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 the survey. Have been buying Almond Breeze for years. Thanks for the yummy-looking recipe! Mine will be purpley so I won’t waste the juice!
These look delish! Perfect for the 4th of July, too! Thanks for sharing!
xo Anna Lynn with Waiting On Martha
Thanks Anna Lynn — we hope you enjoy them! :)
I took the survey! As someone who can’t eat/drink dairy products, almond milk is one of my favorite dairy substitutes! It’s just a creamy as dairy milk and it lasts so much longer!
Yay! We hope you enjoy these Laura! :)
Took the survey! These look so tasty, as most of your recipes do! :)
I am allergic to honey. What would be a substitute for honey?
Hi Lupe! You could use Agave or maple syrup. We hope you enjoy these! :)
I took the survey! I love your blog, it’s my go to for recipes. I plan on making these popsicles this summer for sure, as cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert!
Thank you so much Elsa! We’re so glad you enjoy the blog, and we hope you enjoy the popsicles too! :)
Took the survey. I’ve never purchased Blue Diamond Almond Breeze before (just their almonds), but I’ll probably buy some to try out this recipe!
Awesome — we hope you enjoy these!
Took the survey! These look great, I can’t wait to try them.
i took the survey!
Great recipe! With the heat turning up will definitely try these pops! I love cheesecake! :) I also took the survey.
Thank you Tony — we hope you enjoy these! :)
Took the survey. We ONLY buy almond milk. I use Herbalife Meal replacement Shakes and the almond milk is amazing for that. I just can’t stand the taste of cows milk but love almond milk. Thanks for this recipe. My 7 yr old nephew is obsessed with making Popsicles so we are definitely going to try this one !
You’re welcome Glenda — we hope you and your nephew enjoy the recipe!
I have been using Almond Breeze for years since I can’t have dairy, so I always use it to sub for milk in recipes.
Made the mistake early on though thinking that a little bit of the vanilla almond breeze (all I had that day) would be okay in a savory recipe. Now I just usually keep both unsweeted regular and vanilla on hand :)
Oh no! Yeah, the unsweetened, plain stuff is so versatile. We hope you enjoy these pops! :)
I took the survey! Love your blog! Thanks for sharing the KC love! <3
Thanks Tracy – we hope you enjoy these! :)
These sound amazing!! Who wouldn’t want a cheesecake in popsicle form?!
Thank you Eden — we hope you love them as much as we do! :)
Took the survey, and can’t wait to make these with my kids!
Beautiful recipe and photos! I can’t wait to try this to battle the summer heat! Where did you get your molds from?
Thank you Shem — we hope you love them as much as we do! And these are the molds we used!
These sound amazing. I love almond milk, but my husband is allergic to nuts. Think these would still work with regular cow’s milk?
Hi Cait! Yes, you can definitely use regular milk for these. We hope you and your husband enjoy!
I thought I would post a review since I actually made these. I used homemade coconut milk with a dash of cinnamon and the pops do remind me of cheesecake. I highly recommend making your our milk. The tricky part is making them vegan and have my husband still like it.
Thanks for sharing, Erica, we’re so glad you enjoyed them and that you were able to make them vegan!