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The 7 Coolest Summer Treats

After a day at the beach, an afternoon running through a sprinkler, or a backyard barbecue, we all like to take a break from the heat and cool off with a treat. Whether it’s ice cream or milkshakes, shaved ice, or iced coffee, we have plenty of delicious, easy homemade treats for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorites:

Korean Shaved Ice
Photo: @food.kids.love

1. Roasted Cherry Coconut Milkshakes

Summertime means cherry season! If you get a pound or two from the farmers market, a farm stand, or on sale at the grocery store, then you must try this beautifully luscious dessert from our friend Monique of @peaches2peaches. Her recipe makes 3–4 milkshakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. (450 g) fresh cherries
  • 1 can (13.5 oz./400 mL) coconut milk
  • 1½ tsp (22 mL) vanilla extract
  • 6 cups (1.4 L) vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Rinse, slice in half, and remove the pits from the cherries. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in a 400°F (200°C) oven for 15–20 minutes.
  2. Place cherries in the Deluxe Cooking Blender with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of water and puree. Refrigerate in a separate container until cold.
  3. Add the ice cream, vanilla extract, and coconut milk to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. To serve, divide the cherry puree between 3 or 4 glasses. Pour the milkshake on top of the puree, dividing between the glasses equally.

2. Shaved Ice With Fruit (Korean Style)

Who knew you could make shaved ice with a blender! Our friend Jane @food.kids.love tried it out with her take on bingsu (or bingsoo). It’s a popular Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings like chopped fruit, condensed milk, or fruit syrup. It’s meant to be shared, so a serving size is for two. Her version puts a focus on toddler-friendly diced fruit, but she says feel free to change it up. Kiwi and pineapple are also great options. You can also add sweet red beans (called Patbingsu) or mochi pieces.

Ingredients

  • A variety of small, diced fruit. In the photos below, Jane used mango, peaches, strawberries, cherries, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and red grapes.
  • 4 cups (0.9 L) of ice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) organic condensed milk. If you want it sweeter, add another ½ tbsp (7 mL).

Directions

  1. Place 2 cups (473 mL) of ice into the Deluxe Cooking Blender. Blend on Custom for 15 seconds on speed 1, until it’s the consistency of snow.
  2. Scoop into a big bowl, top with the fruit and drizzle on the condensed milk.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining ice.

3. Nice Cream

Most nice cream recipes call for blended up frozen bananas to make a creamy, cold ice-cream-like dessert. It’s dairy-free and guilt-free, too. Add in cocoa powder and chocolate chips to make a chocolate version topped with crushed candies or cookies. Or blend it frozen strawberries to make it a strawberry nice cream. For a banana-free version that still manages to taste like a tropical vacation blend frozen mangos and peaches with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of chia seeds as for a finishing touch.

Mango Peach Nice Cream
Mango Peach Nice Cream

4. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars

With just three ingredients—fresh strawberries, Greek yogurt, and honey (or agave nectar) —you can make these Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars that are both healthy and pretty in pink. Top them with granola for extra crunch or add your own custom toppings.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars

5. Bubble Waffle Cones

Our new obsession! Start with a waffle puff, add your favorite ice cream, and go crazy from there. Top with cookie pieces, sprinkles, fruit, crushed cereal, fudge, caramel, or whatever your heart desires.

Bubble Waffle Cone
Bubble Waffle Cone

6. Iced Coffee Variations

Save time and money by making your own cold brew or iced coffee at home. For an added treat, substitute almond, cashew, or coconut milk for your usual creamer. Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze—this way you can keep your iced coffee cold without watering it down.

Iced Coffee Variations
Iced Coffee Variations

7. Homemade Ice Cream

Don’t wait in long lines in the summer heat to get your ice cream fix. Instead, make it at home. Homemade ice cream is so tasty and more affordable than store-bought, and you can make it just the way your family likes it. Some of our favorites are blueberryhoney butter shortbread, and chai toffee chip. To help ice cream freeze more quickly with fewer ice crystals, use shallow, flat containers.

Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream

Did you try any of these? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!

16 Responses to The 7 Coolest Summer Treats

  1. steven kaszab June 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    Such creative…delicious looking dishes. Wow

  2. Vickie J. Epperson July 30, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    They all look great!

  3. Linda Molina July 30, 2020 at 11:23 am #

    Everything looks soooooo delicious.
    I want to try some of the ice versions. They look so refreshing.

  4. Kristen July 30, 2020 at 12:02 pm #

    Nice Cream has been my go-to breakfast on a hot summer morning. I add chia seeds and flax seeds and protein powder when I blend it. It’s so healthy and easy!

  5. Lynne Fulp July 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    They look wonderful, but as a recent Hawaii resident I have to object to the use of the word “shaved” ice. Shave ice is a particular form of ice that is shaved off a big block of ice, as the block spins around. The result is a fluffy ice of indescribable texture, which lends itself beautifully to the syrup topping. No vender in Hawaii (who knows what they’re doing) would dare use crushed ice or ice in any other form, and call it shave ice or shaved ice. The only people who would buy from such a vendor are clueless or simply desperate for a cold treat.

  6. Robin Reimer July 30, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

    Seeing those pictures made me SO hungry.

  7. Andrea Cowan July 30, 2020 at 10:53 pm #

    I freeze my fruit in slices. Then to make a milk shake like consistency drink, add 1/2 cup of fruit, 1 cut of crushed ice, 1/2 cup of any liquid ( juice, milk, coconut milk) and blend just till mixed for a great milk shake.

  8. Nadine Lelah July 31, 2020 at 10:49 pm #

    The Korean Shaved Ice with Fruit is so delicious. You will always go back to this refreshing dessert.

  9. Kathleen Shelden August 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    Roasted cherries? I never would have thought. Ut I look forward to trying this recipe. Actually, all the recipes are tempting. Just another way to add to my QUARENTEEEN15.
    Kathleen Shelden

  10. Carol Salazar August 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm #

    Theses recipes looks yummy, I’m going to be 69 next month and for the last 3 months I have been adapting myself to a heather and weight loss way of life and I can really see tweeting some of these recipes to enjoy.

  11. Teresa e aguilera August 2, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

    I’ve tried the strawberry coconut vanilla ice ones there so tastee !👌I have to try all the new ones recipes that I will learn on this host party so excited !

  12. Teresa e aguilera August 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

    Can’t wait to learn more healthy ideas !

  13. Hope Scott August 2, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

    We tried the shaved ice today and the kids loved it! I made it with mangoes and blueberries.

  14. Gayla J Voss August 4, 2020 at 6:52 pm #

    I have a question……just got the ice cream machine and it says to clean the plastic lid. I am thinking that means the motor separates from it, but it is on so tightly I don’t want to break it before I get to taste any ice cream. The instructions aren’t real clear. It should show you how to break apart if it is supposed to come apart. Anyone have an answer to this?

    • Vicky Campbell August 20, 2020 at 11:41 am #

      The motor does separate from the clear plastic lid. If you look on the underside of it, you’ll see 2 white tabs that you press inward to detach the motor from the clear plastic.

  15. Valonika August 9, 2020 at 10:57 pm #

    I need to save these! They all sound delicious!

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