Happy June!

Posted On: June 1, 2014

Happy June!

It’s starting to heat up which naturally turned our thoughts to tasty summer favorites designed to keep us cool. Snow cones are great and all, but why not step up the chilled treat game? That’s why we decided to compile some of the most delicious, most creative recipes right here! Iced drinks, cold desserts and dinner ideas too… all perfectly gluten-free.

The Tools

Okay, so there are plenty of things you can make without the use of special utensils or appliances. But, if you’ve ever dreamed of owning something totally neat like an ice cream maker, what better time to pull the trigger and buy it? From the simple to the mechanically complex, we created a short list of cool tools to own that make whipping up summer treats extra fun:

1) We mentioned this one already: an ice cream maker! Great for dairy-free sorbets too, there’s one for every price point over at Williams-Sonoma.

2) Popsicle molds are AMAZING to have. You can put anything even semi-liquid in them and then eat it frozen. Yogurt? Juice? Booze? Done. Like magic. The Kitchen reviewed their favorites right here!

3) A totally awesome juicer. This can either be the old fashioned kind where you ring lemons by hand or you can go big and buy something industrial strength. It’s perfect for healthy sipping or making fresh, fruity cocktail mixers that pack way less sugar than store-bought juices.

4) A melon baller. It’s small, but powerful. Those chilled fruit salads will never be the same.

5) A really superb cooler that can keep it all cold on the go!

That’s just a start! If you have a super-handy gadget that you just can’t get enough of in the warmer months, let us know in the comments below!

Drink Up

The easiest place to start when you’re trying to keep cool is obviously with fresh, fun summer beverages. From your basic lemonade to foodie-friendly cucumber sangrias, if it’s over ice, it’s hard to go wrong! Better Homes And Gardens compiled a delicious list of 25 Refreshing Summer Drinks (both boozy and otherwise) that’s packed with fresh ingredients and perfect for any palate.

Of course, if you like your drinks with a little more bite – literally – then these spiked watermelon balls infused with lime juice and rum are an absolute must-try! There’s also this recipe for blood orange, prosecco and thyme sorbet that sounds just as fresh as can be.

Feeling Fruity

Want something with a little more flair than your typical fruit salad but a lot less sugary than dessert? We hear you! Sometimes you just want something sweet that’s (kind of) healthy too. This recipe for raspberry ice is super simple and fat-free to boot! You can also top a bowl of fresh berries with this homemade coconut cream.

Desserts

No explanation required here. But if you aren’t in the mood to settle for store-bought ice cream, give one of the following a go:

1) Vanilla-chocolate pudding pops: These are super-portable, so throwing some in the ice chest for that trip to the lake is definitely a good idea.

2) Mango and coconut ring: Fresh fruit meets a creamy, whipped cream-esque frozen treat that present perfectly. Great for your next backyard soiree!

3) Chocolate-ricotta mousse: Light. Creamy. Chocolatey. Just 3 ingredients.

4) Banana pops: Dip ’em and freeze ’em. It’s so easy and even (dare we say it) a little healthy. These 6 recipes take this summery favorite and add a few delicious twists.

Beyond Dessert

Who says the cooler temperatures are reserved for sweets and drinks? There are some lunch and dinner recipes that are served up cold and are perfect for those days when sweating over the grill just doesn’t appeal. Start by putting a gourmet twist on one of everyone’s sunny weather go-to’s: watermelon! It’s not just for slicing and seed spitting anymore…

Try this watermelon gazpacho from Gluten-free Goddess or this watermelon soup with fresh lobster.

Too quirky for you? Martha Stewart has a great list of no-cook summer recipes that includes quite a few creative gluten-free options. Just skip the sandwiches… but then, we don’t have to tell you that! Personally, we can’t wait to try the cold southwestern corn and shrimp soup…

All this should provide you with the perfect start to summer chilling. If you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share, post it in the comments below! We can never have too many bright ideas.

Summer on.

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