3 Homemade Frozen Treats {with 4 Ingredients or Less} for 5-Star Summer Fun


Being married to a Chef means that food is never simple (though always delicious) in our home…..unless of course, I am cooking. But, the good news? Simplicity does not equal tasteless. My toddler LOVES frozen treats while playing outside in the Texas heat, so I’ve got 3 frozen treats, with 4 ingredients or less, that will have your kids rating them at 5 stars for summertime fun. 

Bonus: these simple recipes are great and fun to have your kiddos help make!

The Healthy: FroYo Bites

This treat will not only taste great, but not have your kids running on a sugar high (and thus crashing from a sugar high) all afternoon.

  • 1.5 cups plain yogurt (use greek yogurt for extra creamy texture!)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • mixed berries

Wisk first three ingredients. Fill an ice cube tray with one berry or a couple of berry pieces each, then spoon yogurt mixture over berries. Freeze until frozen solid (about 5 hours).

*Tip: Removing about 15 minutes before eating will make them a little softer to eat!

The Decadent: Peanut Butter Balls

So incredibly simple, yet so incredibly delicious.

  • 1 jar peanut butter
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 jar Smucker’s Magic Shell 

Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth and stiff. Beat in the vanilla extract. Shape the peanut butter mixture into balls and place in rows on a wax paper lined sheet tray. DrizzleMagic Shell over peanut butter balls or roll/dip the ball into the chocolate. Freeze for at least 1 hour. 

*Tip: Again, removing a few minutes before eating will make them a little softer!

The Celebratory: Easy Ice Cream Cake

Let’s P-A-R-T-Y!!!!! My family loves ice cream, and this easy ice cream cake has made its way to more than one birthday dinner! So much fun!

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Create a single layer of ice cream sandwiches to fill the bottom of the pan. You’ll likely need to cut one in half to make a nice even layer. Next, put a layer of cool whip on top of the sandwiches. Then sprinkle on a layer or crushed Orea cookies. Then create a second layer of ice cream sandwiches and top with a layer of Cool Whip. Freeze for 2 hours. When you remove the cake from the loaf pan you can smooth out the Cool Whip topping down the sides and drizzle hot fudge or other sauce on top before serving. 

Each of these recipes can go from start to freezer in under 20 minutes.

Happy Summer y’all!


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Hilliary grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in many places across the U.S., settling in Dallas in 2018 with her husband and (now) two sons. She is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist and Family Coach, and owner of Tranquil Beginnings. Prior to this, she spent much of her professional career working to improve the lives of children and families, utilizing her education in psychology, social work, and nonprofit management and fundraising to provide care for children, support little ones with developmental disabilities, teach trauma informed yoga and mindfulness to youth who have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and raise money for healthcare systems and mid-sized nonprofits. When she isn't changing families' lives through her work, she can be found enjoying the city's kid-friendly activities, working her way through Dallas' culinary scene, exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga, and enjoying live music!


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