Sweet treats can still be enjoyed in the summer when the days are hot and long and we like to eat later and lighter. Fruit is the natural go to this time of year – it's fresh, juicy, sweet – and also healthy.
Cold treats are also a good choice because you can't eat them too fast or you get brain freeze! It's an automatic way to make sure you don't eat too much too fast and of course it is refreshing.
There are several ways you can jazz them up and make them more festive:
- Frozen banana on a stick, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut, nuts or sprinkles
- Chocolate dipped strawberries
- Serve fruit as fruit kabobs, in a waffle cone or in a carved out melon used as a bowl
- Serve a light dessert like strawberry shortcake or angel food cake with more berries than cake
- Mini fruit pizzas – spread cream cheese flavored with vanilla on a sugar cookie and decorate with fruit like mandarin oranges, green grapes, blueberries and strawberries
- Yogurt pops – just stick a popsicle stick in the top of a container, freeze for several hours and voila!
- Make your own shave ice using crushed ice from the freezer or invest in an inexpensive shave ice machine and make your own flavor syrups with frozen juice concentrate (mix one-part water with two-parts frozen juice concentrate)
- Parfaits – layer fruit between scoops of sugar free chocolate pudding or between layers of vanilla yogurt and top with granola
Here's a recipe for Frozen Banana Pops:
- bananas (small bananas will make 2 pops, large ones can make 3)
- spreads- cream cheese, yogurt, dark chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella
- toppings- oats, granola, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed graham crackers, cookie crumbs, shredded coconut, sprinkles, chopped dried fruit
- popsicle sticks
- Prepare a cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper.
- Peel bananas and cut off each end. Cut the bananas in half or thirds, depending on the size. Carefully insert a popsicle stick into the banana.
- Using a knife, spread your desired topping onto the banana. (For melted chocolate, yogurt, or thinner spreads, dipping may be more practical.)
- Roll the banana in your toppings (a shallow bowl or plate works well), using your hands to add more topping if your banana is curved. Place on the parchment paper. Repeat with remaining bananas.
- Freeze the bananas for 2-4 hours. Serve or place in a freezer bag for up to a week.