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Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, making memories with your family at the beach, and throwing backyard barbecues. The season is all too short — two months almost feels like two weeks — and we try to make the most of the precious time we have with friends, whether that means grilling steaks or organizing picnics or sipping margaritas by the pool.
The end of summer is the perfect backdrop for another seasonal pleasure: enjoying some sweet, icy frozen treats, because you really won’t want anything very cold once winter comes.
On a hot summer day, these blood orange margarita ice pops with orange liqueur and tequila are a perfect way to cool off. Alcoholic pops are just better. Just be warned: They melt quickly. If you want to make these non-alcoholic, replace the tequila and liqueur with some orange juice.
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This raw, vegan, gluten-free, and ultra-healthy rendition of frozen banana crème pie is surprisingly sophisticated and satisfying. Made without any additives, sugar, preservatives, flour, or eggs, it will amaze your friends and family with its creamy, cashew-based texture and the rich, nutty crust. — Linda Joy
With a base of granola and ready-made blueberry yogurt, these bars are topped with fresh blueberries and sprinkled with extra granola. They make a great "grab and go" option for breakfast or a tasty snack any time of day.
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While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it's fun to enjoy the pumpkin flavors all year long. This frozen pie involves a crust made of gingersnap cookies and raisins and a creamy frozen pumpkin mousse.
If you can’t bear the thought of turning the oven on during the summer, try these creamy frozen cheesecake pops instead. I’ve made them with strawberry purée, but you could easily substitute another berry if you’d like — raspberries and blueberries would be delicious, too. — Kristie Collado