Summer Treats!

Summer Treats to Make With The Kids

One of our very favorite things to do with kids is cook and bake! While all recipes vary in difficulty there is usually some way you can involve the kids whether its stirring, measuring, or just pressing start on the timer. And they can of course ALWAYS help by enjoying the finished product!  Below are a few fun Summer treats that you and the kids can make together.

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Fruit popsicles are a great way to keep cool this Summer and a healthy choice. Usually a popsicle mold is needed for these but if you want to make a smaller version you could just use ice cube trays. You can really make a fruit pop in any variety that you like but here are a few ideas:

Watermelon and Kiwi: Puree about a half a watermelon (yielding 5 cups) Put sliced kiwis in the popsicle mold, or if using ice cube tray dice up kiwi and put about a tablespoon in each spot. Fill popsicle mold or ice cube trays with watermelon puree and then insert popsicle sticks (for popsicle mold). If you are using an ice cube tray cover the tray in plastic wrap and poke a toothpick in to each spot. Freeze until solid, about 6 hours.

Toasted Coconut and Strawberry: Toast about a ½ a cup of shredded unsweetened coconut until lightly brown (about 5 minutes). Next blend together 2 cups of strawberries, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of maple or agave syrup, and ¼ a cup of the toasted coconut. Puree for about 30 seconds until strawberries are just blended. Using an 8 popsicle mold, place 1 sliced strawberry, then alternate pureed strawberry mix (about a tablespoon) and then coconut milk (about a teaspoon) until full. Finish with 1 teaspoon of toasted coconut flakes. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, about 6 hours.

Peach Strawberry and Yogurt: Puree 3 cups of strawberries with 4 teaspoons of honey and then set aside. In a clean blender puree 3 cups of peeled and sliced peaches with 2 teaspoons of honey and set aside. In your popsicle mold layer as follows: 2 teaspoons of strawberry puree, 1 teaspoon of vanilla greek yogurt, and then 2 teaspoons of peach puree. Just make sure your last layer is a fruit puree. Tap your popsicle mold on the counter to make sure the layers settle and then use a fork or toothpick or something slim to make a swirl in the layers. Add popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, about 6 hours.

Cool Summer Fruit Dip

Not all kids love fruit, but with this delicious cool fruit dip they will be asking for more!

You will need:

1 cup of OJ

1 (3.4 ounce) pack of instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1 (8 ounce) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

Any fruits that you would LOVE to dip!

Directions:

Whisk together the OJ and pudding mix until it thickens and becomes smooth (about a minute).

Whisk in the yogurt.

Gently fold in the whipped topping.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Summer Snack Mix

This delicious snack mix is easy to make just make in your crockpot or slow cooker, it’s always great to have handy in your bag, and can be made with a variety of your kids favorites!

You will Need:

3 Cups of Cheez-It crackers (or any other cheesy crackers like Goldfish)

3 Cups of Cheez-It Grooves Zesty Ranch (or any other flavored cracker like pizza Goldfish)

2 Cups of Pretzels

2 Cups Rice or Corn cereal like Chex

1 Cup of Cashews (or any other nut, if there are no allergies of course!)

6 Tablespoons of Melted Butter

¼ Cup Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tablespoons of Ranch Seasoning mix

⅓ Cup Grated Parmesan

Directions:

In your crockpot or slow cooker combine all crackers, pretzels, nuts, and cereal.

Whisk together melted butter, worcestershire sauce, and ranch seasoning.

Pour over the cracker mix and stir to coat all the pieces.

With your slow cooker on the low setting, cook for about 3 hours stirring every hour.

When finished cooking, lay out on wax paper to cool. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

What are some of your favorite things to make with the kids? Have fun this Summer trying out new recipes and enjoying some of your all time favorites. Happy cooking!

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