It took place in Austin (Texas Forever!) out on Panther Field (where all of the football scenes were filmed) on a hot Friday night (of course). And literally thousands of fans and most of the cast showed up to celebrate together! I traveled there with my good friend Maria, who is my kindred FNL-loving spirit. And we spent the evening touring the Panther Fieldhouse (where I got to have this little moment), meeting some of the cast members (oh hey, Landry!), watching the cast gather together again for a Q&A, and getting all chocked up over a wonderful tearjerker of an episode that they played on the big screen after then sun had set. Amazing.
Of course, being that it was Texas in June, it was also blaaaaaazing hot. So I grabbed an ice pop midway through the evening to cool down. Then once I returned to Kansas City a few days later, where it was also blazing hot, I decided it was time to kick-off my rhythm of making some homemade ice pops for the summer.
My first batch?
These unbelievably delicious Berry Cheesecake Pops.
For some reason, I’ve been craving cheesecake a lot lately. But let’s be real, who wants to turn on their oven when it’s 100° outside?!
Not I, said the hen.
So instead, I went the opposite route and put my freezer to work making these frozen ice pops. And they totally satisfied my craving!
To make them, simply create your cheesecake-y base by blending together some Almond Breeze Almondmilk (I went with their Original Unsweetened flavor), honey, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and a brick of low-fat cream cheese.
Puree all of those ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. (Or you can also use those biceps and whisk everything together by hand.)
Then chop up some berries and graham crackers to mix in.
Pro tip though — if you don’t want your berries to totally turn the ice pops purple, I recommend chopping them up a bit and then rinsing them briefly with water in a strainer to remove some of the excess purple juices. Or — purple-y ice pops will also be lovely. :)
Then pour everything into an ice pops mold.
And once the pops are nice and frozen, they’ll be ready to serve!
Definitely the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot Friday night in Texas…or Kansas City…or wherever you may be. :)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
pinch of salt
2 cups fresh berries, chopped then briefly rinsed in water
2 graham cracker sheets, roughly chopped
Add cream cheese, almondmilk, honey, vanilla and salt to a blender. Puree until smooth.
Stir in the berries and graham crackers until combined.
Pour the mixture into ice pop molds. Then freeze until solid.
*Cook time does not include the time it takes for these to freeze — approximately 4-6 hours, depending on the temperature of your freezer.
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. All almondmilk-loving opinions are my own, as always. Thanks for continuing to support the brands who help make this site possible! (Also, we have chosen a winner from everyone who participated in the survey that was shared on June 15, 2016. Thanks to everyone who entered!)
Filled out the survey! And these popsicles look amazing!!
those look really yummy! Do you think the graham crackers would get soggy?
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They were a little soft, but not soggy. If you’re worried, though, feel totally free to leave them out! :)
Filled out the survey. And, Yum! Looking forward to trying these! Where’d you get your cool ice pop molds?
Survey Taken! These look great!
Took the survey! Totally making these with some dairy-free gluten-free adjustments :)
Filled out the survey and will now be craving those popsicles all day!
These look so good! Survey done!
I completed the survey!
I will be making these pops for my son’s birthday!
Filled out the survey! :)
I took the survey. These look delicious!
Survey = done! Also, those popsicles look amazing. :)
Filled out survey! :)
Will be making these very soon. Arizona summers need stuff like this! :)
Filled out the survey! I’ve been looking for some good popsicle recipes; I’ll have to give this one a try!
Can’t wait to give these a try! The cheesecake flavor sounds divine. PS- Filled out the survey.
Thanks Amanda — we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
I just had to pop by to say these popsicles are so gorgeous!
Thank you Megan! We hope you get a chance to try them sometime soon!
This is such a great idea for a healthier ice pop! I love almond milk, have it in my protein shake every morning, but would not have thought it would freeze well!
Oh and I did the survey!!
Thanks Kara — we hope you enjoy them! :)
I completed the survey. Thank you. I don’t drink almond milk, but I need to buy some to make this recipe. Sounds like a perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months.
These sound so good! Can’t wait to try them!
Took the survey :)
Took the survey! With all the popsicle recipes floating around the interwebs, I really need to get popsicle molds!
I took the survey
These look so yummy! I filled out the survey.
What a great way to satisfy your cheesecake craving!! These look delicious! Must try soon!
Thanks Lindsay! We hope you love them! :)
These look so yummy! Definitely tempts me to put popsicle molds on my registry. :D
These look awesome! Love almond milk! Survey complete!!! Thanks for all the oven lovin!
Took the survey! And saved the recipe :)
I took the survey!
I filled out the survey and I cannot wait to make these cheesecake pops (I will probably add a few mini chocolate chips!).
i took the survey!
I took the survey! Getting the ingredients to make these ASAP! :)
Yay! We hope you love them Josie!
I took the survey! Love Almond Breeze. It’s one of the only non-dairy milks I like.
Survey taken! These pops are so photogenic!
Thanks Hilary — we hope you get a chance to try them soon (they taste even better)! ;)
This looks incredibly tasty! Thanks for the share!
You’re welcome Kylie — we hope you enjoy these! :)
Yum! Filled out the survey.
You had me at cheesecake. I’m making these tomorrow, no one will tell me otherwise.
Thanks for the great recipe!
Thanks Britt — we hope you love them! :D
Took the survey! LOVE your blog!
Thanks for that Katie — we appreciate it! :)
Took the survey, this recipe looks yummy. I am going to have to add almond breeze to my shopping list, and look around for some ice pop molds so I can give this a try! Thanks for the great summer idea!
I took the survey! My favorite almond milk is Silk unsweetened. Sometimes I’ll indulge in their dark chocolate :)
Filled out the survey! I bet these would also be delicious with Oreo instead of fruit :)
Yes, it totally would! We hope you have fun making some!
Survey completed :).
Did the survey! Also going to try the recipe!
We hope you enjoy them Carol!
Took the survey! Not sure how the chocolate almond milk in my fridge would work with this. Maybe I should do a chocolate, peanut butter and banana combo.
Oooh, we think that sounds yummy Meredith!
Totally trying these. Oh, and I took the survey. :)
Thanks Rachel — we hope you enjoy the recipe!
Took the survey!
This recipe came at the perfect time! I was looking for a healthy, GERD friendly treat for my mother in law and these are perfect! I also love Almond Breeze Almond Milk and already have it on hand!
These seem so easy-peasy that I’ll definitely be making them and adding Almond Breeze to my shopping list. Also participated in the survey!
Looks delicious! (Took the survey :) )
Thanks Nicolle — we hope you love them!
I did the survey! And these look amazing–must try
Thanks Katie — we hope you enjoy them!
I completed the survey and I can’t wait to try the Popsicles!!!!
We hope you enjoy them Jenna!
Took the survey! (: