Having a decent blender has changed my life! A few weeks ago I posted about my decision to buy a Blendtec and shared a bunch of delicious smoothie recipes here. Since that post, the blender arrived and I have been blending everything! I have become so attached that I went through a serious mental struggle this past weekend because I wanted to take the blender to Bear Lake with me but Rex is still at home and I felt kind of guilty about leaving him home alone without it. That’s how attached I have become.
Anyway, today I decided to share 3 of the easiest frozen treats that we have already tried using the new blender.
3 Easy Frozen Treats
1. Honeydew Sorbet
I’m sure you’ve all seen variations of this recipe floating around on Facebook or Pinterest. I’m sharing the recipe from the video seen here by the folks over at Tastemade. (I saw another similar video on Facebook but the guy making the sorbet had super hairy arms and it kind of grossed me out, so we’re going with this one!)
The recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just four ingredients. Honeydew, honey, lime juice and water.
(Recipe slightly adapted from Tastemade’s Honeydew Sorbet)
4 1/2 Cups fresh Honeydew cut into cubes
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (Tastemade’s recipe calls for lemon juice)
1/4 Cup honey
1/4 Cup water
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the honeydew cubes onto the baking sheet leaving space in between the cubes to allow for even freezing.
Place the tray into the freezer and freeze overnight or until completely frozen (4-6 hours).
Place the frozen honeydew into the bowl of a food processor (or in my case Blendtec) along with the lime juice, honey and water and pulse until the honeydew becomes crumbly. You may need to add more water to get the right sorbet consistency. Be careful not to make it too slushy. (I had to add a lot of extra liquid for it to work in the blender. I also made it in a food processor and it took a really long time for the honeydew to become crumbly, so be patient, don’t give up.)
Taste and add more honey or juice to flavor.
Serve immediately or place in an airtight container and freeze for up to two weeks.
2. Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
This super simple and super tasty recipe comes from my friends Josh and Maria over at Two Peas and Their Pod. It could not be easier to make and with only two ingredients that most of us have on hand and a few hours pre-planning, you can enjoy this ice cream all the time!
4 large very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1. Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
2. Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.
*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!
3. Raspberry Lemonade Slushies
So this recipe (if you can even go so far as to call it a recipe) is basically just super crushed ice and whatever liquid you want to add. I have been living on Crystal Light’s Raspberry Lemonade all summer (Because I believe in me!). Once I saw how fantastic my blender was at crushing ice, I’ve been making slushies out of everything! Rex likes Coke Zero slushies, Cole prefers orange juice slushies, and I’ve also tried a cranberry lime slushie. So, really you can make whatever flavor you’d like based on what you have on hand. It’s two ingredients and totally simple.
1 1/2 Cups Liquid of your choice (fruit juice, diet soda, lemonade, coconut water with lime juice, etc.)
2 Cups Ice
Pour ice and liquid into blender and blend on high for 30-60 seconds or until desired consistency. Add more liquid or ice based on your preference. Easy as that!
Well, I’m off to jump in the lake to try to cool off. Hopefully these 3 easy treats will help you stay cool and happy this summer.
What are your favorite easy frozen treats?