Ice Cube Tray Magic

Keep cool all summer long with these simple ideas that will make the most of what you already have in your kitchen.

Herbs on Ice

If you find yourself throwing out herbs because they simply don't last in your fridge, try making herbed ice cubes.


Fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, etc.)
Avocado or grapeseed oil
Boiling watter


Fill the ice cube tray with herbs (each well about 2/3 full). If you're going to be cooking with them, fill with oil. If you prefer to use them in baking or drinks, use boiling water instead.

Chilled Coffee

Pop these into your iced coffee to keep it cold and avoid watery drinks.


Cold brew coffee or espresso
Organic or non-dairy milk 


Fill the ice cube tray with cold brew or espresso—cold coffee requires a stronger brew. Add milk of your choice, and freeze.

Chocolate Cubed

Ice cube trays are great for when you want a sweet treat without all the Scary Seven ingredients.


1 cup organic dark chocolate, carob, or dairy-free chocolate chips
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup nut butter


Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the bottom of each ice cube well. Freeze for 5 minutes to set. Divide nut butter evenly amongst the tray, then pour remaining chocolate on top. Freeze 10 minutes and then enjoy!

Solid Smoothies

Make smoothie prep easier with ice cubes. Instead of throwing away produce when it gets too ripe, chop and freeze for quick and tasty smoothies.


Kale or spinach
Greek yogurt (optional)


Process leafy greens or avocados in a food processor and divide evenly in tray. Just chop fruit and add greek yogurt for a creamy protein boost.

By Steph Davidson| July 26, 2017
Categories:  Recipes

About the Author

Steph Davidson

Steph Davidson

Steph is a writer and editor with a love of tea, books, and horror movies. Steph grew up under the impression that most meals came out of a box and had to contain some sort of animal protein. When an interest in a more environmentally friendly way of living led to her vegetarianism in 2012, she decided to teach herself how to cook. You can catch her kitchen wins (and the occasional opportunity for improvement) on Instagram @_stephinitely_.


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