Good Food: Summer treats

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Have you been looking for some baby-friendly summer treats that are delicious no matter your age? Bo and I have been indulging in some sweet treats over the past few weeks. Wonderful refreshing treats that cool us down and taste a bit naughty (to satisfy my own sweet tooth) but there is absolutely nothing in them at all but all natural goodness.

Good for your body. Good for your hip pocket.

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Banana “ice-cream” pops.

Take a bunch of smallish bananas and cut them in half. Stick a popstick into the flesh. roll in a little bit of lemon juice and wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

That’s it. Delicious.

You can also dip them in natural yoghurt before you freeze them – then pop them in a plastic container in the freezer instead. So easy! We’ve always got them in the freezer, they are very soothing for sore teething gums too.

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Banana Mango “icecream”

Freeze some bananas and/or some mango cheeks – other fruits probably work well too, but these I’ve found have the best texture to come up with an “ice-cream” consistency. When you feel like a cool treat just pop the frozen pieces in the blender and blend until smooth. It takes a little while but it’s worth it. This is my personal favourite!

Eat it quickly before it melts! You can also add a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt or coconut milk when you blend for a creamer taste.

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Frozen Yoghurt pops.

We do a lot of these. I use the little reusable baby plastic cups and put some of our homemade yoghurt mixed with fruit in there with half a pop-stick. It makes them perfect baby-size for Bo and easy for her to handle. It gets really messy but she LOVES them.

I find this is a great way to reuse any left over yoghurt from dinner or breakfast. I just pour the leftover from her bowl into a freezer cup and then I can give it to her again later in the day in it’s “new form”

Any pureed fruit is also pretty good, just like the yoghurt pop, just put it in a little freezer cup with a stick in it making it easy enough to hold onto for little fingers.

I haven’t done it with vegetables but there really isn’t any reason why you couldn’t. Spinach and strawberry? Weird or delicious? I’d have to try it and see.

Do you have any great summery treats that are little people friendly and free from the unnecessary extras?

xox

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  • January 22, 2013 - 5:25 am

    Tamsin Michelle - fantastic!! Going to try it all!! We’re sweltering over here too….ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Lilybett - We’ve pureed slightly defrosted frozen peas with strawberries and grapes. It’s not super creamy like banana but the colour is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Lila Wolff - I hadn’t thought of adding coconut milk, will definitely be trying it.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Yolanda Worley - Yay! I’m super excited to try some of these. It’s summer in South Africa too :-). I’ll have my camera ready to take some photos. Little one has never had anything frozen before. Thanks Sash and Bo :-)ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    sarah - We did banana, coconut milk and just the smallest bit of cocoa powder last summer. It was amazing. Stan went nuts for them. We are not doing these for a while though….too much snow on the ground! When you are happy for Bo to eat cocoa I’d recommend it. Gives a chocolate hit with no sugar! xReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    willow - Have you ever heard of this- http://zokuhome.com/ a Zoku Pop maker? They make all kinds of popsicles in 7 minutes and work surprisingly well! I would highly suggest one.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Lilybett - Just remembered these little lovelies too frozen pops with banana, kale, pineapple and coconut water: http://punchfork.com/recipe/Green-Ice-Pops-Yes-Green-WeeliciousReplyCancel

    • January 26, 2013 - 7:54 pm

      Sash - Oooh yum!!ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2013 - 3:29 am

    Jash - I’ve tried your yogurt recipe, Sash. It’s amazing!
    I’d like to share something that you might like!

    We make a yummy treat with Avocado at home…
    Scoop out the flesh of a nice ripe avocado (or a few) into a bowl. Add a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk (or as much/little as you like)…
    *Optional: we like to mix 1-2 Tablespoons of instant coffee granules with a tiny bit of hot water to make an intense coffee mixture, and put some in the avocado mixture.
    Mash up the mixture just with a spoon and eat like that. :)

    Or put in a blender and add more milk to make an Avocado juice (just like in Indo)ReplyCancel

    • February 19, 2013 - 11:26 am

      Sash - Thanks Jash!! :) What a yummy idea! Hmmm… I don’t drink coffee but maybe a spoonful of milo instead?? YUM!ReplyCancel

      • February 22, 2013 - 8:27 am

        Jash - Yea, Milo sounds like a great idea! :)
        Or you can skip the sweetened condensed milk and try blend it with milk and honey ( i haven’t tried it but it does sound like it would be delicious too)ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2013 - 3:30 am

    Jash - Oh, and put it in the fridge to chill it for a bit before eating..ReplyCancel

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