Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This gorgeous Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake was made for the awesome Cake Boss Baking Site.  You definitely need to check it out.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

The middle of summer just screams ice cream.  We have gone through quite a few homemade versions and store bought cartons.   The ice cream monsters in our house stage mini revolts when there is no available ice cream to cool off with, or if there is ice cream in the freezer that is off limits.

Ok, so revolt might be a strong word.   They do give me “the look” though when I say the ice cream has other plans.  Yes, now ice cream has been added to the list of “must not eat unless mom gives the ok”.   They had to know that one was coming.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

A few weeks ago I was approached by a rep from the Cake Boss Baking Site  about creating a fun ice cream dessert using one of their baking pans to celebrate a #SummerSundae .

Ice Cream, dessert, and Cake Boss?  That was kind of a no brainer for me.  I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen to create something fun to share over there.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Since we like to make cheesecake a lot around here, I chose the 9 inch springform pan.  But instead of cheesecake, I used my homemade brownie recipe in the pan.

Topping it with 2 ice cream flavors, Cool Whip, and fun sprinkles turned it from an easy brownie into an awesome summer dessert.  It didn’t last long around here once the kids knew it was fair game.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw a few slices being eating for breakfast.

It’s summer…there are no rules in our house about what you can and can’t eat for breakfast.  I bet you wish you lived in our house :-)

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Make sure you stop by the Cake Boss Baking Site to get the recipe for this delicious Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake.   You are going to love eating a slice of this on a hot summer day!

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Berry Coconut Crisp

Summer time means eating as many fresh fruits as possible.  Try mixing those berries and making this Berry Coconut Crisp the next time you need a dessert.  A scoop of ice cream takes it over the top.

Warm berries, crunchy crisp, and melty ice cream…oh, yeah!

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

Do you have monsters that live in your house?

Ha!  We have fruit monsters, candy monsters, cheese monsters, and of course we can’t forget about the Oreo monsters.  I try hiding the candy and Oreos in different places each time to throw the monsters off, but the cheese and fruit has to stay in the fridge.  I have tried putting it in the very back with boxes of salad in front of it.  Either it gets found or I totally forget that it’s in there.

By the time I remember and want to make something, the monsters have either eaten it, or it has fuzzy green stuff growing on it.  I have started to just leave the fruit out in the open on the top shelf, because really who wants to waste money on fruit that goes bad.

I do that enough with veggies in the bottom drawer.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

My daughter and husband love fresh cherries.  Something about eating a fruit that allows you to “spit” a seed or something like that makes it more fun.

The first bag of cherries disappeared before I had a chance to make up this Berry Coconut Crisp idea that was swirling about in my head.  Ggggrrrr to opening the fridge and not seeing those berries anywhere…I had to tell myself that at least they got eaten.

Back to the store to get more berries to bake with.  This time I was smart and bought extra for snacking and for enjoying this Berry Coffee Cake for breakfast one morning.   Of course a few “extras” always end up in the cart when I go shopping for just one thing.  I can’t resist that baking aisle ever.

Oh, and a few cartons of ice cream might have made their way into the cart.  I mean it is summer, so we have to eat it.  It’s one of those rules that I do not argue with.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

Prep the berries by washing them and pitting the cherries.  You can also cut the cherries in half like I did, or you can leave them whole.  It really doesn’t matter much in this yummy crisp.

Mix the berries and some coconut with a little bit of flour and cinnamon right in your baking dish.  There is no reason to dirty too many dishes today.  Then mix the rest of the dry ingredients in a bowl and cut the cold butter in until it looks like crumbs.  You can use two knives or a fork to do this.

Or buy a pastry blender to save some muscle work….I have decided that a pastry blender is definitely going on my shopping list next.  Cutting cold butter into flour and oats will give your arm muscles a work out.

Or maybe I’m just weak and need to do more time at the gym.  That’s also very possible.  Summer time has me skipping days there.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

After you have the topping ready, spoon it evenly over the fruit.  Throw it in the oven for 40 minutes for the berries to bake down and the topping to get all crispy.   Ok, fine don’t throw it, just place it nice and gently in the hot oven and wait for the crispy magic to happen.

