Sure, you have an arsenal of nice cream recipes saved on Pinterest and love a good watermelon pizza. But what about those hot summer nights when you want a frozen sweet treat but have zero energy to make one? Enter the two ingredient dessert. Yep—two.
Some feature dark chocolate, others peanut butter (and there’s even one with Greek yogurt). What do they all have in common? Fruit as the base, which is crucial if you want some serious flavor with your nutrient-packed treat. It’s a little like cheating on your morning smoothie—but hey, it’s just a summer fling, right?
Tempted to climb into your freezer? Try one of these cool, two-ingredient healthy summer desserts instead.
Strawberry chunks can create a sweet, seriously creamy sorbet. Mind blown, right? The only other thing you need for this recipe is a little bit of sweetener, like agave—far fewer ingredients than you’ll find on the back of more highly processed desserts in the frozen foods section at the grocery store. Plus, since the recipe requires pre-freezing the strawberries, your post-blending wait time is shortened significantly.
Between relying on coconut water to stay hydrated and coconut oil as a post-beach leave-in conditioner, the tropical fruit is summer’s unofficial mascot. This recipe calls for mango and coconut milk, which adds creaminess and healthy fat. And hey, if mangos aren’t your thing, sub it out for another fruit you love.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew: the holy grail of wonderfully hydrating and satisfyingly sweet melons. So if you can’t decide which flavor to make for these granitas, it is totally acceptable to try them all. All you have to do? Cut up the melon and blend it with a bit of agave before freezing in the cups of your choice.
Overripe bananas are perfect contenders for smoothies, sure, but they can also be turned into two-ingredient ice cream. If you’re skeptical, so was Two Peas & Their Pod‘s Maria Lichty. “How could two ingredients create a smooth and creamy ice cream? There is no cream, milk, eggs, or even sugar involved,” she writes, but as soon as she tried it, she was immediately sold. “I was amazed at the rich and silky texture,” she raves. “It was the best peanut butter banana ice cream I have ever tasted.”
You knew there had to be one chocolate-dipped fruit on this list, right? Strawberries and bananas are the usual suspects, but watermelon is a nice, crunchy twist. All you need: some bite-sized slices and melted dark chocolate. And the best part is that you’re free to dig in right away—no waiting required.
This big-batch simple dessert is perfect for keeping in the freezer for those humid days when you need something cold, stat. “You can use fresh or frozen strawberries and either plain natural or Greek yogurt,” explains My Fussy Eater‘s Ciara Attwell. And if you want to go above and beyond, you can whip up a batch of homemade yogurt in advance to use, too.
Basic popsicles get a major upgrade with this delicious fruit combo of blackberries and seedless red grapes. Just blend, strain, and pour into popsicle molds. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, the fruit combo is as hydrating and nourishing as it is refreshing.
Any of these treats would make for the perfect dessert at your next healthy cookout. Or, if you’re looking to fill your freezer with more summery snacks, these 11 frozen banana based recipes will not disappoint.