As we finally say goodbye to dreary temperatures and hello to pleasant summer weather, it's time to sit outside and bask in the glory of the sunshine season. While many associate summertime with popsicles, ice cream and any other sweet cold treat they can get their hands on, you don't have to give in. You can still enjoy delicious seasonal desserts without breaking your primarily raw, plant-based diet.
Craving something sweet with no desire to cheat? Here are a few of some of our favorite summer treat recipes:
1. Soft Serve Ice Cream
Who knew frozen bananas could replace the dairy and added sugars to create the perfect soft serve ice cream? Kim Wilson's recipe from her book "Everyday Wholesome Eating … In the Raw" is quite the convincing treat.
- 8-10 frozen bananas
- 2-3 cups frozen fruit of your choice
- 3/4 cup almonds or walnuts
Use your juicer to process the bananas. Next, process the fruit of your choice, whether that's strawberries, blueberries, peaches or mangoes – if you don't want to add an additional flavor to your "ice cream" simply add more bananas. Then, add almonds or walnuts and process until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!
2. Coconutty Delight
A simple, yet delicious and healthy smoothie can help curb your sweet craving while delivering optimal nutrition. In fact, this recipe uses our top selling BarleyMax and BeetMax powders for an extra oomph of vitamin and minerals!
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon Hallelujah Diet BarleyMax
- 1 teaspoon Hallelujah Diet BeetMax
- 1/2 frozen banana – cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
Simply place all of your ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Then, add about five ice cubes to the processor and mix again until thickened. Pour into a glass, garnish with a dusting of BeetMax and enjoy!
3. Frozen Carob Bananas
This delicious treat, found in Julie Wandling's book "Hallelujah Kids" is easy and satisfying.
- Carob powder
- Liquid raw honey
- Walnuts or almonds – chopped fine
- Bananas – ripe, but still firm
- Wooden skewers
First, prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Next, skewer the bananas. Gently dip in honey, roll in carob powder and then roll in chopped nuts. Lay the coated banana skewer on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat process until all bananas are complete.
Cover bananas with an additional layer of wax paper and place in the freezer until completely set. Enjoy!
4. Frozen Treats for Kids
Don't worry – you can enjoy these delectable homemade fruit popsicles with your kids too!
- Your choice of fruit – blueberries, strawberries, ripe bananas, pears or apples – peeled, cored and cubed if necessary
- A splash of water
- A splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Place your choice of fruit in the food processor and blend. Add water and lemon juice to adjust the consistency, processing until smooth.
Fill popsicle molds with the mixture, placing wooden sticks or skewers in the center. Place in the freezer until completely set. Enjoy!