When it's sunny, our kids love running around outside, and staying cool and hydrated can often end up being a little bit of a challenge.
We've created a list of great homemade frozen treats and snacks that are easy to make, healthy and perfect for hot summer afternoons. From ice-cream to popsicles, to things you'd never think of freezing, we've got you covered, and your freezer full from here on out.
Five Minute Ice Cream
This easy five-minute ice cream recipe doesn't need any fancy machinery. All you need to make this delicious frozen treat is two sealable plastic bags, and your ingredients, and about five minutes of arm strength. We couldn't believe it was this easy either!
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup double cream
1 cup single cream
2 cups of ice cubes
Half a cup salt
Half a cup of sugar
2 large resealable plastic bags
Pour cream, sugar and vanilla extract into one of the plastic bags. Seal well and slowly shake for about 30 seconds until the sugar has dissolved.
Put the salt and ice cubes in the second bag.
Place the bag with the vanilla ice cream mixture inside the bag with the ice cubes (still sealed) and seal the ice bag shut.
Shake the bags until the ice cream mixture freezes - usually about 5 or 6 minutes.
You're ready to serve your homemade ice cream for the perfect summer treats.
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Frozen Chocolate Bananas
This delicious fruit treat is a great healthy recipe for frozen treats that your kids will love to make and to eat this summer. Healthy food can really be this tasty!
2 ripe firm bananas
170g dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
A small handful of granola, sprinkles or chopped nuts
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
Cut each banana in half widthways and insert a lolly stick into each half. On the tinfoil, freeze for 15 minutes.
While the bananas are freezing, melt the chocolate and oil together in a Pyrex jug in the microwave, or pan of simmering water, until combined and smooth.
Take your bananas out of the freezer, and roll each one in the chocolate to cover, and quickly sprinkle with the topping you've chosen.
Put back into the freezer for 30 minutes, until the chocolate is frozen, and then they're ready for your kids to tuck into.
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Frozen Vegan Ice Cream
If your little ones don't eat dairy, don't worry! We've got a great recipe for delicious dairy-free ice-cream you can make at home with your kids. With tons of variations, these healthy treats make the perfect summer food.
Creamy Peach Popsicles
These cold, creamy frozen treats are the perfect snack food for kids on the go. Made with frozen yoghurt and fresh fruit, these popsicles are healthy as well as delicious - but don't worry, with how good they taste, your kids will never know!
3 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into wedges
6 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
125g full-fat plain yoghurt
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 120°C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Lay your peach slices on the paper, and toss with 2 tbsp honey and a sprinkle of salt. Spread them out and roast for 30 minutes, flipping your peaches halfway through.
Mix the yoghurt, lemon juice, vanilla and remaining honey, and place in the fridge.
Remove the peaches from the oven, and let them cool. Scoop the peaches and all the juice into the yoghurt, and gently mix.
Put the yoghurt into your ice lolly moulds, and insert some lolly sticks. Freeze for four hours or longer.
When you want to eat your frozen yoghurt popsicles, run a little warm water on the outside of the moulds and you'll be able to remove them with ease.
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Super Easy Frozen Yogurt
Okay, so this recipe technically doesn't make frozen yoghurt from scratch, but we hope you'll forgive us for how unbelievably easy and delicious these healthy frozen treats are.
2 or 3 handfuls of mixed fruit (we love using berries and bananas)
2 large pots of yoghurt
Chop the fruit into chunks and freeze overnight.
Remove the fruit from the freezer, and let it defrost for 10 minutes.
Put it in your food processor with 2 pots of yoghurt and whizz until all fully combined.
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Peanut Butter Popsicles
These delicious frozen fruit and nut popsicles are the perfect healthy snack food for kids when the sun is shining. Packed full of protein and nutrients, these lollies make great snacks - and bonus - they taste amazing too!
4 tbsp peanut butter
150ml almond milk
2 large handfuls of raspberries
150ml orange juice
2 tbsp hemp seeds
Blend the yoghurt, nut butter, milk and honey until they are smooth and combined.
Put into moulds for popsicles until they're half full, and freeze for an hour.
Pour into each mould, and insert a lolly stick into each of your popsicles.
Freeze for 2 - 4 hours until completely frozen, and then your popsicles are ready to eat!
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Frozen Fruit Kebabs
These delicious summer frozen treats are a great recipe that kids will love when it's hot outside. The frozen fruit is refreshing and delicious, and the added chocolate will make your recipe into a real summer treat.
2 bananas, chopped into chunks
60g Dark chocolate, melted
Thread your fruit on to skewers, alternating between each to create a balanced fruit kebab.
Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave.
Place your fruit kebabs on a piece of parchment paper, and drizzle the melted chocolate over them.
Freeze for 2 - 3 hours.
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Frozen Gingerbread 'Hot' Chocolate
This delicious frozen treat is the perfect recipe for kids who love hot chocolate. When the sun is shining in the middle of summer, there's not much you fancy less than a boiling hot drink, so we've found this incredible frozen treat that makes the best alternative, that your kids are sure to love.
3 mugs of hot chocolate, cooled to room temp.
3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
Optional: cream, chocolate shavings, gingerbread biscuit
Place all of the ingredients into a blender.
Blitz them until they're combined, then transfer to glasses to serve.
Top with the cream, biscuit and chocolate shavings to a real treat.
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Emily has lived in London for ten years, and still loves discovering new places to explore in the capital with her two little brothers. She loves all things lifestyle and fashion, she is a fashion designer and artist, as well as working with arts charities to facilitate workshops and outreach on crafts, fashion, and design for children with special needs and children with difficult home lives who might otherwise not have access, from toddlers to teenagers. Emily is also a trained life coach and loves talking and writing about general wellness, mindfulness and healthy relationships.