Beat the heat with cool summer treats

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am

It's official - summer is here. The sizzling hot weather gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy some delicious, cool treats. And you don't have to spend hours making them.

Here are some easy-to-prepare recipes, and in the process, you can use your creativity and experiment with different ingredients. So what are you waiting for? But remember to ask adults for help if you need it.


Fruit and yogurt popsicles


1 cup yogurt (any flavour that you like)

1 sliced banana

6 washed and diced strawberries

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Place the ingredients in a food processor to create a smooth mixture. Next, pour the mixture into moulds or cups until they are three-quarters full. Make a lid for each mould or cup with aluminium foil. Insert a stick through each one if you are not using ice popsicle moulds. Place the moulds or cups in the freezer for about five hours, then enjoy!

Tips for removing content from moulds

After removing the foil, turn the mould upside down and run the bottom under hot water and gently wiggle the stick until you can pull the popsicle out.

Strawberry popsicles


1 cup milk

2 cups topped whole strawberries

sugar (optional)


First, place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Then add sugar as needed. Lastly, pour into popsicle moulds and freeze until hard.

'Berry' delicious ice lollies


475 grams blueberries

475 grams strawberries, hulled

1/2 cup brown sugar

2.5 cups vanilla soy milk


Puree the blueberries and strawberries in batches in a blender or food processor. Strain into a medium-sized bowl through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Then stir brown sugar into the berries and stir in soy milk until well-blended. Next, pour the mixture into small paper cups until about two-thirds full. Last but not least, insert wooden sticks and freeze until firm for 2 to 3 hours.

Cool drinks

Peanut butter milkshake


1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

3 to 4 scoops vanilla ice cream


Mix the milk, peanut butter and honey in a blender until smooth. Then add ice cream and you're done.

Blueberry smoothie


1/2 cup non-fat milk

1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt

1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries

1 teaspoon honey


Simple ... just blend all the ingredients until smooth and there you go.


Mango sorbet


2 mangos - peeled, seeded, and cubed

1 cup sugar

1 cup cream

1 cup ice


Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large, plastic freezer bag, seal, and then freeze for between 45 and 60 minutes. Move the contents around in the bag every 15 minutes while freezing, if possible.

Gavrielle is a Young Post intern