With summertime comes warmer temperatures. That means swimming, soaking up the sunshine and playing in the yard with the ones you love. It also means making sure the family stays hydrated and well fed with something sweet and delicious!
Whether you need a few new snacks to add to the weekly menu, or you're looking for something different to bring to the next get-together, the following primarily raw, plant-based desserts make the perfect options for summertime.
1. Pear Pecan Ice Cream
You won't believe this frozen treat is dairy-free – it tastes just like real ice cream!
- 4 cups chopped pears
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup pear juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt
Simply place all ingredients in a food processor, blending until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Once you reach the perfect consistency, pour into a medium bowl or container and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer to set for at least four hours. Enjoy!
2. Frozen Carob Bananas
These delicious treats makes the ideal snack for the family on hot summer afternoon.
- 1 cup carob powder
- 1 cup liquid raw honey
- 4 bananas, ripe but firm
- Walnuts or almonds – chopped fine
- 4 wooden skewers
Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
Place one skewer into each banana. Gently dip bananas in honey, roll in carob powder and finish by rolling in chopped nuts if desired.
Set finished bananas on the prepared cookie sheet, cover with wax paper and place in the freezer to set for at least an hour. Enjoy!
3. Fresh Strawberry Pie
Pack this tasty pie in the picnic basket for dessert.
- 1 3/4 cups raw almonds, soaked overnight then drained
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- 7 or 8 large ripe organic strawberries
- 5 soft pitted dates
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon agar agar flakes
- 2 pints fresh organic strawberries – cut into quarters
To create the crust, place all ingredients – besides the quartered strawberries – into a food processor and blend until fine, but moldable.
Pour mixture out into a pie pan and press until the surface and edges are covered. Pour the quartered strawberries into the pie crust and enjoy!
4. Frozen Strawberry Banana Treats
This treat will keep your kids cool and satisfied this summer, but the parents can enjoy them too!
- 1 cup fresh organic blueberries
- 1 cup fresh organic strawberries
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon squeezed lemon juice
To prepare the frozen pops, place all ingredients in a blender, mixing until the combination reaches a smooth consistency. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place in the freezer to set for at least four hours. Enjoy!
Remember: Just because you're craving something sweet this summer doesn't mean you have to stop following your primarily raw, plant-based eating habits! There are plenty of delicious ways to satisfy a sweet tooth on the Hallelujah Diet. For more of our favorite summer treats, check out our database of recipes!