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!)
Took survey, will make for co-workers, would love to make for kids but, son is allergic to almonds. Do you recommend an alternative?
Awesome, we hope you and your coworkers and kiddos enjoy! Instead of almond milk, you can try cashew, soy, rice, or regular milks.
I took the survey for Almond Breeze. I also plan on making the cheesecake pops when I get to Walmart to buy the pop molds. Thanks for another great recipe! Deborah B.
Thanks Deborah, and we hope you enjoy them!
Can you use frozen berries in these?
Yes, you definitely can!
These look AMAZING– your photos are the best — and I took the survey. :)
Thank you Amy — we hope you enjoy them!
This recipe looks fantastic for hot Missouri days too!
Thanks — we hope you enjoy these!
I took the survey, funny they ask me if I’ll buy almond milk after seeing a post from you guys. I had to say yes, this recipe look soooo good!! My poor husband is trying to cut down sugar, so it’s a perfect recipe for him on a hot summer day! Here in Quebec it’s about 90 degree this week!!! I’ll try it for sure! Thanks!
Oh man, hang in there and stay cool Veronique! We hope you guys enjoy the popsicles!
These look delicious to my pregnant belly and brain! Filled out the survey too :)
Woohoo! We hope you enjoy them! :)
Took the survey! These look so good!
Thanks Jenna — we hope you enjoy them!
Survey done – the pops look awesome!
Thanks Maurie — we hope you enjoy them!
Took the survey and can’ wait to buy the almond milk and make these!
Yay! We hope you enjoy them Dianne!
I’ve been drinking and cooking w/ Almond Breeze for a while now. Love the taste! Thank you for sharing the
giveaway with us.
Did the survey! Thank you!
Took the survey! :)
I took the survey!
Done! Those look SO GOOD!
Thank you Kim — we hope you love them!
Took the survey! These look delicious!
Took the survey!!
Those ice pops look amazing – I might have to see if we have any ice pop molds hanging around :D
Thanks Abby — we hope you enjoy them!
I took the survey. Also, these look delicious!
Thanks Madeline — we hope you enjoy them!
Yum, recipe sounds great. Completed the survey. Thanks
Took the survey. These look delish! Can’t wait to try!
Sunday it will be 111 F in St. George, Utah. I hope I can find a mold by Saturday. I use almond and coconut milk several times a week so it was fun taking the survey.
Took the survey. These are beautiful!
Thanks Amy — we hope you enjoy them!
Hi took the survey.
I can’t wait to try these! (I filled out the survey)
Thanks Margaret — we hope you enjoy them!
Took the survey! Love me some Gimme Some Oven!!!!!!
These look great!
Thanks — we hope you enjoy!
Took the survey and can’t wait to make these popsicles. Woo hoo!
Yay! We hope you love them!
Austin was so much fun…and HOT! I could have used a few of these:) Best weekend ever! I can’t wait until our next trip! Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose! xo
Took the survey
I took the survey! Also these look beautiful, nice photos!
Thanks Leanne — we hope you enjoy the pops!
I took the survey!
These look delicious! I’ve made many recipes on your blog this past year and they have all been super good!
I’ve been visiting KS for the past week and have really appreciated all of your insights and recommendations about the city. I love when people love where they live! I’ve especially appreciated river market!
1. I took the survey, and 2. These look great!
Recipe looks delicious! I completed survey.
I love this site especially the recipes with fresh fruit. I’ve never had agave but I bought some for your fruit drinks that u posted which were awesome
Sorry forgot to mention I did take the survey
I took the Almond Breeze survey. Like recipes on your blog. Thank you.
Survey = complete !
Took the survey! Definitely trying out this recipe. These berry pops look delicious!
I took the survey – thanks! :)
Completed the survey – thank you for sharing that and this delicious recipe.
You’re welcome Liz — we hope you enjoy these!
My daughter and I did made the pops right after we took the survey. The pops were super easy, fun and delishious! I wasn’t sure about adding the graham crackers but did it and I have to say, the flavor and texture is just like cheesecake. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe, just one more way I can enjoy Blue Dimond Almond Breeze Milk.
completed survey This is my first time but I feel sure not my last.I am a diabetic, as is my son, grandson, and great granddaughter I really need to know each ingredient and appreciate sites like yours.
Hi Ali! I took the survey! Thanks for the GREAT recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!
Thanks Kelsey — we hope you love these!
Took the survey these look delish
Thanks for the recipe! I filled out the survey.
I took the survey and look forward to making these all summer long. I will definitely switch up the fruit too, such as peaches and nectarines!
Yes, we think peaches and nectarines would be amazing in these! :D
I’m so looking forward to making these! It’s the beginning of a very hot summer here in Montréal – already in the 90s, so these Popsicles will do the trick and cool us off. Thanks for sharing all your great recipes. As well, I did the survey.
Thanks Sharleen — We hope you enjoy them! Stay cool!
Completed the survey! :)
Took the survey. I love Almond milk and will have to try out these pops soon! They look delicious!
Thanks Katie — we hope you enjoy them! :)