Have a random pint of ice cream or frozen yogurt in your freezer that just seems to take up space? If you don't want to go at it with a spoon and make it your next meal, put that frozen goodness to good use and try these unusual approaches!
Remember, this frozen treat already has a lot of essential ingredients that can be used for baking -- think eggs, milk, and sugar. Try something a bit different this year and make some banana bread with a frozen twist. Mix one pint of the good stuff with one cup of all-purpose flour, a tablespoon of baking powder, and one and a half teaspoons of salt to make a simple batter. Fold in smashed banana, bake in a greased loaf at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about a half an hour, and be ready to impress all your friends.
Creamy ice pops
Want to feel a little less guilty about that dessert? Mix some frozen yogurt with pieces of fresh fruit such as strawberries, kiwis, bananas, raspberries, and mangoes into Popsicle molds. Make sure to use more fruit than ice cream, as the fruit will freeze into an icier consistency and hold the pop together when it starts to melt. You can even have it for breakfast, we won't tell.
Love iced coffees? You'll then love affogato, an Italian dessert that is simple to make and decadent to enjoy. Simply prepare a scoop of gelato, chocolate works best, and pour a shot of espresso over it. Top with chocolate shavings and you will have a dessert any Italian will be jealous of.
Make an adult appropriate snack
Milkshakes and root beer floats aren't just for kids after all! All you need to do is grab your favorite beer, a stout preferably, mix it with some vanilla ice cream, and blend away. According to the International Ice Cream Association, 28% of consumers prefer vanilla. And according to common sense, many adults prefer beer, so you should have a real crowd pleaser on your hands!
Feeling inspired? Remember, it is up to you to create a frozen treat that makes you squeal with glee. Go ahead, the options are endless!