Frozen: 5 recipes you can make using just your freezer

Does your family need to chill out? Get them working in the kitchen with these super easy freezer-based recipes—no oven required.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: it’s warm and bright, and perfect weather to chill out with your family in the kitchen. Forget about the stove this month—instead, here are five cool recipes you can make with your kids using only your freezer.

This gluten-free peanut butter bar cookie recipe comes from our community members and requires no baking at all—just stir the ingredients together, drop on a cookie sheet, and freeze. If your family wants to make ice cream, but lacks an ice cream maker, try some simple sherbets. Watermelon sherbet is made with yogurt and frozen watermelon, and banana ice cream couldn’t be easier—just freeze ripe bananas (or if you’re feeling fancy, a little pineapple), then puree in a food processor with yogurt.

Yogurt dots are super easy for young kids to make—just take your favourite flavor of yogurt and drop from a spoon in dots on a piece of aluminum foil. Freeze for 30-40 minutes, and then enjoy dot by frozen dot! To up your game a little, try rolling berries in yogurt and then freezing them (here’s a great tutorial on how to do that using blueberries). 

In fact, freezing any summer berries you pick is a fantastic way to preserve them for autumn—and to make smoothies a little extra frosty. After you take the family berry picking (here's a guide on how to do just that) simply wash the berries, and pat dry with a clean towel. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and freeze for 30-40 minutes. Then, transfer to an air-tight freezer friendly container or bag. Frozen berries are a great way to chill down a glass of water, as well as to add into smoothies.  

And of course, it’s not summer until you have popsicles in your freezer. We’ve rounded up our favourite popsicle recipes for you here

Now that you’ve got a taste of summer ready to go, we’ve got plenty of summer-friendly cooking activities to keep you refreshed and happy. Try cooking with your fridge, taste-test cold drinks from around the world, or head to the beach with the perfect picnic!. Plus, there’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon than with friends—so here’s our advice on how to organize a block party. We’ve also got loads of recipes for camp cooking, and cool summer dinner ideas that won’t heat up your kitchen—unless of course, you’re lucky enough to have a summer kitchen.

Whatever you're cooking this summer, we’d love to hear about it! Join our community on Facebook and Instagram where we’re sharing more great activities and recipes all summer long. 

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