11 Ice Cream Treats to Beat the Heat

I will never turn down dessert. Eating it out at a restaurant is amazing, but making it at home is even better.

It does, however, require an extra leap to fire up your oven when it’s hot outside. Even if you’re well-behaved and don’t open it up to peek at what’s baking (I’m not very good at this), you can’t help but feel the temperature in your kitchen kick up a few notches.

Instead, get inspired by fresh summer berries, classic cocktails, and favorite family treats. Make these simple, delightful, and absolutely refreshing desserts that all use ice cream as their base. There are even a few non-dairy options!

These 11 treats are everything you need to beat the heat:

Cake Shakes

This German chocolate cake shake is a fun variation on the classic dessert (and even incorporates real cake into the mix!).

Apple Pie Sundaes

If you’ve been missing the fall flavor of apple pie, you’re in luck! Rach transforms an American favorite in this sundae of brandied hot apple slices layered with a cookie, ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Balsamic Fig Sauce

The balsamic-fig reduction with its sweet and savory notes is something you’ll instantly love. Make a little extra sauce for topping all sorts of treats later on!

Mango Banana Ice Cream

This one’s rich, creamy, and perfect for people who are lactose-intolerant or avoiding dairy. Frozen bananas and coconut milk give a perfectly creamy (but cream-free!) texture.

Berry Delicious Ice Cream

A reduction of cinnamon, sugar, and Grand Marnier, paired with fresh, summer berries makes a topping that you’ll love over ice cream – and practically anything else!

Deluxe Ice Cream Pie

A homemade chocolate cookie crust provides a perfect foundation for this cold, minty pie (although you can use any ice cream flavor you have on-hand) with your own DIY fudge topping. Get ready for the compliments to pour in as your guests devour this divine dish!

Very Berry Smash with Meringues and Sorbet

Fresh, summertime berries soak in limoncello with a touch of mint for a super-refreshing flavor combination. The limoncello doesn’t get cooked off in this twist, so this one’s for the grown-ups!

Root Beer Russian Float

A White Russian meets a root beer float for a truly indulgent drink. Grab a second straw to share with your sweetie.

Berry Easy Dessert

Ok, so this treat doesn’t use ice cream exactly (it’s Greek yogurt!), but we promise you’ll love this healthy, refreshing, and oh-so-tasty dessert!

Banana “Ice Cream” Fake-out

If the tropical mango twist doesn’t strike your fancy, this simple frozen banana “ice cream” fake-out is just for you. Perfect for those bananas that are just a little too ripe, or if you’re looking for a healthier, dairy-free dessert.

Ice Cream Cake

This is a great recipe that can be made quickly, but it uses super-secret tricks (like brushing the cake with spiced rum!) to make it extra-delish. Another dessert that’s best left for the adults at your table.

Bonus Recipes: Kick it up a notch with these Looking for Mr. Goodbar Sundaes, or make your own Healthy Homemade Pops.

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