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Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heat

This collection of our favourite fruity and frozen dessert recipes proves you don't need to spend hours in a hot kitchen this summer to make refreshing (and healthy) desserts.

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heat

PHOTO: Brilynn Ferguson

Summer desserts

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

This velvety pink ice cream is the definition of summertime happiness. The kids will love mashing the strawberries to make this sweet treat.  Get the recipe here: Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

A turquoise bowl filled with strawberry ice creamPHOTO: Brilynn Ferguson

Fruity Rocket Pops

Bask in the summer sun (while wearing sunscreen and a hat!) with this fruity, updated version of the classic Rocket Pop.

Get the recipe here: Fruity Rocket Pops

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Rob Caruso

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Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

This quick and easy refrigerator pie recipes makes the most of summer’s sweet, fresh strawberries. Make it while berries are still in season!

Get the recipe here: Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Andrew Grinton

3-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream

Three simple ingredients, no special equipment and six hours to freeze: Can summer get any sweeter than this?

Get the recipe here: 3-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream 

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Who can resist creamy ice cream and sweet raspberries sandwiched between two chocolatey brownies? And letting that ice cream drip down your little one’s chin and cheeks is all just part of the summer fun. 

Get the recipe here: Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Jodi Pudge

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Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Fresh juicy peaches, vanilla yogurt and a little orange juice come together to make this delicious frosty treat. Any leftovers can be frozen in a popsicle mould for another day. 

Get the recipe here: Peach Creamsicle Smoothie 

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Double Lemon Bars

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When summer gives you hot sticky kids who keep complaining, make some double lemon bars. This creamy citrus treat tastes like summer feels and will guarantee smiles. 

Get the recipe here: Double Lemon Bars

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Ryan Szulc

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

This layered ice cream cake uses homemade cake and store-bought ice cream. It’s guaranteed to be a showstopper at the backyard BBQ. No one needs to know how easy it is to make!

Get the recipe here: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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Frozen Fruity Yogurt

No need for the ice cream truck this summer. Make your own frozen yogurt with bananas, mango and strawberries.

Get the recipe here: Frozen Fruity Yogurt

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Kiwi Yogurt Cups

Cool down with some yogurt and fruit. It’s so simple, but the kids will gobble it up. 

Get the recipe here: Kiwi Yogurt Cups

Summer desserts: 10 sweet treats to beat the heatPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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