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5 Healthier Frozen Summer Treats

Jennifer Pantin
by Jennifer Pantin
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5 Healthier Frozen Summer Treats

We’ve reached summer’s halfway mark, but just because it’s nearing the time to hang up your bathing suit doesn’t mean you should abandon your fitness goals. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, don’t let it derail your goals. We’ve got a few tips like replacing dessert with healthy fruit — the natural sweetness is better for you. And when you need to beat the heat, we’ve got you covered with these five healthier frozen summer treats — including a skinny peach pie popsicle recipe bonus!



Whether you use blended fruit or fresh fruit juice, fruit popsicles are both naturally sweet and incredibly low in calories. Whipping up a batch takes less time than a trip to the grocery store and will be much lower in sugar. Bonus: If you use the whole fruit instead of just the juice you’ll also retain the fiber (which gets lost while juicing), making your dessert a little healthier. (Popsicle Playbook: 5 Fun Ideas has some out-of-the box fruity pop recipes you’ll love!)


Never had granita? Think of it as shaved ice for grown-ups. Blend your favorite fruit with some water (and a little liqueur if you’d like!) and pour it into a glass dish. Place in the freezer until frozen solid; then scrape the entire mixture. The result is a delicious and sophisticated dessert—and it’s much healthier than buying ready-made frozen ices or pouring sugary syrup over shaved ice.


Looking for an ice cream substitute? Meet your new best friend, the banana. Banana whip could not be easier to make. Freeze bananas. Blend bananas. Eat bananas! The consistency is just like ice cream, but with all the health benefits of bananas and minus all the fat and calories of ice cream. Add some toasted coconut or a couple of chocolate chips for an indulgent sundae.


When you choose frozen yogurt over ice cream at the supermarket, you are making a healthier decision—there’s usually less fat and sugar, and fewer calories in frozen yogurt. But it’s so simple to make frozen yogurt at home—and it wont’ contain any unnecessary preservatives the way the store bought kind can! Customize whatever flavor you want by mixing plain yogurt with fruit, then freeze, and blend! I’m personally fond of raspberry with a tablespoon of chocolate chips mixed in.


The two fruits I’ve been reaching for (OK, devouring) this summer are cherries and peaches. I’ve been whipping together tons of recipes with them, and one of my favorites are these skinny peach pie pops. They’re super sweet thanks to ripe peaches, and still come in under 100 calories each. And the graham cracker crust makes them feel indulgent. Enjoy!

What are your favorite healthy desserts this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Originally published August 2014, updated July 2022

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About the Author

Jennifer Pantin
Jennifer Pantin

Writer, lawyer, and healthy-eating proponent, Jennifer Pantin loves experimenting with new, healthy recipes in her Brooklyn kitchen. Her blog, Lorimer Street Kitchen, is where she shares this passion for food and the belief that healthy recipes can be good for you and delicious, too. Connect with Jennifer and Lorimer Street Kitchen on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.


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