Join me on a culinary walk on the wild side with a sweet recipe list of something a little different: Dessert Soups!
Soup is mostly a common meal element that can elevate lunches and dinners by providing added flavors and textures to your meal.
But did you know that some soup recipes also have a sweeter side and can be enjoyed as a dessert?
While savory soup is more widely available and offered, dessert soups can be found around the world and can actually take the spotlight from more elaborate and super sweet desserts.
Dessert soups are often served hot, cold or at room temperature as an extension to a great dinner or as an afternoon or late-night snack to meet that craving for something sweet, but is also light and smooth.
There are many different dessert soups, made with vegetables and nuts to whole grains and beans, and they can be served either hot or cold with delicious add-ons you certainly have to try.
Dessert soups are popular in many cultures, with some restaurants in parts of Asia serving only dessert soups in their neighborhoods.
Whether it’s a traditional recipe or a more contemporary concoction, dessert soups are a must-try that can change how you look at desserts!
From simple and light Honeydew Blueberry Soup to the surprising Snow Fungus Dessert Soup to familiar fruit flavors of Strawberry Coconut Soup to Danish Cold Buttermilk Soup, take a walk outside of your culinary comfort zone with this amazing list of sweet treat soups!
The #11 is a certified treat for refreshing dessert soups that you have to try to believe!
This Chinese delicacy is a sweet and thick Red Bean Soup that is an absolute treat.
It features tapioca pearls that don’t necessarily have much flavor but provide plenty of texture and chewiness for which it’s become famous.
The flavor of this soup relies much on the unique properties of the red beans, providing creamy and earthy tones, much like sweet potatoes.
It isn’t too saccharine and can be quite delectable.
This recipe requires only five ingredients and five steps to complete, although you’ll have to soak your dried adzuki beans in water overnight.
The result is a thick red bean soup that’s a sure-win at banquets and buffets.
Coconut Tapioca Dessert Soup is a refreshing dessert soup common in East and Southeast Asia.
This dessert soup is often found in your favorite dim sum restaurants!
To achieve a silky texture for this soup, coconut milk is added, while the fruit juices provide bright flavors for your bowl.
You can put chunks of fruit into this dessert soup, such as honeydew melon and mango.
A unique recipe that can satisfy your cravings for chocolate and mint is to slurp it up with this delicious soup.
This dessert soup is a bowl of all the chocolate goodness you love, with its smooth and frothy consistency, added with some mint for another layer of flavor complexity.
The process may involve some pastry chef techniques, but this recipe shares how it can be done with blenders and tools at home.
Serve it with some vanilla ice cream, and you got yourself a decadent dessert soup worth every slurp.
This dessert soup option features delicious strawberries and coconut cream, added with sugar and vanilla to pack in the sweetness.
To provide some citrus tartness, lemon and orange juice can also be added.
The result is a sweet and silky dessert soup that can be perfect on a hot summer day or out on the patio at a barbecue.
An easy and convenient dessert soup recipe, this Honeydew Blueberry Soup is a simple combine and chill process that’s worth all the flavors.
Combine pureed honeydew melon with blueberries, lime juice, orange juice, ginger, and yogurt into a food processor and blend until it becomes smooth.
Transfer everything into a bowl, and place it covered inside the refrigerator to chill.
Top it off with whipped cream and berries, and you have an appealingly delicious dessert soup.
When you’ve gotten used to bowls of savory soup, having a sweet dessert soup such as this sweet potato and apple recipe will make every spoonful more delectable.
This dessert soup features sweet potatoes and apples combined with ginger, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon to create a soup that’s nourishing and flavorful.
Now, hear me out.
While those of us who have lived in the U.S. our whole lives are probably familiar with cream of mushroom soup—salty and served hot—this one is going to turn your taste buds upside down.
This Cantonese Tong Sui, or Snow Fungus Dessert Soup, is made from gelatinous velvet layers that melt in your mouth with a subtly sweet taste that you can easily adjust to your liking.
Snow fungus is a fruiting body of the Snow ear fungus harvested for Chinese medicine and cooking.
When cooked, it provides a sweet and mildly herbal flavor.
Eating it straight from the pot will create a crisp mouthfeel, but it’s best when it sits in the soup for a bit to provide a smoother texture.
