Miryam Quinn Doblas is a clinical dietitian who strives to eat fresh, local, and organic as much as possible. Making all meals from scratch allows her to increase the nutrition quality. Through her food blog, Eat Good 4 Life, she shares healthy, easy, budget-friendly, and unique recipes for everyone to enjoy. Her ultimate goal is to inspire people to start cooking healthier so that they can live a longer and happier life.
In my household frozen treats are very common over the summer months. While I love to bake, I try to avoid turning the oven on when it feels like an oven outside. My kids enjoy frozen treats even more when they can help prepare them. Since you don't have to use the oven, simple frozen treats are a kid-friendly activity for a lazy summer afternoon. Check out some of my family's favorite treats below.
Popsicles of the healthy variety are the most common frozen treat in our household. (My kids eat them so often I have no choice but to make them healthy.) These chia strawberry popsicles are the perfect example. I added chia seeds—a super nutritious ingredient packed with fiber, protein, calcium, and more—to these pops and my kids' friends couldn't even tell! That's a win in my book.
Cheesecake is one of my ultimate favorite desserts. Since I can't bring myself to turn on the oven in the summer, this delicious gluten-free blackberry cheesecake is no bake win in my book. Thawing the cheesecake a few minutes before serving will allow you to obtain the perfect consistency.
These coffee cream bars are not only sensational but very addictive. I've made them three times in the past week. The last time I had to double the batch because they didn't last ;ong enough. If you like coffee you're going to love these bars. I used decaffeinated coffee so my kids could have some. But if you don't have kids, go for it and use the real thing—caffeinated coffee.
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This is another winner frozen treat that my kids can't get enough of. This healthy Oreo ice cream base is made using frozen ripe bananas. It's truly the best idea ever. My kids think they're having the real thing when in fact they're having mostly bananas. I always add a few chopped Oreo cookies to the mix for a fun crunch. You can also use your favorite cookie, if you're not an Oreo lover. Chocolate chip cookies would work perfectly so go ahead and make your own version. Anything goes with this banana base mixture.