Cool, Refreshing, Summer Treats

July 2, 2019

The warmer the weather, the more we like cold desserts, icy treats and cool confections for dessert. Whether you like your sweets creamy or fruity (or both) there’s a recipe here sure to please your palate! If you have a sweet tooth for ice cold desserts when the temps start to soar, read on for some refreshing summer recipes!

No Bake Citrus Treat Recipes

Fans of limeade will want to try the Kiwi Summer Limeade Pie from Midwest Living, refreshing and creamy, flavored with macadamia nuts, kiwi fruit and, of course, frozen limeade! With a little instant vanilla pudding, cream cheese, powdered sugar and lime yogurt, this rich dessert takes 35 minutes to prep and eight hours to chill. 

Baby Citrus Cheesecakes help restrict serving sizes which you’ll need when you taste these cupcake-sized treats. A Taste of Home has 33 no-bake citrus desserts to browse and try, and the Uncookie Cutter has 20 more!

Four-Ingredient Desserts

With just four ingredients Choose-a-Fruit Fools are easy to whip up. (A fool is an English dessert and fruit fools are made by folding pureed stewed fruit into sweet custard!), this blend of whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and fruit (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, or peeled and chopped peaches, mangoes, apricots or kiwis) is a quick and easy treat.

Another four-ingredient summer dessert is the Grasshopper Icebox Cake from Lulu the Baker. You might gather from the name that it’s been around for a while. First introduced during World War I, according to Wikipedia, icebox cakes were created by an Italian immigrant from New York and became popular in the 1920s and 30s.

Lulu makes minis by combining whipping cream, powdered sugar, mint extract and Nabisco Chocolate Wafers® with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Peanut butter lovers will want to try this icebox cake from Real Housemoms using cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and non-dairy frozen topping (like Cool Whip®). We didn’t count the graham crackers you’ll be lining your pan with – and it’s best not to count the calories in this deliciously creamy dessert!

Real Housemoms also has a recipe for Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake, and an Oreo Cheesecake Icebox Cake. What could be easier – or more delicious?!

Icy, Fruity, Creamy Treats

If you’ve never thought to pair watermelon and cilantro for an icy dessert, get ready for a pleasant slushy surprise. Sonoran Sunset Watermelon Ice from Taste of Home combines sugar, water, watermelon, lime juice, pomegranate juice and cilantro with a dash of salt and freezes it for four hours. One half cup is only 100 calories and it’s the perfect remedy for a sweltering Sunday – or any hot day!

Here’s a dairy-free recipe for those who spurn the lactose – Almond Butter Swirl Ice, also from Taste of Home blends almond butter, almond milk, coconut milk, sugar and chocolate chips with a little sea salt that makes this frozen confection worth the four-hour wait!

For a refreshingly icy summer cocktail, check out the dessert buffet curated by Cookies and Cups. Real Food By Dad came up with Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles for an over-21 treat. And three more: Cocktail Snow Cones, Frozen Sangria slushies and Angel Food Cake with Wine-Soaked Berries, are ideal adults-only treats for your next backyard barbecue!

Refreshing Lakeside Living in Southshore

Living lakeside at Southshore is refreshingly simple when summer rolls around. That’s because Life at the Lake, so close to the Aurora reservoir recreational options, is also convenient to dining, shopping and entertainment, making it the best of all worlds. Check out the variety of model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers here. Available in ranch and two-story designs, priced from the $400s.