What would summer be without sweet treats? I wait eagerly for the amazing fruits we can get in summer, from blueberries and cherries to peaches and watermelon. But freez-y treats are also pretty critical to summer, so there are also plenty of frozen smoothies, popsicles (made from juice or smoothies), and even the occasional ice cream.
This month we went a little bananas for bananas. Once the dehydrator was out for rhubarb leather, we made huge batches of dried bananas candy. Not all our bananas fit on the dehydrator, so we froze the rest and started experimenting with recipes for banana ice cream, an amazingly healthy sweet summer treat! We also stuck leftover banana scraps in many frozen smoothies with hidden greens gathered from the garden, especially purslane.
Other sweet finds
All this sweet stuff means ants have lots to attract them in our kitchen, so I enjoyed this post on how to get rid of ants without chemicals from Carol at Pure Living Space.
I’ve discovered more delightful ingredients worth exploring lately. A friend of mine is sharing her bounty of black currants, so I was thrilled to find this post on ways to use black currants from Kris at Growing Wild Roots.
Michelle at Seeking Joyful Simplicity introduced me to the medicinal properties of hibiscus flowers, which I’ve only occasionally added to homemade tea blends. I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate healing foods and herbs, and Michelle has a wealth of information on her site about using herbs to support health.
Now that the sweetest summer veggies are rolling in it’s easier than ever to eat loads of vegetables– I definitely include cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and corn in the category of sweet summer treats! We’re getting lots of potassium and other important nutrients from all that farm produce.
Are you swimming in tomatoes yet? My latest post at Eartheasy has a boatload of suggestions for what to do with all those tomatoes!
Do you wish you had more home-grown deliciousness in your summer? My post on 9 ways to get more food from your yard has been pretty popular on Pinterest this month among hundreds of people looking to grow more of their own food. Implement some or all of these strategies, and enjoy years of free food growing right outside your door!
What sweet treats have you been enjoying this month?
If you need some healthy ideas for ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out my Healthy Treats Pinterest board!