The very thought of ice cream recipes is enough to make you want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert.

Whether you’re looking to make your own ice cream from scratch or blend ice cream into another dish as a featured ingredient, we here at the Mother Nature Network have got you covered.

Here are a few ideas for ice cream recipes:

Make your own chocolate ice cream. MNN blogger Robin Shreeves gives you the "scoop" on a fair trade chocolate ice cream recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker. The total prep time is only 25 minutes but you’ll need to allow a few hours to let it freeze. This recipe combines chocolate with figs for a yummy treat. Read more: Chocolate ice cream recipe.

Blueberry ice cream float. Maria Rodale gives her take on how to cool down on a hot afternoon. This recipe calls for mixing blueberries with vanilla ice cream, blueberry soda and an optional garnish of mint sprig. As Maria reminds us in the article, blueberries are good for you even without the ice cream. Read more: Blueberry ice cream float recipe.

Apple crisp. In this article from Robin Shreeves, she talks about the varieties of apple crisp recipes available. For the summer, it’s probably best to serve the apple crisp at room temperature and smother it with vanilla ice cream. Read more: Apple crisp recipe.

Gingery peach crisp. Here’s a twist on the apple crisp — peach crisp. This recipe will take about an hour and a half, including the cooking time in the oven. You’ll want to leave some time to let the peach crisp cool down to room temperature and then serve it with, you guessed it, vanilla ice cream. Read more: Gingery peach crisp recipe.

Do you have other ideas for ice cream recipes? Leave them in the comments below.