Don’t worry about the weather heating up and the humidity on the rise. Just use it as an excuse for perfecting a few yummy homemade frozen treats!
Having something cool to eat can really help you beat the heat. From adult boozy drinks to the simple childhood throwback of eating a popsicle, there is something for everyone on this list (including your four-legged friends). Plus, all of these recipes are easy to tweak and adjust to make them your own.
Here are some of the best must-try homemade frozen treats for the summer.
No-Churn Mango Ice Cream
You don’t need an ice cream machine or really any equipment to make this no-churn, fruity recipe. All you need are fresh, ripe mangoes.
Neha Pradhan, an Instagrammer who focuses on Indian cuisine, posted this mango photo and recipe on her page. She writes that it’s as simple as mixing mango pulp, good quality cream, and coconut sugar. You should be able to make a similar recipe with just about any other fruit pulp. It might be just what you need when the sun is beating down!
This popsicle, which tastes delicious and looks adorable, is one of the most popular recipes on Gaby Dimova’s blog, so she recently featured it again with an easy tutorial on Instagram.
The recipe calls for watermelon, chocolate chips, kiwi, and yogurt. You’ll want to use a good popsicle mold, though paper cups will work, too. The trick to getting the layered watermelon look is to freeze between steps. Once you try it, you’ll want to make this recipe all summer the kids or yourself!
If this one seems too easy, that’s because it is! Ella Grace shared the clever idea on Instagram, showing off one of her favorite ways to drink more water by making fruit-infused cubes.
There’s no real recipe because you really just drop your favorite flavors into an ice cube tray and then add water. You can try fruit or mint like Ella did here, or anything else you can think of.
Other good options include slices of cucumbers, grapefruit, and even just drops of lime or lemon juice. If drinking more water is on your list of goals this summer, this is a great way to help conquer it.
Milkshakes are a summer staple, and there’s no need to go to an ice cream shop or a drive-thru to get a good one.
Make your own like the cookies and cream milkshake from Zi Cooks on Instagram. Her recipe is very simple, using just Oreos, milk, ice cream, and whipped cream. You can get the full recipe right here.
This is a good reminder at just how easy it is to make milkshakes. Mix it up and adjust as you want. For instance, you might try making it with almond or oat milk instead. You can really adjust to any flavor you like. Fresh fruit would also make a great addition!
Key Lime Popsicle
Okay, this is the second popsicle on the list, but it’s worth it. Monica from Nourish and Fete on Instagram will tell you how to transform a pie into an amazing popsicle in her recipe.
Her step-daughter loves Key Lime pie, and they would always eat it on her birthday. So this year, she figured out how to make almost the same recipe work as a popsicle. Maybe this will encourage you to be creative and figure out how to turn your favorite dessert into a frozen treat, too.
Fruity drinks, frozen drinks, and ice cream drinks should all be on your rotation this summer, and it’s up to you whether to make them virgin or a little boozy.
We Are Not Martha is an Instagrammer who shared this strawberry coconut daiquiri with her followers. You can tweak the recipe to make it right for you. Perhaps the coconut becomes vanilla and the strawberry ends up being peach.
Jell-O Pudding Pops
This will definitely take you back to childhood. You don’t even need a popsicle mold — just spoon the pudding into little cups, and you’ll have the perfect treat ready to go.
You can also make these low-fat and low-calorie, depending on the milk you use and by using a sugar-free mix. For the full recipe and tips, check it out here.
Frozen Dog Treats
This one isn’t for you exactly, but the pups in your life are going to love you so much for it. If you’ve ever seen dogs outside in the heat, then you know how important it is for them to have plenty of water and cool treats.
Happy Life Blogspot on Instagram shares her recipe for making these. If you want to create your own frozen dog treat, be inventive and give it a go. Pretty much any regular dog treat recipe can be put in the freezer to pull out on a hot day. You could even put them in the popsicle mold to make doggie pops.