By Melanie Carver
Ahh, summer. The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and things just seem a little less hectic. When you think back to your own childhood summers, chances are delicious frozen desserts play a part in your memories. Why? Because after swimming, riding bikes, hanging out with friends or finding other ways to enjoy fun in the sun, there’s just nothing like a delicious frozen treat to cool you down.
When the temperature goes up, it’s time to explore the Kids With Food Allergies’ Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe database. The Frozen Desserts section has plenty of mouth-watering, memory-making options. Best of all, many are free of the most-common allergens!
Here are some options for safe frozen treats for hot summer days:
Can’t have dairy? No problem! Get out your ice cream maker and try one of these milk-free “ice cream” recipes.
Chocolate Coco Whipped Freeze
Chocolate Coco Whipped Freeze – This sweet chocolate treat is made with coconut milk and coconut whipped topping.
Pina Colada Ice Cream - Pineapple and coconut are always a great match. Combine canned pineapple and coconut milk to transport you to the tropics. Don't have an ice cream maker? Try these Pina Colada Paletas (frozen pops).
Orange Soy Ice Cream – This dreamy dessert combines orange juice and vanilla soy milk.
Pumpkin Dream Ice Cream – Make this recipe with pumpkin puree and coconut milk.
Strawberry Soy Ice Cream – Strawberries and soy milk come together to create this cool dessert.
These delicious frozen treats, which are usually made in an ice cream maker, combine fruit or fruit juice with water and sweetener.
No ice cream maker?You can use any of these recipes to make "granita." Pour the mixture into shallow pan and put into the freezer. Stir or scrape with a fork every 30 to 45 minutes to create frozen flakes. You'll need to repeat the scraping several times until all the mixture is frozen into coarse grains.
Strawberry Sorbet – Five ingredients make this frozen berry treat.
Blueberry Sorbet – Enjoy a bowl of blueberry deliciousness.
Fresh Pineapple Sorbet – This tropical sorbet is cool and refreshing, sweet yet tart.
Mango Apricot “Ice Cream” – Fruit, powdered sugar and lime juice make a smooth-textured dessert.
Watermelon Blueberry Sorbet – Make this summery treat without an ice cream maker.
Use molds to make frozen mousse in fun shapes.
Milk-Free Frozen Berry Mousse
Milk-Free Frozen Berry Mousse – Try with different types of berries to see what your family likes best.
You can buy inexpensive plastic Popsicle-making molds to make whipping up a batch of frozen pops even easier. Or even use small paper cups!
Blueberry Cheezecake Pops
Blueberry Cheezecake Pops – Frozen blueberry cheezecake on a stick! This no sugar added dessert uses stevia.
Chocolate Pudding Pops – This versatile chocolate pudding can be frozen into pops.
Pear Pops – This ridiculously simple recipe that turns canned pears into a treat.
Strawberry Banana Frozen “Yogurt” Popsicles – Combine soy yogurt and fresh fruit for yummy popsicles.
Pina Colada Paletas - Canned pineapple and coconut milk will transport you to a tropical paradise.
Find even more delicious allergy-friendly recipes in our Safe Eats® recipe collection.
Melanie Carver is our Chief Mission Officer. She is a long-time vegan and has a special interest in nutrition. She is the mother of two, one of whom still has food allergies.