One of the best ways to keep cool during the hottest days of the year is also one of the tastiest. Frozen desserts from ice cream to frozen yogurt to frozen fruit instantly delight us and make the intense heat a bit more bearable.
Tragically, a weekly (or daily!) trip to the ice cream shop isn’t an option for most of us. It’s hard on the wallet and the waistline. The sweetest part of this frozen dessert recipe roundup is they’re fun to make at home, and you can keep their calorie counts almost as low as their temperatures.
Frozen Strawberry-Pineapple Pie
This pie combines salty/sweet flavors with a crushed pretzel and honey crust topped with a layer of crushed pineapple and fat-free strawberry frozen yogurt. When you pull it out of the freezer, you’ll have a smart alternative to ice cream pie for special occasions, or as an instant treat on a sweltering hot weeknight.
Frozen Yogurt Treats
These frozen fruity treats are awesome for the little ones after a day of riding bikes. And, they make an indulgent, portion-controlled treat for health-minded snackers. The unique freezing tray has flexible wells that make it easy to pop out each dessert.
Grilled Pineapple Sundaes
Looking for the ultimate cool finish to a barbecue party? Throw thick, juicy pineapple slices on the grill. Grilling pineapple intensifies and caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, making it taste like a tropical paradise dialed up to 11.
Add ice cream and toasted coconut and everyone will be transported to the tropics on a cool breeze. Make it healthier by swapping the ice cream for coconut or pineapple sorbet.
Berry Granita Parfait
Granita is a semi-frozen dessert originally made in Sicily. It’s a cousin of sorbet and Italian ice, but has a coarser texture. This recipe comes together quickly in the Manual Food Processor.
Party Tip: Layer the frozen berry mixture into pretty stemmed glassware with fresh blueberries and vanilla yogurt. It’s ideal for summer brunch parties.
Greek Yogurt Pops
Like your favorite treats at any local summer festival stand, food seems to be more exciting when it’s served on a stick. Think of this whimsical and chilly treat like a smoothie on a stick. If only there was a way to deep fry it…at least this recipe is much healthier than deep-fried ice cream candy bars