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On hot, humid days when water just isn’t enough to cool us down, there’s nothing like a sweet frozen treat to lower our temperatures. But many of the bars, pops and other goodies in the frozen aisle are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, so this summer (and with National Ice Cream Day coming up on July 18) we’re tossing together some homemade frozen treats that are delicious, easy to make and good for you. Try one the next time you need to cool off!

So-Simple Banana Ice Cream
Serves: 2

2 ripe bananas
Your choice of mix-in, such as dark chocolate chips or a spoonful or peanut butter

  1. Cut the bananas into bite-size pieces. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Place the banana pieces in a food processor. Pulse until they start to look smashed, then blitz until they start to look smooth.
  3. Add your preferred mix-ins and blitz until the mixture resembles ice cream. Serve immediately (it will be more like soft serve) or freeze and serve later (for a texture more similar to traditional ice cream).

4-Ingredient Frozen Fruit Pops
Serves: 6

1 cup unsweetened fruit juice (like apple)
2½ cups frozen fruit
3 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. lemon juice

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into six popsicle molds. Place the lids and sticks on top and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours.
  3. To unmold, run the molds under warm water for about 30 seconds, until the pops come out. Enjoy immediately or freeze and serve later.

Frozen Yogurt Scoops
Serves: 4

2 cups yogurt, Greek or regular, plain or flavored
3 cups frozen fruit
3 tbsp. honey or your favorite sweetener 

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend together the yogurt, fruit and sweetener until smooth. 
  2. Spread in an airtight container. Freeze at least 2 hours and serve. 

If you don’t feel like making your own ice cream and currently live in a P4LF community, we invite you to join us for our ice cream social taking place during the month of July. For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team, or ask your property manager about the on-site event!