Let’s face it: Summer is over. And while the season technically doesn’t end until September 22, once Labor Day rolls around, outdoor happy hours, summer Fridays, and pretty much all fun seems to come to an end.
But just because it’s customary to trade in cut-offs and piña coladas for pumpkin spice lattès and flannel doesn’t mean we can’t carry the spirit of summer year-round. In fact, what better way to keep the season alive than indulging in a few frozen desserts?
Whether you’re in the mood for fruity frozen yogurt or a double chocolate milkshake, these 33 treats are sure to bring back summer. (To your taste buds, at least.)
1. Lime Creamsicles
Limes are often seen as tequila shot accessories, but these citrus fruits are capable of oh-so-much more! For a creamy, tart treat that tastes way better than tequila, simply mix lime juice with milk and freeze. Think of it as a paleo margarita.
2. Thai Iced Tea Popsicles
When booking a tropical getaway isn’t an option, snag a mental escape (science says even visualizing a vacation can improve mood!) with this Southeast Asian ice pop made with Thai Tea, coconut, and condensed milk. For added taste and texture, add a handful of tapioca pods. It’s like Bubble Tea on a stick!
3.Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops
Overripe bananas are perfect for banana bread, but who wants to turn on an oven when it’s still warm outside? Another great way to utilize the potassium-rich fruit is to turn them into popsicles coated with dark chocolate, peanut butter, and nuts. With the combination of protein and carbs, we definitely consider them a post-workout snack.
4.Pineapple Mint Popsicles
Mint is an herb that can perk you up in seconds. Combine it with hydrating and vitamin c-rich pineapple, and these pops are the perfect pick-me-up for any day—whether humid or just plain horrid. For a happy hour treat, add a touch of rum and lime.
5. Coconut Water Ice Pops
We’re all for hydrating, but sometimes it takes more than plain H2O to beat the heat. These frozen treats are the perfect addition to your thirst-quenching repertoire and require minimal work in the kitchen. Made with coconut water and your fruit of choice (we’re partial to mango or kiwi), these pops can even help cure hangovers.
6. Whole Fruit Popsicles
Starring fruit as the sole ingredient, consider this your year-round strategy to hitting the recommended two cups of fruit per day. Mix and match whatever seasonal produce you have on hand, and enjoy one of the most refreshing and healthiest desserts out there.
7. Peach Sangria Popsicles
Was your last picnic a bit uninspired? Worry not; these popsicles are here to the rescue. Peaches and white wine make for a potent but light treat, and it’s easy to adjust to recipe to your liking. Tip: Substitute heart-healthy red wine and berries for a fall-inspired twist.
8.Watermelon Yogurt Pops
Barbecues aren’t complete without a juicy watermelon. And neither is your freezer. Combine the hydrating fruit with Greek yogurt, sugar (or honey), and tangy lemon juice for a fun spin on summer’s favorite snack. (No BBQ needed.)
9.Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles
Fudgesicles bring us back to childhood: to the times of ice cream trucks and three-month-long summer vacations. To relive the good old days, try these healthy treats. Full of protein-rich Greek yogurt and real cocoa, they taste almost identical to the classic, but have much less sugar. How sweet is that?
10. Avocado Coconut Popsicles
More than just a guacamole staple, avocados are used in many recipes for their creamy texture. They’re also loaded with healthy fats and nutrients to boot, making them the ideal substitute for butter and heavy cream. Coupled with coconut for added healthy sweetness, this tropical treat solidifies our love for the superstar fruit.
11. Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles
In a world that’s quick to jump on the latest superfood trends, pears can seem a bit unexciting. But dipped in stress-busting dark chocolate and frozen, they quickly become a rival to the most popular competitors. Açaí-ya later!
12.Raspberry Coconut Chia Ice Pops
Chia seeds have made their way into our smoothies, oatmeal, salads, and more; it was only a matter of time before they found their way into ice cream. A superfood packed with healthy fats, protein, calcium, and antioxidants, these power seeds add a surprisingly awesome texture when combined with sweet coconut milk and tangy raspberries.
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13.Mango Frozen Yogurt
The pistachio crumble topping is bursting with protein and fiber and adds a surprising crunch to this smooth mango yogurt that’s ready-to-eat in less than five minutes. Not a nut fan? Swap in toasted coconut flakes or pomegranate seeds for an equally satisfying and healthy garnish.
14. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
This five-minute frozen treat combines berries with yogurt, lime juice, and healing honey to create dessert that tastes like real ice cream, but has half the sugar and fat. It’s one of the healthiest late-night snacks we can think of!
