Sweet & Light: 15 Easy Weeknight Desserts

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Do you like a bite of something sweet after supper? All of us here at The Kitchn certainly do. But who needs brownies or a big slice of cake every night of the week? We love our indulgences, but on weeknights something lighter is called for. Here are 15 simple desserts — some of them very light indeed — that will end the meal on a sweet grace note, but not weigh you down.

There's a lightning-fast orange cake that happens to be vegan, and that magic one-ingredient banana ice cream. There's a glamorous little bowl of yogurt with figs, and a luscious mango dessert. There are oatmeal cookies with a touch of savory cheese, and extra-light angel food cupcakes! Read on for these and other intriguing weeknight sweets!

TOP ROW
• 1 Sticky Orange Cake with Marmalade Glaze - A vegan cake that you can whip up extra-quickly!
• 2 Harvest Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting - A hearty cake stuffed with grated veggies and other delicious things.
• 3 Coconut Milk Bread Pudding - Avoiding dairy? This bread pudding is so good — and dairy-free too.
• 4 Yogurt With Caramelized Figs - Simple and light, fruit and yogurt.
• 5 Green Tea Shake - Milk, ice, matcha — easy and sweet.

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Airy Angel Food Cupcakes with Naturally Pink Icing - Extra-light cupcakes, airy and sweet.
• 7 Blood Orange Crostatas - A simple tart, with oranges providing most of the sweetness.
• 8 Mango Dessert - Mango and cream — nothing could be simpler.
• 9 Pomegranate Yogurt Pops - Light and fresh yogurt pops.
• 10 Oranges With Lavender and Mint - Yes, oranges can be a dessert — especially when they are as pretty as this.

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 One Ingredient, Elegant, & Easy Sweet Wine Slushies - A simple and elegant frozen slushie.
• 12 Avocado Cacao Mousse - A simple, creamy, chocolate mousse.
• 13 Apple Gouda Oatmeal Cookies - Sweet weeknight cookies with a touch of the savory.
• 14 Thai Mango with Coconut Sticky Rice - A simple coconut and rice dessert with slices of mango — delicious yet not too sweet.
• 15 One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream - And last but not least, that famous banana ice cream — easy and light!

What's your favorite weeknight sweet?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.