Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Easy, Cold, No-Bake Summer Treats

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles



Easy, Cold No-Bake Summer Treats 


It's hot, hot, hot!  The summer heat is turned up, especially around here with our humid Florida weather.  While the kids are still home on summer break, we're trying hard to keep the stove and oven turned off but still find ways to enjoy yummy treats.  Instead, we've been using our freezer and fridge to create some tasty, refreshing goodies!  These cold, frozen desserts are so simple to make and are perfect for kids and adults.  For most of them, all you need are fruit, maybe some additional ingredients like chocolate chips, whipped topping, whip cream and a blender. 

Frozen Banana Ice Cream Made Easy

We have been buying a lot of fruit this summer since so many are in season but because the heat has taken over and fruit does not last too long, we decided to stick them in the freezer to enjoy cold. One of the kids' favorite fruit are bananas.  They go great in so many recipes that the kids like to eat, including pancakes, smoothies and ice cream.  Here are a few kinds of easy banana ice cream that the kids love to eat up:

Easy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

What You Need:

  • 3 bananas
  • 6 strawberries

How to Make:

  1. Cut bananas and strawberries into slices.  
  2. Place in closed container and freeze until firm.  
  3. Remove from freezer and allow to sit out for a few minutes.
  4. Blend bananas and strawberries until smooth.  
  5. Yields 2-4 cups, depending on cup size. 


Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

What You Need:
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup chocolate chip morsels

How to Make:

  1.  Cut bananas into slices and freeze in a closed container until firm.
  2. Remove from freezer and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Blend bananas and chocolate chips until smooth.
  4. Add extra chocolate chips on top, optional.


Vanilla Banana Ice Cream


How to Make Vanilla and Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Follow the same directions in the previous set of banana ice cream recipes.  For the vanilla, add pure vanilla extract (1-2 tsp, to taste) and for the chocolate, you can use cocoa powder and sugar (or Stevia powder).  Use 1/4 cup cocoa powder and a few spoons of sugar, to taste.  For Stevia, you only need about 1 -2 tsp, to taste.  Blend well until smooth.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Vanilla Sprinkles Frozen Yogurt Pops

What You Need:

  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

How to Make:

  1. Pour some sprinkles at the bottom of each ice pop mold
  2. If you want the sprinkles to stick on the sides, pour a little bit of corn syrup around the sides or you can brush some along the sides.
  3. Pour the sprinkles on the sides.
  4. Pour in the yogurt and you can alternate the sprinkles until you fill all the way to the top.
  5. Let freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Frozen Granola Balls/Pops

For directions on how to make these frozen granola balls and pops, visit my post on Memorial Day Treats.

Mini Raspberry Blackberry Parfaits

What You Need:

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2-3 cups whipped topping
  • Small containers 

How to Make:

  1. Place a couple spoonfuls of whipped topping in each bowl, then add a layer of fruit.  Repeat until cups are full.
  2. You can cover and place in fridge to stay cool until ready to serve or serve immediately.
  3. Serves 5-6, depending on size of cups.  (I reused plastic fruit cups).

You can also use yogurt instead of whipped topping and add some whip cream at the top.  Place in wine glasses to serve adults.


Frozen Watermelon Slush

Cut up slices of of watermelon and place in freezer until firm.  When ready to serve, place in blender until slush-like consistency.   We didn't add in any extra flavors or ingredients for these.  It was refreshing as is!  Just grab a spoon and dig in!

We didn't think we needed any extra ingredients to add into these last two frozen treats.  


Frozen Cantaloupe Slush

I don't really know what to call this one...my hubby just stuck half a cantaloupe into the freezer, then when it was firm, he spooned out layers of the cantaloupe.  No blender needed but if you want to create more the slush-consistency, the slice cantaloupe before placing in freezer.  Place frozen cantaloupe into blender, then serve.

The photo above is what came out without using the blender and the kids loved it.  It was a nice, simple, all-natural frozen treat that cooled us down one hot day this summer.

Enjoy These Cold Treats on a Hot Summer Day

I hope you can enjoy some of these fruity treats, too.  They're all so easy to make and tastes refreshing.  Try them out if you need something cold and easy to whip up on a hot day!

What easy cold or frozen treats have you been enjoying this summer?

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