It might be the end of our relaxing summer vacations with friends and loved ones, the end of camps, activities and lazy days spent between the fresh sea air and the mountain breeze.
But it doesn’t mean we can’t keep some remnants of summertime with us for a bit longer; after all, the temperatures will remain high enough for a while.
So let’s not say goodbye to these blissful moments just yet. Let’s make them last longer by indulging in a refreshing snack, one that we’d crave on a hot summer day. Yes, that’s right, I mean ice cream. And not the artificially flavored ice cream you find in the supermarkets, I’m talking about the real thing — mouthwatering homemade frozen sorbets and popsicles that the whole family will enjoy.
Here are some tasty recipes that you can prepare in less than 10 minutes. All you’ll need is a few simple ingredients, a blender and popsicle molds, or a deep rectangular container (like an ice-cream box), or even individual sealable cups.
I hope that every bite of these delicious and healthy frozen treats reminds you of an invigorating trip to the beach!
Super Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles:
These popsicles are made of watermelon juice, which you can easily make at home by seeding the watermelon and putting the flesh in the blender. Watch out, they’re addictively tasty!
For 6-8 people, you’ll need:
– 200 ml of watermelon juice (about 1/4 of a medium-size watermelon)
– 100 ml of fresh milk
– 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Using the blender, mix the watermelon juice with the milk. Add the honey if you want a sweeter treat. Pour the mixture in the popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. Enjoy!
Yummy Strawberry Banana Sorbet:
This is one of the easiest sorbets you can make. It is made up of only two main ingredients, and a third one that’s optional if you want to spice things up.
For 6 people, you’ll need:
– 2 large ripe bananas
– 200 g of strawberries
– A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Cut the bananas and strawberries into small pieces and freeze them for around 6 hours. Then blend the frozen fruits until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Pour in a container and freeze again for another 4 hours. Once ready, let the sorbet soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving.
(By the way, if you don’t want to wait until the blend is properly frozen, feel free to gulp it down as an ice-cold drink.)
Very Berry Frozen Parfait:
This easygoing recipe can be prepared with berries of all kinds: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and so on. You can even combine different kinds if you feel like it.
For 8-10 people, you’ll need:
– 4 cups of frozen berries
– 1 cup of yogurt (the thicker, the better)
– 2-4 tablespoons of honey (optional)
Of course, fresh berries are better, so try making your own frozen berries if you can, by putting them in the freezer overnight. But if it’s not the right season, or if you don’t have enough time, bags of frozen ones are readily available in some supermarkets.
Blend the yogurt, honey and frozen berries for a few minutes until the mixture becomes creamy. Pour in a container and freeze for about 6 hours , or if you’re too tempted and you don’t want to wait, enjoy it as an ice-cold smoothie.
Fresh Chunky Fruit Pops:
This recipe is basically all your favorite fruits in one magic popsicle, using any fruit that comes to your mind. You won’t need a blender for this one, so you’ll be able to see your colorful ingredients through an almost limpid ice pop (and you’ll get to brag about eating a fruit salad popsicle!).
For 4 people, you’ll need:
– 1 cup of fresh fruits (kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, peach, blueberry, etc.), diced
– 50 ml of apple juice (you can find good brands of natural apple juice in the market, as long as it’s not from concentrate)
Place the diced fruits in the popsicle molds, in the order of your choice. Press the fruits against the sides of the molds to give your fruit pops a beautiful look once they’re ready. Pour the apple juice just below the limit of each mold, to prevent the juice from spilling over the edges when you place it in the freezer, then tuck in the popsicle sticks. Keep in freezer overnight.
Indulgent Chocolate-Banana Sorbet:
The name says it all… This sorbet is effortlessly creamy and naturally sweet, with a luscious touch of cocoa.
For 4-6 people, you’ll need:
– 3 ripe bananas
– 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Cut the bananas into small slices and freeze them for about 6 hours . Then put them in the blender until they become thick and smooth. Add the cocoa powder and mix both ingredients until totally blended. Pour the mixture in molds or a freezer container, and freeze for 3 hours. Again, you’ll need to let the sorbet soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Tasty Layered Peach & Strawberry Fruit Pops:
They’re fresh and tasty, they’re full of vitamins, and they look gorgeous with layered fruit purees.
For 6-8 people, you’ll need:
– 1 cup of strawberry puree
– 1 cup of peach puree
– ½ cup of thick yogurt
– 2 tablespoons of honey
Blend the strawberry puree with one tablespoon of honey and set the mixture aside. Then do the same with the peach puree and the other tablespoon of honey, and set aside as well. In the molds, start layering a tablespoon of the strawberry mix, followed by a tablespoon of yogurt then a tablespoon of the peach puree. Keep doing this until you reach the last layer. Gently tap the molds to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and freeze the mixture for at least 6 hours.
You can store your fresh homemade pops and sorbets for up to two weeks in the freezer. If you’re having trouble pulling the popsicles out, just pass the molds under hot water for a few seconds.
Even if the summer vacations are officially over, the first part of autumn is still warm enough to enjoy the refreshing treats and snacks we’ll soon miss. Take this opportunity to surprise, impress and even mark your family and guests with your finger-licking nutritious creations!