18 Frozen Treats You Can Enjoy Without an Ice Cream Maker

18 Frozen Treats You Can Enjoy Without an Ice Cream Maker

Ariel Knutson
May 26, 2014
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Now that it's warm out, it's time to turn off the oven and make yourself something deliciously cold for dessert. No ice cream maker? No problem. There are plenty of frozen treats that don't require that seasonal kitchen tool, like a frozen Oreo cake that will have your Memorial Day crowd screaming for more. If you haven't tried that magical one-ingredient banana ice cream, now is the time (Nutella optional but recommended). Then there is the bright crush of juicy, slushy sorbets and popsicles, not to mention milkshakes; go traditional with sublime strawberry or shake it up with banana cream pie.

We have 18 frozen delights for you today — which will start off your summer?

No Ice Cream Maker? No Problem.

Because I have a small Brooklyn kitchen in New York, storing a bulky ice cream maker isn't really an option. That's why when I want to make something sweet when it's hot out, these recipes are an easy answer. Popsicles like strawberry-yogurt or watermelon are especially easy to make; all you need is your favorite popsicle mold.

Or I just pull out a more year-round appliance, like a blender or food processor, to make a simple frozen dessert like banana peanut butter milkshakes, or a sweet wine slushy.

But Remember: You Can Make Ice Cream Without a Machine.

And don't forget — there are some very good ways to get your ice cream fix without a bulky machine. So if you are craving the homemade sort, do check out our nifty method for ultra-creamy yet easy ice cream. No ice cream maker required.

Now, on to all the other goodies! Here from frozen banana bites dipped in chocolate, to the ultimate strawberry milkshake, are our favorite no-fuss frozen desserts. What are your favorite frozen treats to enjoy when it's hot out?

The Easiest Ice Cream Desserts


Slushies & Sorbets

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