5 Recipes for Easy Ice Cream Entertainment

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We are in the thick of summer y’all.  Hot days where the sunlight seems to last an eternity and activities to occupy our kids seem to last all of five minutes. These long, hot days combined with a pandemic and months of quarantine and you’re probably running on empty, am I right? Well, I’m here to help you with some easy ice cream entertainment for your kiddos and provide the whole family with a sweet treat! Fun and delicious and you didn’t have to think of it. Win, win, win! 

All of these recipes are easy, simple, and only involve FIVE ingredients. Because when you are battling 100-degree temperatures, grocery delivery time slots, and COVID-19, simple and easy is the way to go for any recipe involving your tiny sous chefs!

My biggest tip is that you make these recipes into a morning activity and pop them in the freezer so that by the end of the day – no matter how the hours in between go – you can end the day on a sweet note! 

1. No Machine 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Ice Cream

While I do have an ice cream maker it can be a hassle to remember to freeze the chamber ahead of time so any ice cream that doesn’t involve me getting it out is great. These are also really simple ingredients to find in the store or have stowed away in your pantry. This ice cream from A Thrify Mom would taste so good with some hot fudge on top or a little bit of peanut butter cups smashed inside “Cold Stone” style. 

2. Banana Ice Cream

I remember when recipes of banana “nice cream” started circulating the internet a few years ago and I didn’t believe that it was possible to make bananas resemble anything like ice cream but then I tried it with my kids last summer and was proven very wrong! Some tips that helped make our nice cream successful – pre-slicing and freezing our bananas on a sheet tray and using a high powered blender or food processor. 

3. 2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberries and honey. Does it get much easier than that? Again, no ice cream machine necessary. While the kids enjoy their scoops you could definitely make this sorbet from Tasty.co into an adult version by adding a splash of flavored vodka or putting a frozen scoop into a cold glass of sparkling wine. 

4. Mango Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe from ifoodreal looks absolutely delicious and so refreshing! It’s dairy-free, allergen-friendly, and would be the perfect sweet treat to end the day. I definitely gravitate towards fruity flavors in the summertime and these fruit-flavored ice creams would be a great way to use up fruit before it takes a turn for the worse in the fridge! 

5. Funfetti Pudding Pops

How fun are these popsicles from Rachel Cooks!? It may seem like between the pandemic and these long summer days that there isn’t anything to celebrate but there is! You’ve made it through another long day and you deserve to celebrate that with every sprinkle ever! My favorite popsicle molds are these (at Target!) for big kids and these for toddlers. 

I hope you can find some sweetness during these summer days! We all deserve to have a little fun and enjoy a treat by the end of the day! 

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