My small people are complete snackaholics!
In the summer months when they are spending so much more time outside in the fresh air, I feel like they take snacking to a whole new level and sometimes I find it difficult to keep up with their requests!
If your finding yourself in the same position as me, well, here’s your answer! Take a look at these ideas for easy kid-pleasing summer desserts that you (and they) can whip up with no more than 5 everyday ingredients.
It’s going to be a sweet summer!
Skewers with fresh fruit or veggies are a super healthy easy summer snack. Kids love making these, they’re also an amazing little party snack too . . . and if your feeling the need for a little dip on the side, use plain or Greek yogurt … or even melt some chocolate!
Seasonal fruit in a variety of colours. Such as Strawberries, mini oranges, mango, green apples, blueberries, grapes, and watermelon.
There’s something about food cut into shapes that makes it a ton of fun for kids. Place the chopped fruit onto the bamboo skewers and voilá! Top tip – Use small cookie cutters to make fun shapes with melons or apples.
Fruit Smoothie Pops
Is there anything better than a sweet popsicle on a hot summer day? I don’t think so!
These are just so damn tasty. Myself and my kids make these all year long.
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup sliced mango
1 can pineapple chunks, undrained
1 small banana
1 orange, juiced
It couldn’t be easier! Blitz the yogurt, mango, pineapple chunks with the banana, and orange juice in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice pop moulds (freeze until set, 4 to 6 hours) and enjoy! Top tip – save a few smaller chunks and pop them into the moulds for added texture.
Out of all the cold snacks for hot days, frozen grapes are one of the best! Not only are grapes easy to eat, but they’re also rich in energizing carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamin C. What more could you ask for from a summer time snacky snack?!
To make frozen grapes – its super simple, just put red or green grapes in a bag or suitable container and pop them in the freezer for a few hours. If your freezer is big enough, you can also freeze the grapes on a baking sheet instead… Top tip – try sprinkling a packet of jelly crystals on the grapes before freezing for a super sweet treat!
Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
One of our absolute favourite summertime drinks!
Savouring a glass of lemonade is one of the best ways to cool off in the hot weather and this lemonade smoothie is just as refreshing, while providing quenching fiber and other nutrients.
1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt.
Combine all the above ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with a wide straw and enjoy! You can adapt this recipe to use with other fruits such as strawberries too. Top tip – use frozen fruit for a thicker shake!
Frozen Banana Pops
A perfect anytime treat, it’s personally not my favourite, but kids absolutely love making and eating these, and that’s what it’s all about! These banana pops are packed with protein and fiber; yet, they’re so fun and tasty, your kids will love snacking on them too!
2 bananas, peeled and cut in half
4 wooden sticks
½ cup hazelnut-chocolate spread
½ cup topping of your choice, nuts, sprinkles, berry crumbs, honeycomb etc
Line a baking sheet with grease proof paper.
Carefully insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece. Use a butter knife to cover the banana with the chocolate spread.
Place your toppings in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll the banana in the toppings, using your hands, if necessary, to make sure that the banana gets well-coated. Place the coated banana on the grease proof paper; repeat with the remaining bananas.
Freeze for 3 hours. Enjoy or store in a sealed bag in the freezer for up to one week.
Top tip – if you fancy a healthier snack minus the chocolate, coat your bananas with yogurt and freeze!
I’d love to hear from you!
What are your favorite summertime snacks?
Are there any healthy treats your kids love to make themselves?
Share your ideas for creating a healthy summer break in the comments section below.
nay nay x
p.s if you’re looking for more cheap and cheerful things to do this summer then check out my 100 things to do this summer!