Do frozen treats help beat the summer heat, or does the summer heat help you enjoy frozen treats?
I think it is a bit of each. Regardless, there way isn’t much that compares to getting hot and sticky under the sun and then to enjoy something cold.
Today I want to share with you some fun ways we cool off with healthy fruit-full treats. These recipes and ideas are either fully fruit sweetened or have very little added sugar. Many of them are too simple for their own posts, so I thought I would share them here as well as link to a few other simple recipes.
Fruit-Based Treats to Beat the Heat
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Cantaloupe “Shaved Ice”
I wanted to make something similar to a snow cones after the girls had white (unflavored) snow cones at a party. I thought I could get a “shaved ice” treat from cantaloupe, and it worked pretty well.
Simply cut and freeze a cantaloupe, then run through a food processor until it is shaved ice consistency. Easy peasy. You can do basically the same thing with strawberries.
My kids make these any time I give them the go ahead. Well, the older two do it. Valerie isn’t very good at them as she “accidently” eats the bananas instead of putting them on sticks.
Simply thread banana slices on sticks (we use reusable drink stirrers or chopsticks) and freeze.
This started out as an experiment, I had no idea what was going to happen when I put pineapple puree in my ice cream maker but what happened is it became a light and airy treat– hence the name pineapple clouds.
Probiotic Fruit Pops
I wrote about our favorite summer treat of late a few weeks ago, along with 50 dairy free frozen treats if you want to check that out as well.
Strawberry Soft Serve
Beyond being fun to look at, this is about as easy of a soft serve as you can get. It is made with nut or seed butter for creaminess and strawberries. This one has a bit of added sweetener, but not much.
Banana Soft Serve
Chances are you have seen this 100 times, but it deserves a spot here. Banana Soft Serve aka Nice Cream is so simple!
Just freeze 1/4 – 1/2″ banana slices for an hour then blend in a food processor with a pinch+ of salt. To make it chocolate simply add a bit of cocoa powder and a bit of date sugar or sucanat to compensate for the bitterness.
Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Frozen bananas replace ice cream in this milkshake, and a few dates provide the sweetness.
Apricot Banana Milkshake
Another banana milkshake, this one is extra fruity though with fruit-only apricot jam.
Sweet Potato Soft Serve
Here is a different take on the banana soft serve, this one has some spices so that it tastes like sweet potato pie.