15.Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream
A decadent treat if there ever was one, this ice cream couples energy-boosting espresso with Nutella for a rich dessert that’s similar to a mocha latte, but has way more health benefits. Greek yogurt is loaded with protein and gut-friendly probiotics and the hit of java comes with perks too: It slashes your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and can rev up your metabolism.
16.Pineapple Coconut Frozen Yogurt
Hot breakfast on a warm day? No thanks. For a cooling morning meal that’s sweet and packs in plenty of protein, try this frozen yogurt. The fusion of tropical flavors flavor just might have you springing out of bed faster.
17.Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cups
Muffin tins are a millennials’ savior when it comes to whipping up easy, quick dishes for on-the-go. They also work wonders in this dessert, where bananas, nut milk, hemp seeds, and a few other kitchen staples combine to provide party-ready ice cream cups. (Or personal post-dinner snacks if you prefer not to share.)
18. Sweet Potato Ice Cream
A Thanksgiving staple becomes a creamy summer treat in this recipe. And don’t worry, the taste is far from that of a starchy root vegetable. Sweet potato is mixed with maple syrup, nutmeg, and metabolism-revving, fat-blasting cinnamon, for a summer-meets- fall dessert.so it’s almost like you’re burning calories while eating it. A millennial can dream, right?
19.Layered Berry Vanilla Soft Serve
Who says you can’t have ice cream for breakfast? Made with a creamy banana base and layered with antioxidant-rich berries, this dessert will even have breakfast-haters reconsidering their ways.
20.S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches
Craving s’mores but lack a proper bonfire? This dessert is a close second to the campsite favorite. With toasted marshmallow ice cream nestled between shortbread cookies and layered with chocolate, we may even call it an upgrade.
21. Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie
If waiting until Thanksgiving for pumpkin pie feels unbearable, this mousse can provide a quick, nutritious fix. Packed with vitamin A-rich pumpkin, the gourd’s naturally tangy flavor is sweetened with a variety of traditional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and inflammation-busting ginger.
22.10 Layer Ice Cream Cake
Probably the easiest cake you’ll ever make (it’s done in five minutes!), this recipe uses store-bought ice cream sandwiches to make prep a breeze. It’s the perfect dish to bring to an impromptu potluck with friends (or serve up for that friend’s birthday you forgot about).
23.Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Calling all cookie lovers! Your favorite treat just turned into the ultimate dessert. Time-crunched cookie monsters can turn to store-bought ice cream, but we recommend making it yourself. You won’t regret it.
24. Caramel Apple Milkshake
For those anxiously awaiting cooler temps and color-changing leaves, this is the perfect way to get your autumnal fix. Pitted dates are swapped in for caramel and blended with applesauce, milk, and creamer for a shake that beats out almost any fall beverage. Yes, even you, pumpkin spice latte.
25.Pink Lemonade Watermelon Slushies
Pink lemonade is a quintessential summer beverage, but the store-bought varieties are often loaded with sugar. Who would‘ve guessed combining watermelon and lemonade produces a healthier double? Blend with some ice and a cooling cocktail is all yours.
27. Pineapple Coconut Slushie
Slicing pineapple is tough. Fortunately, you don’t need crazy knife skills to whip up this slushie—all you need is a bag of frozen piña. Simply add coconut water, seltzer, coconut cream, and blend. Now close your eyes, sip, and picture a serene beach. Welcome to paradise.
28. Peach Snickerdoodle Milkshake
It’s technically a smoothie, but this creamy drink will fool even the most dedicated milkshake fans. Frozen bananas blend with almond milk, peaches, and cinnamon for a slimmed-down shake that tastes even better than it sounds.
29.Strawberry Creme Truffles
Store-bought truffles can cost a pretty penny, but these sugary bites are budget-friendly and easy to craft. With a lush strawberry center, maple syrup, coconut, and a dark chocolate glaze, you’d never guess the recipe is vegan. Shh, no need to tell those milk chocolate fans.
Viva granita! Originally from Sicily, this shaved ice dessert is usually loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners. This recipe uses coconut milk instead, creating a healthier treat with richer flavor.
31.Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites
When an afternoon slump hits, don’t reach for junk food. Instead, arm yourself with this sweet snack. Made with protein-rich almond butter, bananas, and dark chocolate, you just might just break up with the vending machine forever.
32.Frozen Cookie Dough Bites
When presented with a tub of cookie dough, it’s difficult not to eat the entire container in one sitting. (It happens to the best of us.) For some self-imposed self-control, we love frozen bites that ration the batter for us.
33.Chocolate Frosting Shots
Do you dream of cupcakes with less cake and more frosting? This recipe is here to help you indulge in that fantasy. Coconut milk and cocoa powder combine to create the base, and a topping of toasted shredded coconut (or sliced strawberries) adds a healthy but satisfying kick.