Beat the heat with these tasty treats PermalinkWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The thermostat has been hitting the upper 90s in Boulder, and we’re burning up. The weekly dip in the pool just isn’t cutting it. If ever there were a good excuse for a daily frozen treat, the July heat is it. We have a bunch of organic dried fruit that pairs perfectly with cold dishes. Even better, each of these 3 recipes is simple to prepare. Perfect for you to cool off after work or to distract your kids from the unhealthy ice cream truck that might be rolling by. Before summer gives way to fall, make the most of this hot opportunity to indulge in some cold and fruity treats.

Dried Pineapple Pina Colada  
Most pina coladas are made with canned pineapple juice, and thats just not okay. Use the real stuff to add some really good flavor.  Just add your favorite rum coconut milk and cream, fruit and puree.  So easy and such a festive way to keep summer’s heat at bay. You may not be able to escape to the Bahamas, but this fruity drink is the next best thing.

Fruit-Infused Ice 
Plain old H2O ice cubes? Boring! Why not jazz up your water and tastebuds with fun fruit-flavored cubes that are just as pretty to look at as they are to eat. The great news about making your own fruit cubes? The cocktail combinations are endless. Drop them in your favorite or try this dinner-party stunner: Make a mojito, add mango cubes, stir and enjoy.

Apricot Rice Pudding Pops
Sure, you can find creamy pops in the store, but not like these. Imagine your favorite rice pudding in summer form. These pops remind of the winter classic, though we’ve dressed them up with the addition of creamy coconut milk. They’re head and shoulders above anything you’d find in the store since they’re also free from artificial colors and you control the amount of sugar you add. Under the noon day sun, we think there’s no reason to not enjoy  one.

Consider these your prescriptions to survive the dog days of summer. Take with copious amounts of pool time, chill tunes and breezy conversation.

Do you have a favorite cool recipe? We’d love to hear about it!

Comment (1)

  1. Lori McLain says:

    Man …both recipes sound COOL ….. the apricot rice pudding bars are fun…Ilove stuff on a stick !

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