This is one dessert that you can enjoy right out of the oven.  I love a warm berry crisp with ice cream melting over the top of it.  There are others (like my husband) who prefer it cold with the  ice cream not melting on top.  Either way works…but honestly try it warm at least once.  It’s so good.

I may have enjoyed a bowl of this for breakfast one morning.  It is fruit and oats after all with a scoop of dairy on top.  Wink, wink!

Eating dessert for breakfast and skipping the gym are probably not two of my best ideas…

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

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Berry Coconut Crisp

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Berry Coconut Crisp

Blueberries, cherries, and coconut with a crispy coconut topping. Serve it warm with ice cream for a delicious after dinner dessert.

Ingredients

For the Berries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups pitted, halved cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded coconut
For the Crisp Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons butter
Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  1. Combine the blueberries and cherries in a 2 quart casserole dish. Stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and coconut and toss with the berries.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, coconut, and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Spread over the berry mixture in the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove and serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Store in a covered container.
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More delicious and fun ways to enjoy BERRY treats: 

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Glazed Triple Berry Rolls

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Berry Oreo Icebox Cake

 

 

 

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Let’s all celebrate with a bowl of this Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. Swirls of cookie chunks and strawberry preserves give this ice cream such a pretty color.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

This summer has been different than most.

It hasn’t been hot and steamy like most midwest summers.  Oh, believe me, I’m not complaining.  But 70 degree days and sleeping with our windows open at night is just plain strange for July.   Two nights in a row now it has been cool enough that we have turned off the air and opened the windows.  Gotta love that!  Our electric bill is going to be nice to us this month.

Of course just because it is cooler this summer doesn’t mean we haven’t been downing the ice cream.  Summer does equal ice cream all the time after all.  Our freezer has been staying stocked with cookies and cream, vanilla, coffee, and my daughter’s favorite double dunker.  Chocolate, coffee, and cookie dough all swirled together…yeah, she’s definitely my kid :-)

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

Even though ice cream is so easy to buy, I like creating fun flavors in my kitchen every once in a while.

Did you know you can make ice cream without an ice cream machine?  It’s actually quite easy.  Whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk is all you need for the base.  That’s right.  Two ingredients and you can have a creamy  homemade ice cream.

Of course mine never stays just 2 ingredients because I like to have fun with things I find in my cupboard.  Yes, my cupboards look like a mini mart.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
I was excited when OXO asked me to use a few of their products to make ice cream for the #IceCreamForOXO campaign.  The little mini measuring beakers are my absolute favorite.  They are soooo cute!

And the angled measuring cup is awesome.  No more trying to guess from the side if you have enough liquid.  This measuring cup lets you read your measurements from the top.  It’s a new favorite too.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

So I did what anyone would do and pulled a few things out to jazz up some homemade ice cream.  I mean we have to celebrate these fun food holidays.  And since July is dedicated to being ice cream month that means a whole month of ice cream celebrating.  That sounds like some fun.

Just don’t tell my pants that we are going to celebrate all month.  I have a feeling they won’t like me much after this.

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

So, let’s make some ice cream.

Start by putting your metal mixing bowl and whisk beater in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you start.  This will get the bowl nice and cold so the heavy cream will whip up faster.  Set that aside.

I have started adding a package of cream cheese to my sweetened condensed milk.  It gives the ice cream a little bit more of a creamier texture.  So whip together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until creamy.  Then stir in the lemon juice.  Adding the lemon juice will give the ice cream a slightly icier texture.   Just let the ice cream sit out for a few minutes to soften up before you start scooping.

Now fold the fluffy whipped cream into the creamed mixture.  At this point you can freeze the mixture and have a delicious ice cream.  But…let’s add some more fun.  Chunks of lemon Oreo cookies and swirls of strawberry preserves kind of fun.  Stir the cookies into the ice cream gently.  It’s ok if the cream filling comes out of the cookies as you stir.  This just adds more color to the swirls when you scoop it out.