So don’t be distracted by how unique it looks because this dessert soup is nourishing and light and is something you definitely have to try.
Berry Kisel is a popular dessert in Slavic countries and is considered a traditional fruit soup.
Kisel is tart and tangy and eating it can be a fun and delicious, sticky experience.
Kisel has a consistency similar to strawberry glaze and jam, with this summer soup often consumed as a dessert or a drink.
Various berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries are simmered with water and sugar and made into a thicker consistency with potato starch.
This summer soup is an easy recipe and can be made year-round to invoke plenty of pleasant childhood memories!
Also known as Zenzai or Oshiruko, this dessert soup is a red bean soup with toasted mochi added and is a popular winter dessert in Japan.
Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake and provides a sweet addition with its delectably chewy texture.
This dessert soup has an incredible fragrance emanating from the red beans, making the Zenzai an absolute treat for one’s appetite.
Shiratama Dango or glutinous rice flour dumplings can also be added to the soup instead of mochi, providing the filling and tasty bite with every spoonful.
This Danish Cold Buttermilk Soup is a traditional and old-fashioned recipe called Koldskaal, which is a chilly treat that’s perfect for those hot summer days.
This cold dessert soup seemingly looks like a bowl of milk, with added ingredients that you might have in your cupboard.
Its main elements include buttermilk and plain yogurt, sweetened with sugar and vanilla.
Add some blueberries or strawberries on top and top it off with crumbled cookies, cake, or even some granola, and you have a bowlful of delicious goodness!
A famous afternoon snack or dessert in the Philippines, Ginataang Bilo Bilo, is typically sticky rice balls immersed in coconut milk, providing all the refreshing comfort you might want during a long and hot day.
This dessert soup looks fun and colorful, with bright ingredients that make it all the more appealing.
There are glutinous rice balls, sweet potatoes, plantain bananas, and jackfruit, with tapioca pearls, all cooked in sweet coconut milk to create a must-try dessert soup.
A light and refreshing dessert soup from Asia, a bowl of Coconut Mango Sago can provide comfort on a warm and long day!
It features sweet and light coconut milk mixed with oat milk, added with some diced mango and soft tapioca or sago to provide the smooth and luscious textures for this dessert soup.
This dessert soup isn’t overly sweet, offering just the right flavors and textures you want in a delectable treat.
This Blackberry Lavender Dessert Soup is a delicious and beautiful bowl of flavors.
Lavender and blackberries make for an incredible combination to create this magical dessert soup.
Lavender is added with some earl gray tea to steep together before blending with blackberries and honey until it is smoothened.
This luscious dessert soup is best served on a hot summer day, providing all the refreshments you would ever need.
This popular Chinese recipe is a sweet soup from black sesame seeds and rice.
It has a rich black color that shimmers when it hits the light, making it appealing and an evident curiosity for many.
This Black Sesame Soup is mildly sweet, with a nutty flavor and an aroma that permeates every room.
This hearty soup is also considered a perfect ending to any heavy meal.
15. Longan Tong Sui
Similar to the snow fungus dessert soup recipe, this one features dried longan, a meaty fruit found in Asia.
It also adds ginkgo nuts, which have a soft and squishy texture compared to most nuts and can provide sweet or slightly bitter flavors similar to cheese.
This refreshing dessert soup can be served warm or cold, preferably with added ice, and is a great thirst quencher after any meal.
The bottom line
Opening your palate to dessert soup recipes can be like opening a new door to flavors and textures you may not be accustomed to.
Often after a heavy meal, having something lightly sweet can hit the spot.
The delicious and refreshing experience you can get from these dessert soup options can make you want to try just about each one on this list every day of the week!
- Sweet Red Bean Soup
- Coconut Tapioca Dessert Soup
- Mint Chocolate Dessert Soup
- Strawberry Coconut Soup
- Honeydew Blueberry Soup
- Sweet Potato & Apple Dessert Soup
- Snow Fungus Dessert Soup
- Kisel With Berries
- Red Bean Soup With Mochi
- Danish Cold Buttermilk Soup
- Ginataang Bilo Bilo
- Coconut Mango Sago
- Blackberry Lavender Dessert Soup
- Black Sesame Soup
- Longan Tong Sui
- Put on your adventure apron and pick one of these Dessert Soups!
- Prep your ingredients and get cookin’.
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