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13 Fruity Sweets That Will Make You Swoon

If there were ever a cake for lemon lovers, it's here.
03/04/2017 08:00am ET | Updated March 4, 2017

One of the best ways to get your your daily serving of fruit? In dessert! From Raspberry Jam Bars to Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes, these fruity treats will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Sweet, tart, and gooey, these bars are a happy marriage of blondies and raspberry jam. Made with oats, coconut, and pecans, they have fabulous depth of flavor and texture. GET THE RECIPE

This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and tart cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. It’s easy to make and feeds a crowd. GET THE RECIPE

Spoon into these lemon cakes and discover a delightful surprise: the batter separates while baking into a fluffy cake atop a luscious lemon pudding. They have all the flavor of lemon pie with none of the fuss — and they’re practically guilt free. GET THE RECIPE

This pear crisp is a stand-out thanks to the addition of tart dried cherries, which are plumped up in an orange-scented caramel syrup before baking. GET THE RECIPE

Made from sweet yellow peaches, warm spices, and a buttermilk biscuit topping, this cobbler is baked until the fruit is tender and bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden. No worries if fresh peaches aren’t in season — you can use canned. And don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top. GET THE RECIPE

This light dessert is especially good when served with coffee, tea and crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. GET THE RECIPE

This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce and topped with sliced bananas and pecans is a cozy, delicious treat. It’s a fresh take on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding — which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

This is the BEST fruit salad. Oranges, grapefruits and pomegranates soak in their own juices, making a gorgeous magenta syrup you’ll want to drink straight from the bowl. GET THE RECIPE

If there were ever a cake for lemon lovers, this is it. Lemon zest and lemon juice are added to the batter, which lightly perfume the cake. Then, while the cake is still warm from the oven, it is doused with a lemon syrup to further enhance the lemon flavor. Finally, the cake is drizzled with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor in every bite. GET THE RECIPE

Made with chunks of sweet apples nestled in a tender, buttery rum cake, this is my favorite apple cake — and it couldn’t be easier to make. GET THE RECIPE

You might have to wait until spring when fresh rhubarb hits the market, but this is one of the easiest and best desserts I know. Serve it warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. GET THE RECIPE

Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet — almost like apple pie filling — and a world apart from store-bought. Serve it warm out of the oven for instant comfort. GET THE RECIPE

These smoothies taste like something you’d have on a tropical vacation. They’re perfect for breakfast but they also make a refreshing afternoon snack or even a healthy dessert. GET THE RECIPE

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