Spoon about a third of the mixture into a bowl.  Swirl a few small spoonfuls of preserves into it.  A little goes a long way so do not over due it on the spoonfuls.  Repeat this two more times ending with fun red swirls on top.  Be careful as you do each swirl.  Do not let your knife go down all the way to the layer under it.  Too much swirling and it will become strawberry ice cream.  Swirl gently so it stays lemon ice cream with strawberry swirls.  Got it?

Now for the hardest part of the entire recipe.  Put the bowl in the freezer and walk away for hours.  I know.  That’s a hard thing to do when you want ice cream right now.  I suggest making this right before going to bed.  That way visions of strawberry lemon swirls will float through your head as you sleep.  Plus, waking up to ready to go ice cream is so sweet.  Literally.

What are you waiting for?  Let’s celebrate the rest of the month with ice cream every day.  I’m game if you are :-)

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream - easy no machine lemon ice cream with Oreo and strawberry swirls

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Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

Lemon cream ice cream with Lemon cookie chunks and strawberry preserves swirled in. This is a refreshing ice cream to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 ounces lemon juice (8 Tablespoons)
2 cups Lemon Oreo cookie chunks
1/4 cup strawberry preserves

Instructions

  1. Chill your metal bowl and/or beater blades for at least 30 minutes. Beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk and beat again. Stir in the lemon juice. Fold in the whipped cream gently. Stir in the cookie chunks.
  3. Spoon a third of the mixture into a freezer safe container. Drop a few spoonfuls of strawberry preserves on top. Swirl gently with a knife. Repeat two more times, ending with strawberry swirls. Freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours. Store in the freezer in a covered container.

Notes

*The lemon juice added to the mixture will result in an ice cream that is a little bit icier. Let the container sit out on the counter for a few minutes before serving to soften it up.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/lemon-oreo-strawberry-swirl-ice-cream/

 More easy ice cream recipes that you can make without a machine:

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream 2

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*I was sent OXO kitchen products to review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Looking for an awesome dessert to share with friends and family this summer?   This Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie is just what you need.  Layers of pie crust, fudge brownie, and a no bake cookie dough cheesecake will have you drooling in no time.

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Oh, my word!  You guys!!!

I just created the most amazing, most delicious, most crazy good pie!!!  Seriously!!!  It beats everything I have ever made!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Brownie cheesecake pie has kind of become my thing to make.  You aren’t surprised are you?

There is something about that ooey, gooey, fudge-y brownie topped with a cheesecake that makes me go weak in the knees.  I can’t stop making them…or eating them.  My pants kind of hate me for it!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

It has been a while since the last brownie pie, so last weekend I started brainstorming new crazy creations that would work with the brownie pie.  I also was thinking up some new cookie dough treats to try out.  All of a sudden a lightbulb went off!  Why not marry the two together?

Seriously this was the best idea ever!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

The brownie gets baked in a pie crust first.  Now if you are a domestic queen and love making your own pie crusts…go for it.  It totally will work.  But this pie has quite a few layers and steps, so I went with a refrigerated pie crust.  Anything that saves me time in the kitchen is my friend.  It just means I am one step closer to enjoying a slice of pie.

One more confession…I also used a boxed brownie mix.  My reason…see above.  Feel free to experiment and make your own but your baking times will probably be a little different.  You see I don’t use the directions on the box.  We want this brownie to be rich and fudge-y, so the directions are modified slightly.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

While the brownie bakes, get started on your cookie dough pieces.  There is no egg in this cookie dough, so it is safe to eat without cooking.  I may have been sampling the dough as I rolled the tiny balls.  One for the pan, one for me.  Reason #2 in this post of why my pants are angry with me.

Make sure you roll the balls smaller than you normally would.  The recipe makes 56 small bites.  Not that biting into a large dough ball chunk is a problem, but we want to have enough to spread out over the entire filling.  Place the cookie dough balls on a wax paper lined tray and place in the freezer.  Leave them there until later.

