10 Cold Desert Recipes for Summer's Hottest Days

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Nothing cools down the dog days of summer like a freezer full of fresh and fruity frozen treats.

But here's the good news: You can make all the ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurts, and smoothies you could ever want, using local, organic produce. These 10 recipes boast the best in flavor and nutrition -- from classic pairs-with-anything vanilla ice cream to tangy watermelon-cilantro-lime popsicles, peach and blueberry combos, and even an icy indulgence with the adult addition of beer.

Honeyed Peach and Blueberry Pops

Sweet honeyed peach and blueberry popsicles are a delicious way to incorporate your farmers market finds into a cool treat.

Puree two cups of peaches, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and a pint of blueberries and freeze in molds -- or if you don't have popsicle molds on hand, you can fill an empty ice cube tray with the fruit: Cover the tray with foil and poke popsicle sticks through the foil into each cube, then freeze.

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