For when you’re miles away from an A/C or the window unit just isn’t cutting it.
No Oven Required
You don’t have to wait by the front door to hear the neighborhood ice cream truck drive by or stock your fridge with fake low-cal “diet ice cream” to cool down this summer. Whether you’re at the pier, on the beach, or just walking around in the sun, you can take a break from the heat with these homemade frozen, icy treats.
Each of these recipes is low in calories sugars so they stay light and refreshing and don’t weigh you down, so you can forget about that 20-minutes-before-swimming rule.
Blackberry Mint Prosecco Pops
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Popsicles are the latest genius invention when it comes to enjoying something bubbly on a humid summer evening. (Case in point: Champagne Popsicles That Feature Edible Flowers for Serious Swankiness.) Another option: Using chopped mint and blackberries to create these sparkling mojito-like “adult-friendly” pops. All you need to do is blend blackberries, mix them with Prosecco, mint, and lime, then freeze the mixture in popsicle molds for 20 minutes.
Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
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Here’s to ditching the straw. This decadent-sounding smoothie bowl can actually be a refreshing snack, thanks to the frozen strawberries and hint of honey. A few topping options? Cacao nibs, granola, sliced strawberries, or shredded coconut (or, heck, have them all).
Watermelon Lime Ice Cubes
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When you’re out in the sun (or finishing a tough workout), you’re going to reach for something hydrating. While good old H2O will always do the trick, sometimes that’s just not enough to quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings. (That’s where these 8 infused water recipes come in.) These watermelon lime ice cubes will upgrade any bottle of water instantly. All you need to do is blend watermelon and lime juice, pour the liquid mixture into an ice tray and freeze for 2 hours, and then pop the cubes out when they’re set.
Mango Lassi Popsicles
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Here’s a great way to instantly squash a sweet craving—these creamy, no-fuss, mango popsicles. Mango is thick when blended, which makes for a less “icy,” more creamy treat, and the vanilla bean paste adds an unexpected burst of flavor. Pour blended mango and yogurt in alternating layers into the mold, then pop out 6 hours later.
Frozen Yogurt Blueberries
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This recipe is perfect for when you want a big reward without a lot of work. You’ll just dip a handful of blueberries in rich, vanilla or plain Greek yogurt, drop them on a baking sheet and freeze. In an hour or two, you’ll have a healthy, antioxidant-packed snack that tastes like dessert. (Discover more ways to use healthy blueberries this season and beyond.)
Mango Banana Sorbet
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Get your blender or food processor ready for this light, refreshing treat. Using just banana and mango (nothing else), this sorbet is easy to put together thanks to its minimal ingredients. Simply blend, spoon into muffin tins, freeze for two hours, and you’re set. What’s more, it’ll last for up to 4 weeks, covered in the freezer, so you can definitely make the recipe in bulk. (Loving this easy frozen treat idea? Add just two more ingredients and you’ll be able to make this clean eating mango sorbet recipe that’s also perfect for summer.)
Frozen Banana Popsicles
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A better way to eat banana? On a stick…and covered in a layer of dark chocolate. Dip the ends of a halved banana in melted dark chocolate and dress it up while it’s still wet with fun toppings like dried fruit, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs. Pro tip: Freeze bananas for 30 minutes before dunking and decorating.
Healthy Peach Frozen Yogurt
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Who says you can’t have ice cream as a healthy mid-day snack? It’s summertime, so it’s perfectly acceptable to live like a kid. This healthy frozen yogurt has a grown-up twist that tastes like a “peach creamsicle”. It only takes 5 minutes to put together. Just blend lemon, frozen peaches, yogurt, and a sweetener of choice (agave or honey), and it’s ready to devour.
Lavender Lemonade Popsicles
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Lavender has more benefits beyond just putting you to sleep: It acts as a terrific, floral flavor enhancer. And, here, lavender and lemon work harmoniously to create a light and refreshing summer treat. Let lavender steep in water for 10 minutes and then combine with lemon juice and a touch of sugar. Let it freeze 2-3 hours before inserting sticks and then give it another 4 hours (or overnight).