As the weather heats up, you and your family will be looking for ways to cool off. As a vegan or plant-based eater, you might think that your options are limited when it comes to vegan frozen treats, but with a bit of research, you can find some great recipes to keep you cool. Here are 9 to help you get started:
Here’s an easy recipe – combine cubed watermelon (about 4 cups), one tablespoon of fresh squeezed lime juice, and, if necessary, a vegan sweetener (coconut nectar or maple syrup). Blend in a blender or food processor and place in popsicle molds to freeze. As an alternative, add the lime juice last, so it looks like a real watermelon!
The chia seeds (optional) make for an interesting “seeded” watermelon look, while overall this cool treat is great for a hot summer day. Check out the variations to make different versions that suit everyone’s tastes.
A great tip for busy parents – if you’re already making a smoothie, make a bit extra, take your drink, thin it out a bit, and freeze! You can start with this recipe and go from there.
This simple recipe combines fresh or frozen fruit, vanilla dairy-free yogurt (or another flavor, if you prefer), plus a touch of plant-based sweetener. Mix, place in the mold, add sticks and freeze! Try the above recipe for blueberry popsicles, then experiment with different combos of fruit and yogurt flavors.
Love fudgesicles? Here’s a recipe that uses bananas, cocoa powder, and a homemade vegan version of Nutella to recreate a family favorite. You’ll love how easy it is!
So light, refreshing and hydrating! These pops are the perfect way to hydrate after a workout on a hot day. Made with just coconut water and berries, they’re sure to be your favorite summer treat.
Protein Powder Ice Cream
Wait, what? You can make ice cream with protein powder? Mix 1 scoop of Plant-Protein Powder with 1 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk or yogurt and put it in the freezer (or ice cream maker). Stir regularly until frozen and then top with your favorite toppings like nuts and fresh fruit.
Quite possibly the easiest way to cool off this summer! Freeze water dense fruits like watermelon or grapes. To enjoy the watermelon, cut into bite-size chunks before freezing. Refreshingly delicious!
Key Lime Pie Popsicles
Here’s a recipe all your friends and family will love:
- 2 cans coconut milk (or almond, hemp, etc.)
- Juice & zest of 1 lime or 10 drops of lime essential oil
- 3 Tbsp. coconut nectar, agave, or maple sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 c. chopped macadamia nuts (or other favorite nut)
Mix milk, lime juice, zest, and sweetener in a blender/food processor. Pour into popsicle molds or cups and freeze for 6+ hours. Before eating remove from mold and roll in chopped nuts, if desired. Enjoy these frozen treats and remember to stay cool this summer!