Bourbon Pecan Pie Affogato #FallFlavors

Bourbon Pecan Pie Affogato is a 3-ingredient dessert that can’t get any easier. Scoop, sprinkle, and pour and you have a delicious after-dinner coffee and dessert all in one! 

This post is sponsored on behalf of #FallFlavors. Our generous sponsors Millican Pecan and Door County Coffee and Tea  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Bourbon Pecan Pie Affogato is a 3-ingredient dessert that can't get any easier. Scoop, sprinkle, and pour and you have a delicious after-dinner coffee and dessert all in one! 

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Red, White & Blue Funfetti Ice Cream #SummerDessertWeek

Homemade cake batter ice cream packed with festive sprinkles and crushed funfetti cookies brings a sweet, colorful treat to your summer celebrations. Make this Red, White & Blue Funfetti Ice Cream today!

Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Red, White & Blue Funfetti Ice Cream - Homemade cake batter ice cream packed with festive sprinkles and crushed funfetti cookies brings a sweet, colorful treat to your summer celebrations.

It’s funny. I’ve been blogging for years but there are still some holidays that I am totally delinquent on. I have no recipes created for our patriotic holidays (eg. 4th of July and Memorial Day), and very few recipes for Halloween or Thanksgiving. One of my goals of the years was to remedy that and start building those collections.

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Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles – made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

When I was growing up, we were in a newly build neighborhood. I vividly remember the kids running wild throughout the neighborhood – biking all over and playing in each other’s yards and the culdesacs. It was the picture I had in mind when my husband and I were house-hunting a few years ago, getting ready to start our own family.

Fast forward to today, and I’m lucky enough that we have exactly what I wanted for my children – to grow up in a neighborhood where the kids are always outside playing together; where parents hang out and chat as the kids run around together. My daughter has a solid group of girls in her grade and slightly older that play together almost daily – riding bikes and scooters, playing with American girl dolls and doing crafts. And my Little Man seems to have been adopted by the neighborhood “Big Boys,” who he begs to play with daily. Those 4th graders have taken my little 4 year old under their wing, patiently helping him load his water gun, lending him their nerf guns, and giving him piggy back rides.

All of this makes me smile and feel incredibly lucky every afternoon I see my kids playing with their friends.

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

Now that it’s summer, more often than not, the kids are doing some sort of water play – water gun fights, sprinklers, the random inflatable pool… In that hot sun, we do plenty of popsicles so that everyone stays hydrated, although I try to avoid the excess sugar (these kids have enough energy without that!).

That’s where these Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles come in. There is very little added sweetener in them, but the the little bit comes from a natural sweetener – maple syrup. Lots of blueberries, some low-fat milk, and a surprising addition of low-fat cottage cheese (protein!) make these popsicles a healthier alternative to what we’d typically buy at the grocery store.

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

I don’t make homemade popsicles often, but the kids and I really enjoy them when I do. These popsicles were a hit with the kiddos, who had no idea that they were on the healthier side.

Interested in other popsicle ideas?

  • Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles – The coconut cream in these popsicles give the treat a lovely creamy consistency, whereas sometimes milk comes out more icy. Don’t like coconut? Don’t worry, they didn’t taste like coconut at all.
  • For the adults, these Raspberry Sangria Popsicles from Chef Savvy were a hit with me and my husband. This post reminds me that I have to make them again. 🙂
  • You can also check out some of previous round-ups of popsicle recipes, like this round-up or this one.

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

A Quick Recipe Note:

To make homemade popsicles at home, you really do need to have some sort of popsicle mold. The sets aren’t particularly expensive, and are fairly easy to store. This is similar to the popsicle molds that I have – which I’ve been very happy with (they’re easy to fill and easy to clean):

Enjoy!

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Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 74 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. frozen blueberries thawed
  • 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. low-fat milk
  • 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a blender and puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender as needed.

  2. Evenly portion into 1/3 c. popsicle molds. Freeze until set, at least 3 hours.

This recipe was rewritten but barely adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine, May/June 2016.

Cool off this summer with Healthier Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles - made with frozen fruit, a natural sweetener (instead of added sugar), and a surprising protein boost. 

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Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

 This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee – a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that’s a nod to an after dinner coffee.

Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee - a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that's a nod to a after dinner coffee.

When I was growing up, I was very close to my dad’s mother. I used to love to sleep over her house. We’d do crafts (mostly painting) for hours. We’d garden and bake, with me sneaking extra servings of the sweets to my grandfather. And when we weren’t baking? We’d be digging into Grandma’s stash of ice cream.

Nothing brings me back to those days with my grandmother more than coffee ice cream. It was her favorite. And because of her love of that ice cream (and coffee-flavored Nips candy), I loved all things coffee-flavored, way before I liked coffee.

Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee - a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that's a nod to a after dinner coffee.

So today’s recipe is a nod not only to National Ice Cream Day but to my memories of my Grandma. This Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is sweeter and richer than most coffee ice cream, because it’s made with condensed milk rather than milk or cream. It also has a stronger coffee flavor than you’d find in store-bought coffee ice cream. I added chocolate pieces to mine, because little pieces of crunchy chocolate in cold ice cream is never a bad idea, although you can totally skip it if you wanted to.

Not a coffee fan or looking for more great recipes? Check out these National Ice Cream Day recipes my blogging friends have created for you. Or, search #NationalIceCreamMonth (yes! there’s a whole foodie month dedicated to ice cream!) for a visual tour of some mouthwatering ice cream dishes.

And HUGE thanks to Jolene at Jolene’s Recipe Journal for putting together this great event!

Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee - a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that's a nod to a after dinner coffee.

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This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee – a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that’s a nod to an after dinner coffee.

Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee – a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that’s a nod to an after dinner coffee.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian-Inspired
Servings 1 Quart
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk a little more than 1-14 oz. can
  • 1 1/2 c. strong coffee cooled, if possible
  • 1/2 c. half-and-half
  • big pinch of finely ground dark roast coffee
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped semi-sweet or dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Whisk together condensed milk, coffee, half-and-half, and coffee granules. Refrigerate until chilled, at least an hour.
  2. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions. (Mine froze for about 20 minutes). In last minute or two in the ice cream maker, add chopped chocolate.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and put into freezer to harden.

Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe was adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz (p. 35)
  • I added a few links below (affiliate links – there’s no extra charge to you!) of my favorite ice cream making products. This includes the ice cream maker I use on a regular basis and the cookbook that this recipe was from. It also includes the quart-sized plastic containers that I keep on hand to store my homemade ice cream (and also extra marinara sauce, chicken stock, soup, etc.). All are products that I own and love.
Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - This rich coffee ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk just like Vietnamese coffee - a lovely snack on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert that's a nod to a after dinner coffee.

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