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!)
Definitely need to make these! Also, filled out the survey.
We hope you enjoy them Allie!
I filled out the survey! ? These look oh so yummy…and I’m not even a huge cheesecake fan! I might make them for my daughter’s bday party or just for a summertime treat! Thanks for the inspiration!
Thank you Alicia! We hope you and your daughter love them! :)
Just filled out the survey; can’t wait to make these this weekend!
We hope you enjoy them Eliza!
Not only did I take the survey I used this almond milk tonight in Mac and cheese! Popsicles look great!
That’s great Kate! We hope you love the popsicles as well if you get a chance to make them! :)
I took the survey! These are getting made tonight! Yum!
Awesome! We hope you love them!
These look so amazing… Must try!
Also filled out survey.
I took the survey!
Just took the survey!
These look delicious! I’ve loved making recipes off your blog!
I’ve also been in KC for the past week and I’ve loved all your insights into and recommendations about the city! I appreciate when people love where they live!
Thank you Lauren, and we’re so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the KC recommendations! We hope you have a fantastic remainder of your trip! :)
is it possible to make this with coconut milk instead?
We haven’t tried that Sara, but we think it sounds absolutely amazing, and we say go for it! :D
I completed the survey! :) these look delicious- I’d love to try them when I acquire an ice-pop mold!
Took the survey! Looking forward to trying these and some other popsicle recipes this summer!
Thanks Dana — we hope you enjoy these! :)
Took the survey!
These look delicious! Is there a dairy free substitute I can use instead of cream cheese? Thanks!
I completed the survey – and I have the same Popsicle molds and can’t wait to make this recipe! Thanks, Ali!
Thanks Jenny — we hope you enjoy!
I’m totally going to get my molds out of storage to make some of these, and purple popsicles sound delightful.
Yay! We hope you enjoy them Ronda!
I took the survey and these look absolutely delicious in this crazy Kansas City heat ;)
Thanks Rachel — and yes, they’re definitely cooling us down! We hope you enjoy! :)
These look great, can’t wait to try! Where did you get your Popsicle mold from? Also, I filled out the survey.
Thanks Larke — we hope you enjoy them! And the popsicle mold is made by Fox Run (found it at Kohl’s)!
Took the survey! These look delicious!
Thanks Sarica — we hope you love them!
I took the survey and I cannot wait to make these!
Thanks Jesse — we hope you love them!
Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to giving it a try. I also completed the survey!
Thanks Ann — we hope you enjoy them!
Took the survey….hope to make the pops very soon. VERY GLAD almond milk is used in the recipe too!!!
Thanks Jacquie — we hope you love them! :)
Done with the survey and these ice pops look amazing! I will be making this weekend for sure!
Thanks Erika — we hope you love them!
Completed the survey, and these look delicious!!
Thanks Laura — we hope you enjoy them!
I read your blog all the time but I’m a first time commenter. Your recipes are fab and I love what I’ve tried so far! But these pops look awesome and they’re definitely on my list to try this weekend.
Just a suggestion if you want your pops to freeze faster, you can use a Zoku pop maker. I love mine! I use it all the time. Since it freezes liquids within minutes, you can layer different fruits or liquids inside your pops. Such a handy kitchen tool to have in the summer!
Ps: I also took the survey :)
Hey there! Thanks for your sweet comment, we really appreciate it! :) Also, thanks for your suggestion on the quick-freezing pop mold — we LOVE Zoku products! :)
These look delicious! Will definitely give the recipe a try. Took the survey too!
Thanks Terri — we hope you enjoy these!
I took the survey! quick n easy!
These look awesome. Can’t wait to try them for our Grandchildren. I love your mould. Perhaps you could post where you got that lovely purchase.
Took the survey. Thank you!
Thank you Doreen — we hope you enjoy these! And the pop mold is Fox Run (got it at Kohl’s)!
I am definitely going to give these pops a try! I will mix it up a bit and use non-dairy cream cheese. Have you tried it?
I posted my comments on the survey. Thank you for your tasty recipes :)
Hi Christie! We haven’t tried this recipe with non-dairy cheese, but if you do, definitely let us know how they turn out! :)
I took the survey, now gonna make some Popsicles
We hope you enjoy them Denise!
Took the survey and now I’m going to make the the Berry cheesecake pops!?
Yay! We hope you enjoyed them Mary!
Love your blog and this recipe!! Took the survey too!
Thank you Paki — we hope you enjoy these!
I took the survey…can’t wait to make these cheesecake pops!
Thanks Malia — we hope you love them!
Took the survey! Those look amazing!
Thanks Kristina — we hope you enjoy!
I completed the survey.
Looks delicious per usual! Took the survey :)
Thanks Emily — we hope you enjoy!
Survey completed! And wow this recipe is going on the “need to make NOW” list! After all, I’m a Texan!
Yay! Stay cool, and we hope you enjoy these! :)
Hi there! Filled out the survey! Hey you never know! Meanwhile…tried this in my icecream maker, chopped up the berries and stirred them in after it churned…great concept, but didn’t work that well..not that “creamy”. Any suggestions? Love your emails and website!
Thanks Maggie! And that’s cool that you tried this in your ice cream maker! We think using heavy cream would definitely be better for the ice cream maker though. We would actually recommend starting with a vanilla ice cream base, then adding in the cream cheese, berries, and graham crackers towards the end of churning.
Can’t wait to try these pops. Yes! I took the survey
Thanks Kim — we hope you enjoy them!
I agree about not wanting to turn the oven on! These will work perfect since my husband’s birthday is coming up and his favorite dessert is cheesecake. I took the survey.
Yay! We hope he loves them Clara! :)
I just took the survey, very quick.
I buy Blue Diamond almond milk all the time. It is delicious and nutritious.
I want some!!
Took the survey … and am now going to make these for Father’s Day and purchase a mold!
Thank you for the awesome idea!!
That’s awesome Kristen — we hope your dad loves them!
I filled out the survey. I am eager to try the recipe :)
We hope you enjoy these Sherry!
What better way to have your cake and eat it too. Love, Love, Love.
Quick question: would greek cream cheese work just as well as low fat?
Hey Caitlin! We haven’t tried that but we think you could give it a try!
Can’t wait to try these! Everything I have tried from your recipe collection have been smashing hits! I have filled out the survey too.
Thank you Cheryl — we hope you enjoy them!
Can’t wait to make these!!! Took the survey!
Thanks Rachael — we hope you love them!
Look yummy! I completed the survey :)
Took your quick survey Love your recipes Thanks.
Thanks Janice — we hope you enjoy these!
Filled out the survey! These look amazing..I’m thinking chocolate chips would be a perfect addition to these popsicles! ;)
Thanks Allie — we hope you love them! Also, chocolate chips would be yummy — we like the way you think! :D