Must-try summer treats

With the summer sun beating down on us, there is nothing better than refreshing treats to help us beat the heat. Here are five easy recipes to make during the warmer season:

Fruit Kabobs

Photo by Marialaura Paucar
Photo by Marialaura Paucar

You can use any kind of fruit you’re in the mood for. I used whatever we had at home and made a tropical combination. This is also a fun way to allow everyone to make their own creations.

  1. Gather all your fruit, have separate bowls to place them in and have skewers on hand.
  2. Cut the fruits into medium sized, square-like pieces (if it is a small round fruit like berries or grapes then you should be good without cutting them) and place them into their respective bowls.
  3. Carefully place the fruit on the skewers, snap a picture and enjoy!

Ice Cream Sandwich

Photo by Marialaura Paucar
Photo by Marialaura Paucar

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than ice cream! For this recipe you can buy the cookies and ice cream of your choice. I suggest that you buy a plain ice cream flavor because, if you get too fancy, the combined sweetness of the cookie and ice cream can be overwhelming. I chose snickerdoodle as my cookie and vanilla bean ice cream.

  1. Using an ice cream scooper to scoop about two spoons of ice cream. If the ice cream is too hard, run hot water on the ice cream scooper to make it easier.
  2. This is where is gets a bit messy. Place the ice cream on one cookie and spread it so that it covers all of the cookie, round out the edges so that the ice cream doesn’t drip. Place the other cookie on top.
  3. To apply the sprinkles be very careful! I made the mistake of pouring the sprinkles all over the sides of the ice cream sandwich. Do not do that! Pour the sprinkles in a bowl and dip the sides of the cookie in them.
  4. Put in the freezer for about five minutes to harden the ice cream so it isn’t dripping and then enjoy!

Chocolate Frozen Bananas

Photo by Marialaura Paucar
Photo by Marialaura Paucar

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered fruit?

  1. Peel the bananas and cut each piece about an inch long.
  2. Stick a pretzel right in the center of the banana and push it almost halfway in.
  3. To melt the chocolate: Keep in mind that one Hersey chocolate bar covers about eight,  1-inch pieces.
  1. Break apart the chocolate bar into small pieces and place into a microwaveable bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, carefully take the bowl out and stir the chocolate with a spoon.
  3. Put it back in the microwave for 10 more seconds and stir one last time.
  1. Dip the tip of the bananas in the melted chocolate, coating it and then freeze for about 30 minutes.
  2. Take them out of the freezer and enjoy!

Sandy Pudding Cups

Photo by Marialaura Paucar
Photo by Marialaura Paucar

These just might be the cutest pudding cups that bring out the little kid in all of us. Plus, they are super easy to make! All you need is vanilla pudding, teddy grahams and a spoon.

  1. To make the “sand”, put a handful of Teddy Grahams in a bag and crush them until they have a powder-like texture.
  2. Sprinkle some on top of a pudding cup.
  3. Lay three Teddy Grahams on the “sand”.
  4. Stick and umbrella on top, snap a picture and enjoy!