Frozen treats are refreshingly delicious, very easy to create and can be much healthier than most store bought frozen desserts. In addition, making these treats yourself is a great activity to do with children and you can experiment with all sorts of different flavor combinations. Below I describe a few different types of frozen treats and a few sample recipes to get you started. Enjoy!
Frozen juice or smoothies on a stick! It’s convenient to own freezer pop molds, but if you don’t you can use paper cups and Popsicle sticks. If you’re lazy, just buy a juice that you like (preferably 100% fruit juice) and freeze it. But for very little extra effort you can get creative with your recipes and delight your taste buds!
- Blend pineapple chunks, banana, coconut milk, vanilla extract, then freeze & enjoy.
- Blend watermelon, lime juice, and a little sugar, put blueberries in the freezer pop molds, add watermelon mixture, freeze & enjoy.
- Blend chunks of Honeydew Melon, lime juice, and a couple mint leaves, then freeze & enjoy.
- Two layer popsicles are easy to create by filling freezer pop molds half way, freezing, then filling the rest of the way with another flavor and freezing again.
Granita is an Italian semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. It is originally from Sicily. The process of making it is quite simple and it is very easy to create all kinds of different flavors, such as Basil Lemon, Peach Apple or Watermelon. Granita recipes can be made up to 3 days ahead. Simply cover tightly with foil and keep frozen, then give it a quick scrape before serving. Below is the full Watermelon Granita Recipe.
- 4 cups (1¾ pounds) cubed seedless watermelon (from a 4 pound melon)
- ½ cup sugar (less is fine)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Pour into a 9x9x2″ metal baking pan and then freeze mixture for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork, then cover and freeze the mixture until firm (about 2 hours).
- Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes.