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Frosty Treats for Spring Heat

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-Rache’ll Brown

Sweltering temperatures and lazy spring days bring forth a yearning in me like no other. An overwhelming desire to consume something icy and sweet ensues, and I’m at a loss of what to do. But one day when I was browsing the Internet, and it hit me—why don’t I make my own frozen treats? So I bought a Popsicle mold and some supplies, then got to work. Thank God for Pinterest.

First thing’s first, decide what kind of treat, or treats (I always go with the plural), to make. The options are endless. For Popsicles, gather things like juice, crystal light, and fresh fruit. Simply freezing sliced fruit, like strawberries, kiwis, mangoes, and more, in a Popsicle mold with some water creates a satisfying and extremely healthy treat. But freezing juice or crystal light can be better—I love buying Jet Mango Mania Real Fruit Puree/Tea Infusion Smoothie Mix and freezing that for a flavorful treat (pictured above).

Craving something rich and creamy? Homemade fudgsicles are the best. Chocolate Covered Katie has an array of recipes to choose from, but my personal favorite is the classic chocolate fudgsicle, which I like to make slight changes to. Skip out on the cocoa powder and added sweeteners, and use the required amount of coconut milk with hot chocolate mix to create a satisfying variation on this treat. Desserts like this are so fun and simple because they are open-ended. If it can be frozen, make a treat out of it!

So when the sun is out, save money on over-priced, over-sweetened treat and create something tailored to your tastes. Nothing is more satisfying than a frosty treat on a hot spring day, and your friends will supply you with endless amount of love and gratitude if you supply them with a delicious snack.

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A Solitary Snack: Cake For One


-Rache’ll Brown

I have a massive sweet tooth. Honestly, it’s a problem. I am constantly craving sugar, and sometimes exercising self-control can be hard, but I’ve discovered the perfect solution: Cake in a Cup! While browsing Pinterest, I discovered Chocolate-Covered Katie and her Single Lady Cupcakes, which inspired me to create a healthier, single-serving dessert for myself.

Cake in a Cup
3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate (or normal hot chocolate!)
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
Splash of vanilla (I never measure!)
1 tablespoon of sugar-free applesauce (or vegetable oil, if you aren’t trying to be fat-free)
Water (Just add enough to make the batter wet – the constancy shouldn’t be super thick and pasty, but it shouldn’t be really runny and thin!)

Mix all of the ingredients together directly in your mug, and then microwave for one minute. Sometimes I add colorful sprinkles on top, but usually the plain old cake is good enough for me! Of course you can substitute different ingredients to tailor the dessert to match your taste – you could omit the hot chocolate mix for a more plain cake, or add chocolate chips, sugar or nuts for more flavor. You could also use pumpkin or banana instead of applesauce for a more autumnal feel.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to alter it to create a dessert that fits whatever you are craving, and since it is only one serving, you don’t have to worry about the leftovers haunting you from the kitchen! So, the next time you are craving a little something sweet, reach for a mug and create a cake in a cup. It’s simple and delicious, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand anyway.