As the weather heats up, you might be in the mood for a sweet treat that will cool you down. People are already flocking to neighborhood ice cream shops to get their fill of chilled desserts, but you can make your own at home. However, you might feel that ice cream is a little over done – it’s what most people imagine when they think of a summer dessert. Instead of meeting the status quo, why not whip up something unique and refreshing? Save the knowledge you gleaned from online baking classes for later and try these icy treats sans dairy instead:
1. Banana ice
Made with tropical fruit, banana ice is perfect for summer. All you have to do is chop up some bananas and pineapples then mix the pieces with orange and lemon juice. Place the concoction in the freezer and let it sit. Once it has frozen, scoop it in a cup or bowl then pour a bit of lemon-lime soda on top. If you want to reduce the amount of added sugar in your treat, swap the soda for mineral water and lime juice. Stick a sprig of mint in the cup to add a refreshing touch.
2. Strawberry granita
Similar to banana ice, strawberry granita combines fresh fruit and fruit juice to create a dairy-free dessert. Slice 3 cups of strawberries and set them aside. Then combine a cup of hot water with 3/4 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Then place your strawberries in a food processor and grind until they are smooth. Add the liquid and blend again. Then pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet and freeze it. When you’re ready to eat the granita, shave it off the baking tray into a bowl. You can top the dessert off with fresh berries and basil leaves.
3. Frozen peanut butter bites
In the mood for something heavier than frozen fruit? Bring together dessert’s famous dynamic duo: chocolate and peanut butter. Combine confectioner’s sugar and peanut butter in a mixer until smooth, then beat in vanilla extract. Next, scoop small amounts of the mixture into your hand and form it into balls. Place them on a baking sheet and stick them in the freezer. Meanwhile, melt down chocolate to create a drizzle. The final product will look like a peanut butter truffle with chocolate ribbons running over the top.