Frozen Fruit Desserts Your Family Will Love

Summer Fruit Desserts Your Kids Will Love

I have a special treat for you today … My sweet friend Dena from Back to the Book Nutrition is visiting with us sharing three of her favorite frozen fruit desserts perfect for summertime. Because I got a sneak peek at these recipes, my family already made her scrumptious Frozen Banana Pops and let me assure you that they’re definitely a huge hit! Next on our must-make list is her decadent fruit floats. Yum! So, take it away, Dena …

Frozen Fruit Desserts Your Family Will Love

by Dena at Back to the Book Nutrition

Despite my passion for dessert, our family tries to only indulge on the weekend. During the summer, our weekend treat tends to be something fruity or frozen, like the three amazingly simple and delicious frozen fruit desserts that I’m sharing below.

If you’re a dessert lover like me, you’ll appreciate that each of these feature delicious, refreshing, and healthy fruits straight from God’s creation. Packed with all-natural sweetness and flavor, they’re also loaded with nutrition! So, they’re sweet treats you can feel good about feeding your family … and even though they’re healthy, I guarantee your family will love them!

Fruit Floats


I developed these fruit floats last summer, and they were an immediate favorite with our family and friends. We made endless varieties throughout the season, and I’ve already had requests to make them again, now that summer is in full gear.

The idea is similar to an old-fashioned coke or root beer float – only the ice cream floats in 100% fruit purees that take just a few minutes to blend. Get the recipes for the three Fruit Float recipes pictured (Strawberry-Banana-Coconut, Cherry-Berry, and Pineapple). Or try my original Fruit Floats recipes (Watermelon-Strawberry, Mango-Orange, and Blueberry-Pineapple).

Organic Fruit Juice Popsicles


Few desserts are simpler than fruit juice popsicles. Once summer is in full swing, you’ll find a batch of them in our freezer on any given day. Sometimes we simply pour fruit juice into the popsicle molds, but occasionally, I’ll get out the Vitamix and blend some frozen fruit with a little juice for a change. You’ll find three of our favorite healthy, homemade and economical Organic Fruit Juice Popsicle recipes over at my blog.

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 4

The first time I enjoyed these pops was almost 20 years ago at a VBS during a mission trip to Honduras. Women from the little country church thoughtfully handmade the frozen treats for all of the children and volunteers. They were a huge hit – not only because they were delicious, but because these children rarely enjoyed treats of any kind, let alone chocolate dipped bananas!

Now I’m seeing various recipes for banana pops both online and in stores, but I only recently made them myself. I’m not sure why I waited so long, especially since the whole family loves them!

Any type of chocolate can be melted for dipping. (I use Enjoy Life chocolate chunks, which are gluten free, dairy free and soy free – don’t let that description fool you, though – they’re delicious!)

Our favorite sprinkled toppings are pictured here – chopped peanuts, almonds and shredded coconut. However, you can use just about anything – a sprinkle of sea salt, additional chopped chocolate, maybe even a drizzle of nut or seed butter… Oh dear, those all sound so good! I had better focus, or I’ll be running off to try some of those new ideas.

Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Pops

Yield: 4 banana pops


  • 2 very large or 4 small fresh ripe bananas
  • 1/2 bag (5oz) Enjoy Life chocolate mega chunks
  • 1 tsp pure coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (2 tbsp per pop) of desired toppings (chopped nuts, etc.)
  • Pops Supplies:
  • 4 popsicle sticks (or cake pop sticks)
  • Wax paper
  • Cutting board, cookie sheet or other flat surface for freezing


  1. Prepare the cutting board or cookie sheet by covering with wax paper.
  2. Set out your toppings and do any chopping or other prep that’s needed before continuing.
  3. Place chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan over the stove. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until just melted, then turn heat off. (Alternatively, place ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring between each. Should take only 45-60 seconds of heating time to melt the chocolate). Add a pinch of sea salt if desired.
  4. Peel the bananas, slice into halves if using large ones, or just slice one tip off if using small ones.
  5. Gently insert a cake pop or popsicle stick into the flat end of one banana, then carefully press until it is inserted about halfway down the length of the banana.
  6. Either dip the banana pop into the melted chocolate, or use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate onto the banana, turning so that the entire banana is evenly coated. Allow any excess to drip back into the chocolate dish.
  7. Lay the chocolate covered banana at one end of the wax paper-covered board, then sprinkle generously with toppings.
  8. Repeat the dipping and topping for all pops, then place the board in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, or until chocolate is set.
  9. If storing in freezer overnight or longer, be sure to cover or transfer the banana pops to an airtight container. To serve, allow banana pops to sit at room temperature for a few minutes.

Thanks again to Kelly for inviting me over for a visit today. I hope these fruit-filled desserts help make the rest of the summer a little sweeter for you and your readers’ families!

DSC_5115-2-177x193Dena Norton is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) turned stay at home mom. She and her husband, Rick currently have two precious children, ages 4 and 22 months. In 2013 she started Back To The Book Nutrition, a business and blog that inspires others to enjoy and worship God through nutrition and health. Subscribe to Dena’s blog or join her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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I love my Mom bunches and am so thankful to God for every minute we get to spend together. Of course, it’s no surprise that many of those minutes are in the kitchen – either cooking, or washing the resulting pile of dishes.

Growing up, my Mom made this amazing turkey sausage gravy that we’d heap huge spoonfuls of onto hot homemade biscuits. I’ve been craving that recipe ever since I went gluten-free. So consider this post part one in a two-part series.

First, I’m sharing this delicious slightly-spicy turkey breakfast sausage recipe – a treasured family favorite! My boys adore this simple recipe so much, they won’t eat any other breakfast sausage, period. And seriously, I can’t blame them. These perfectly seasoned little patties are hard to resist!

But I simply cannot get that sausage gravy out of my mind. So there will definitely be a part two, once Mom and I figure out how to tweak her sausage gravy recipe to replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative. Got a recommendation? Do tell!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these savory little sausages handmade with love from my family to yours!

Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Spicy Turkey Breakfast Sausage (GF)

Yield: 8-10 sausage patties



  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, knead well until thoroughly combined.
  2. Preheat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Form turkey mixture into 8-10 balls and press them into patties. Place the patties on a plate until your finished forming them. (If the mixture is sticky, moisten hands with a little water to make it easier to form the patties.)
  3. Cook the patties about 3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional 2 minutes. (Note: You may need to adjust cooking time depending on size and thickness of your patties.)
  4. Alternately, you can crumble the spicy turkey meat into the hot skillet, if you'd like to use sausage crumbles as a substitute for browned meat in a recipe.


Recipe Variation: For delicious Apple Maple Sausage Patties, simply add 1/2 cup grated apple and 1 1/2 tablespoons of pure dark maple syrup to the above recipe. Yum!

Time-Saving Tip: Double or triple the recipe and store cooled cooked patties in the freezer. Then, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat for a quick, delicious breakfast!

Disclosure: The above recipe ingredient links are amazon affiliate links. By purchasing via these links The Nourishing Home receives a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. Of course, you are not obligated to use these links to make a purchase, but if you do, please know that it helps to support this site and ministry. Thank you!

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If you’re from the South, chances are you’ve been to many a potluck where ambrosia salad graced the table. In fact, at any given church fellowship, there might even be two or three versions of it!

Funny thing, I checked into the history of ambrosia and realized I’m a little lax on my knowledge of Greek mythology. I had no idea that the word ambrosia is the name of the magically delicious food that helped the Greek gods maintain their immortality. (Now, that’s what I call a pretty serious health claim!)

Yet, I can’t help but find it a bit ironic that this dish named after a mythological superfood has so many health faux pas with its processed marshmallows, red-dye laden maraschino cherries, and oftentimes cool whip. Ouch!

The good news … you can create a healthier version using homemade dairy or non-dairy Greek-style yogurt combined with wholesome fresh fruits and unsweetened coconut.

Of course, there’s only one food that can truly bring eternal life (John 6:35-69). Thank you, Lord!

When it simply comes to enjoying the familiar taste of Southern-style ambrosia, this real food version is a satisfying treat that provides a great dose of probiotics, as well as a healthy boost of nutrition!

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This healthy ambrosia salad yogurt parfait, can easily be transformed in an ambrosia fruit salad by simply doubling or tripling the ingredients as described in the recipe below. Enjoy!

Ambrosia Salad with Toasted Coconut (GF)

Yield: 2 servings



  1. If desired, toast 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes to use as garnish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the orange sections, pineapple, shredded coconut and nuts, if desired. Toss to combine.
  4. Fold the yogurt into the fruit and top with toasted coconut flakes. Absolutely delicious!


Recipe Variation: For a classic ambrosia-style fruit salad, double or triple the amount of fruit in this recipe, but keep the yogurt, honey and vanilla measurements the same. This will result in a delicious creamy fruit salad perfect for summer entertaining!

P.S. Feel free to add or substitute fruits, as desired. Some delicious options include: Kiwi, red grapes, cherries, etc.

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