Let the brownie pie cool completely, then whip up the no bake cheesecake to place on top.  Cream cheese mixed with brown sugar and Cool Whip creates this light fluffy filling that compliments that dark, rich brownie pie so well.

Take the cookie dough bites out of the freezer and cut them in half.  Just trust me!  You want want to spread the cookie dough love around in the pie.  Make sure to set aside 10 balls (20 halves) for the topping. Stir the rest into the cheesecake filling gently, then spoon the filling on top of the cooled brownie.

Top it all off with some mini chocolate chips, Cool Whip swirls, and the extra cookie dough pieces.  Then get ready to face plant!

Seriously!  It is that amazing!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 - 10 inch pie

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Layers of fudge-y brownie pie and a fluffy cookie dough cheesecake is an amazing dessert to end the night with.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
For the Cheesecake Layer
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 12 ounce container Cool Whip, divided
For the Cookie Dough Bites
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Unroll the pie crust according to the package directions. Place in a 10 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Beat the brownie mix, oil, water, and egg until combined. Spoon into the pie crust. Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil to prevent them from burning. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  3. Beat the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Add the flour and milk and beat again. Stir in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Roll into 56 tiny cookie dough bites. Place on a wax paper lined tray and freeze until hard.
  4. Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Fold in 3 cups of Cool Whip.
  5. Cut the cookie dough bites in half. Reserve 10 balls (20 halves for the topping) Stir gently into the cheesecake filling. Spoon the filling gently on top of the cooled brownie.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining chocolate chips. Top with Cool Whip swirls and the reserved cookie dough bites. Cut into 12 pieces of pie. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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 Here are a few more crazy delicious Brownie Pies to try:

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Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie

 

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for big bowls of this Caramel Snickers Ice Cream.  This easy ice cream doesn’t need a special machine for you to enjoy it this summer.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

Sprinklers, fresh cut grass, sunshine, pool days, and ice cream are definitely summer favorites in our house.  Add a few surprise thunderstorms and humidity and we are in the middle of all things summer.

Did you know that you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker?  This easy ice cream only has a few ingredients and can be customized to your taste every single time.  We went with caramel and Snickers bars this time.  But just think of all the combos you could come up with.  I have a feeling a few more varieties will be showing up this summer in our freezer and on the blog.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

There is something so satisfying about a cup or cone of ice cream on a hot summer day.  I like to keep different varieties in my freezer for our kids to snack on.  They hear the ice cream truck music coming, and I pull out the ice cream.

Is it just me or is there something scary about the music from that truck?  I mean some guy driving slowly along tempting children to come to his vehicle…yeah, I’m going to keep my kids running to my freezer instead.  Not to mention the price of one ice cream bar is crazy.  That is almost scarier than the music and creepy truck.

This ice cream starts with heavy whipping cream.  Make sure to freeze your bowl and wire whisk beater for at least 30 minutes before starting.  The cold from the bowl will help the cream whip up faster.  It takes about 5-7 minutes for the cream to get thick and fluffy.  Set it aside.  Now beat the cream cheese until creamy and slowly add the sweetened condensed milk.  You can add your toppings to this mixture.  Then fold the whipped cream into it.  Folding just means slowly and carefully stir your whipped cream in so that the air doesn’t deflate.  You can use a spatula to lift your mixture up and over.  It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t that hard.  You just don’t want to stir it vigorously.

Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe container and add a little bit of caramel.  Swirl it with a knife.  Repeat this 2 more times.  Just be careful as you swirl, so you do not mess up the lower swirls.  You want pockets of caramel in every scoop.

Now all you have to do is wait for it to freeze.  I do recommend making it the night before you want to eat it.  That way it is ready to go first thing in the morning.  But if you waited until the afternoon, I suggest mowing the lawn or taking a walk while you wait.

