Just because you want to put healthy food into your body doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy delicious summertime treats too! I promise these recipes are as good (or better!) than anything you’ll find in the store and they’re filled with ingredients you can actually pronounce. And they’re pretty. And they’ll make your life sweeter. And they’re all vegan or easily made vegan, if you’re a plant-based diet person like me. And you don’t have to turn on the oven or the stove, which is a requirement for summer desserts in my house. I’ve made them all. I love them all. So, here they are, from me to you…
Creamy Coconut and Blood Orange Popsicles. These are like the creamsicles I remember from my childhood, but a more beautiful, healthier and grown-up version.
Frozen “Snickers” Bars and Bites. These are a little more labor intensive than a popsicle, but you’re worth the extra time 🙂
5-Ingredient Homemade “Twix” Bars. Let me just say that if you are trying to cut back on your refined sugar intake, but love caramel, then Medjool dates are your new best friend.
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Cups. Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Ice cream-like frozen banana. Need I say more?
Coconut Lime Popsicles. I leave out the green food coloring and I use non-dairy milk for these, but otherwise I love this recipe. Sort of mojito-like, but without the mint. I’ll bet you could add a little fresh mint if you wanted. Or maybe infuse the coconut milk with some mint flavor by soaking the mint leaves in it for a while…I wonder if that would work?
Black Forest Cake Popsicles. To make these refined sugar-free, I made a cherry compote using frozen dark sweet cherries, a little water and some cornstarch to thicken. You could also use juice-sweetened cherry jam, if you can find it.
Dole Whip. If you’ve ever had this at Disneyland, you know the magic of Dole Whip. This version has two ingredients. Super easy. I’ve also made this with a little frozen banana to make it creamier.
Strawberry Banana Nice Cream. Only change I make to this one is using non-dairy creamer instead of heavy cream.
Enjoy! Share your favorite summertime desserts below.