5 Recipes for Satisfying Your Pumpkin Craving in the Summer
Because you're already falling for fall.
We still have weeks of summer left, but if your mind has already turned to fall -- and, specifically, to pumpkin spice everything -- try these recipes for frozen pumpkin treats, including no-bake cheesecake, ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen coffee, and smoothies.
1. Frozen Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Freezing the filling for this pumpkin pie cheesecake from Chelsea's Messy Apron means you can skip the stovetop -- which makes this both an easier version of a classic fall dessert and a cool treat for hot summer days. Make the crust from cinnamon graham crackers, butter, and brown sugar; then combine canned pumpkin, cream cheese, whipped topping, sweetened condensed milk, and pumpkin pie spice; pour the mixture into the crust, and freeze overnight.
2. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Yogurt smoothies are healthy treats for kids (and adults) during summer breakfasts or snacks -- and putting a pumpkin twist on the usual berry combos will give you a refreshing preview of cooler days ahead. This recipe for pumpkin spice smoothies from Lemon Tree Dwelling uses common ingredients -- vanilla yogurt, banana, maple syrup -- and incorporates frozen pumpkin puree and pie spices for extra fall flavor.
3. Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
The pumpkin spice latte is one of the first harbingers of pumpkin season, and Sally's Baking Addiction's DIY version of its icy cousin -- the Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino -- is a cheaper, healthier way to start the season at home. For a frosty, slushy finished product, use coffee refrigerated overnight and blended with frozen cubes of pumpkin, milk, sugar, and spices. Even topped with whipped cream, the drink will total just over 60 calories -- about 1/10th of the store-bought version, according to the recipe.
4. Pumpkin Spice Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
Don't put those popsicle molds away yet: These simple pumpkin spice frozen yogurt popsicles from The Rebel Chick will have you making DIY frozen treats long after August is over. The recipe calls for four ingredients -- vanilla yogurt, pumpkin puree, honey, and pumpkin pie spice -- and freezes in about six hours. Another idea: While filling the molds with the pumpkin mixture, leave a little space at what will be the bottom of the pop for a spoonful of graham cracker crumbs, creating a mini crust experience that calls up traditional pies.
5. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
A pan of homemade pumpkin pie ice cream (like this one from Brit + Co) starts with pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, and heavy cream. Mix and freeze in a loaf pan -- no ice cream maker required -- and then spend the rest of the summer coming up with creative ways to eat it: In a cone; under a topping of crumbled graham crackers; between two slices of a cinnamon roll as part of an ice cream sandwich; on top of your favorite pumpkin bread; as the base for a tasty homemade milkshake; with a side of gingersnaps; or straight from the container (we won't tell).