showy finale to your dinner. Here's a good read about healthy eating, check it out! 

You can come up with great dessert if you are willing to try new ideas.Use your imagination to come up with other tasty and attractive summer recipes and you'll have appreciative guests and family members asking for more!