Or find that scary ice cream music and buy an overpriced drumstick.  Your call :-)

 

*Make sure you check out We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts for more cute packaging options. The code BRUCREW will save you 20% off your purchase!!  I used the label die cuts that came with the Bakery Box Die Cut to make cute labels for our ice cream cups.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

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Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Caramel and Snickers bars make this easy NO MACHINE ice cream a fun and delicious summer treat.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups chopped Snickers bars (8 oz. bag bites)
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

  1. Place a metal bowl and wire whisk attachment in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Beat the heavy whipping cream for 5 - 7 minutes, until thick and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly until mixed into the cream cheese. Gently stir in the Snickers bars and chocolate covered peanuts. Fold in the whipping cream.
  4. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe bowl. Spoon a little bit of caramel on top. Swirl with a knife. Repeat 2 more times, swirling the caramel very carefully each time. Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/caramel-snickers-ice-cream/

 More delicious and fun desserts that have Snickers candy bars in:

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Snickers Muddy Buddies from Chef-In-Training
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Java Chip Milkshake

June is National Dairy Month, and I am dairy excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association this year to bring you delicious treats to help you get your recommended servings.

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink to enjoy on a hot summer day

All things summer are happening around our house.  That is just udder-ly ridiculous that it is already June.  Wasn’t it just snowing the other day?   We even did our big family vacation last week after the last day of school was over.  Our summer calendar was already full, so that week was the only one that worked well for us to get away.

Now we are home and adjusting to our summer schedule.   Those are two dreaded words that all school kids do not like to hear during the summer.  My husband and I want to be dairy sure that our kids are not spending all their time watching TV, and that they are eating healthy while they are home this summer.   There will be plenty of fun things that they can do for the next 2 1/2 months that do not involve screens.  Today they are already pulling out the sprinkler for some extra ordin-dairy fun on the trampoline.

My job this summer is to make sure that they are making good choices when it comes to eating.  I want to make sure they are grazing on fruits, veggies, yogurt, and milk this summer instead of the cookies and cake that is always in our kitchen thanks to the crazy baking I like to do all the time.  Did you know that most people do not eat the recommended servings of dairy each day?  Dietary experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy each day.  Most people need to add another serving of dairy per day to reach that quota.

Cud you believe that?

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

Milkshakes are one of our favorite summertime treats to make.  They are so easy to customize and change up each and every time.  Our kids are always in the moo-d for a cold treat on a hot day.  Scratch that…they like these on any day of the year.  It keeps me moo-tivated to make these icy treats a little bit healthier for them.

I used frozen yogurt mixed with coffee and chocolate milk to create a fun version of our favorite coffee house frappe.  That’s a double whammy of protein and dairy in each serving.  My kids had no idea they were drinking a healthy shake.  This is one healthy treat that I will definitely be milking for all it’s worth.

Ok, ok, I am dairy sorry for all the milk puns you endured in this post.  I’m sure you have herd all those before.  Seriously, I’m moo-ving on :-)

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

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Java Chip Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Java Chip Milkshake

Frozen yogurt and chocolate milk mixed with coffee and chocolate chips makes this milkshake the perfect way to get another serving of dairy in your diet.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/4 cup chocolate milk
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Cool Whip
chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine the frozen yogurt, cooled coffee, chocolate milk, and mini chocolate chips in a blender. Pulse until combined and the chips have been completely incorporated.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses. Top with Cool Whip and chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.
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Lemon Cream Berry Pie

This easy Lemon Cream Berry Pie has a layer of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and Cool Whip.  Almost entirely no bake, this pie is so easy to make and have on hand for dessert.

Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie

So this week I decided I wanted pie.

Oh, I didn’t really need this said pie, I just had a craving for it.  What is with pie all of a sudden?  I never used to make it, and now pie cravings have become a real thing.  No wonder I have to work out…my eating doesn’t stay clean for very long at all.  #foodbloggerproblems


Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie

My husband just laughs and laughs at me when I mention that I am giving up sugar.  He knows that resolve is only going to last a day or two.  If that :-)

In fact, I think I may have just said that again yesterday.  Since it is still bright and early in the day as I write this, I am doing good.  As long as I stay out of the kitchen I might make it.

Of course we have a picnic to attend tonight…and I know there will be goodies.  Darn you baking craze…I made a new version of peanut butter bars to share with everyone.  Haha!  Now you probably want PB bars!  If you were here, I would most definitely force a few upon you.

Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie
Well, there I go again getting distracted.  You are here for pie, and all I’m doing is going on and on about peanut butter bars.  Sorry!  (come back later next month for the bar recipe)

You know the Disney movie UP?  Yeah, my brain is a lot like Doug’s.  Squirrel! (totally said with wide eyes while looking around)

So, pie.  I kept thinking about this Coconut Fudge Pie from a few months ago, and finally decided to recreate it with a summery twist.  Lemon, berries, and almost no bake.  It’s most definitely a sumer pie you are going to love.

Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie
I realize that there are more pictures in this post than normal.   This pie was just so photogenic that I ended up with quite a few I loved.  Ok, that made me LOL for real.  I take way too many pictures of all the food I make…I’m just usually better at narrowing them down.  Today you get the bonus few pictures because I was loving how pretty this pie ended up.

Let’s start with the pie crust.  Did you notice that I said this pie was almost no bake?  I did bake a pie crust for it.  If you wanted to go with a graham cracker crust or even a cookie crust, that would make it all the way no bake.  Actually brain fart…this pie made with the Lemon Oreo cookies would be the bomb.com…where was that idea earlier?  But if you like pie crust like me, bake that.  It still tastes crazy good.

Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie

Now for the fun and beautiful layers.  I am such a sucker for layered desserts.  Have you noticed that too?   :-)

The bottom layer is a no bake cheesecake mousse.  Softened cream cheese gets blended with powdered sugar, then Cool Whip is stirred in.  Yes, I use Cool Whip!  In fact, I eat it by the spoonfuls.  I know there are people who have issues with using it…I’m not one of them.  If you are reading this and having a time getting past that ingredient, you could use whipped cream.  But realize that it will affect the texture of the pie.  And I don’t know how long it will hold up in your refrigerator.

I used an instant lemon pudding mix for the middle layer.  Lemon pudding is the sweet and light way to go.  It’s also what I had in my cupboard.  Lemon curd would be awesome for this layer too.  My cupboards really need a detox, so I am trying to use up what I have.  I won’t tell you that I went to the store for the pie crust, Cool Whip, and berries.  This pie is about using up ingredients, and that’s the story I am sticking too.

More Cool Whip covers the entire pie.  Like I said…I’m good with the stuff.  Rows of raspberries and blueberries  around the outside edge give this pie a fun red, white, and blue look.  Ultimately this was the reason for the pie.  I wanted something patriotic for future picnics.  Not tonight’s picnic thought…they get the peanut butter bars I was babbling about earlier because this pie didn’t last too long.  No, I didn’t eat it all :-)  I sent it over with my husband to a church meeting, then afterwards we inhaled the leftovers.

So recap of the pie…
1.  It’s almost no bake making it perfect for the hot summer months.  See my note above about making it totally no bake.
2.  It’s full of Cool Whip…and I love the stuff.
3.  Lemon pudding or lemon curd…either works.
4.  Rows of red and blue berries contrast with the Cool Whip for a fun patriotic dessert.
5.  This pie doesn’t last long.  You might want to make two.

Lemon Cream Berry Pie - layers of no bake cheesecake, lemon pudding, and berries makes this a delicious and pretty summer pie

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Lemon Cream Berry Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 slices of pie

Lemon Cream Berry Pie

A no bake cheesecake layer with lemon pudding and Cool Whip makes an easy yet impressive dessert to serve at picnics and parties.

Ingredients

1 refrigerated pie crust
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3 cups Cool Whip, divided
1 -3.4 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
1 1/4 cups milk (I used low fat)
fresh raspberries and blueberries

Instructions

  1. Bake the pie crust according to the package directions for an unfilled pie. Let cool completely.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spoon into the cooled pie crust and smooth out.
  3. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Spread gently over the cheesecake layer.
  4. Spoon the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the pie. Decorate the top with the fruit. Keep refrigerated. Cut into 10 slices.

Notes

*If you want a stronger lemon flavor that is tart, use lemon curd in place of the pudding in the pie.

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