Chill Out With 10 Summer Snacks You Can Make With Frozen Fruit
Fruit plus freezer equals maximum summer refreshment.
Erica Silverstein · 2 months ago
The heat waves keep crashing onto your summer shores, and the whole family is wiped out. You’d be super stoked for any refreshment that would help you beat the heat, but the Big Kahuna wants to keep it healthy. Chill out with these 10 summer snacks you can make with frozen fruit. The brain freeze will be all natural, dude.
1. Frozen Grapes
Here’s a summer magic trick: Take grapes, stick them in the freezer for a few hours, say “abracadabra,” and amaze your family with the fruit you’ve transformed into mini popsicle bites. Frozen grapes are a healthy and delicious treat on a hot day, and aren’t as messy-melty as real popsicles. If you dig that sweet-tart taste, follow Healthy Little Peach’s recipe for next-level Sour Patch Kid-style frozen grapes.
2. Chocolate-Covered Bananas
Chocolate-covered bananas are such a popular frozen treat that they’re sold throughout Disney’s theme parks. The Mouse might know a few things about cooling off on a hot day, but you don’t have to fly to Florida or California to enjoy this tricked-out fruit snack. Purists can enjoy the simple pleasures of a plain frozen banana dipped in chocolate, but we recommend rolling the bananas in nuts, sprinkles, cookie crumbs, mini chips, freeze-dried fruit, or your favorite topping for extra wow factor.
3. Real Fruit Popsicles
Suspicious of the artificial ingredients in store-bought popsicles? Tastes Better From Scratch has a better way, making homemade fruit pops with fresh (or frozen) fruit pieces and fruit juice. The recipe is so simple that kids can easily make these on their own and prove to their parents that popsicles really do taste better from scratch!
4. Yogurt Berry Bites
Yogurt berry bites are the perfect summertime snack for little hands and little mouths, but the big kids and grownups in your house will adore them, as well. Busy parents can quickly whip up this two-ingredient frozen treat, using I Heart Naptime’s recipe. It’s customizable to your family’s yogurt flavor and berry preferences — just use shaped silicone molds for a fun look and easy serving.
5. Frozen Fruit Slushie
7-Eleven devotees know that an icy fruity beverage is one of the best ways to chill out during a heat wave. But the list of artificial ingredients in a Slurpee stops a lot of us cold. Super Healthy Kids re-creates the beverage out of frozen fruit and honey with her slushie recipe you can make at home. You’ll be the coolest parents on the block when you serve these frosty drinks at your next summer play date.
6. Fruit Sorbet
Sorbet might be the Jan to ice cream’s Marcia, but when temperatures soar, this scoopable fruit treat is way more refreshing. Plus, you don’t need an ice cream maker to whip up a batch of creamy sorbet, just a food processor or blender. The Flavor Bender shows you options for making a variety of fruit sorbet flavors, including raspberry, peach, and honeydew.
7. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark
While chocolate bark makes the rounds in winter, often as a holiday gift or treat, frozen yogurt bark is like its cooler, blonder summer sister. This fruit- and berry-laden snack is a delicious way to use up a large container of plain yogurt, along with a fresh farmer’s market haul. Your family will be fighting over the biggest pieces as soon as this treat comes out of the freezer.
8. Melon Ball Ice Cubes
It’s important to stay hydrated when you're playing outside in hot weather, but water gets sooo boring. Jazz up your drink with Laylita’s melon ball ice cubes. They add a hint of flavor to plain or seltzer water, as well as a splash of color. For your social media photo shoot, freeze a variety of melon balls, such as red watermelon, orange cantaloupe, and green honeydew, to achieve a rainbow look in a tall clear glass.
9. One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
You just missed the ice cream truck — again — and someone (we’re looking at you, Dad) finished off the carton of rocky road last night. When you’re desperate for a scoop of something creamy and cold, let yourself be saved by the banana. A food processor can turn frozen bananas into ice cream’s awesome twin, and just like the real deal, banana ice cream gets even tastier with mix-ins like chocolate chips or peanut butter.
10. Frozen Fruit Cups
The whole family wants a cool afternoon snack, but you don’t want to mess with popsicle molds or food processors (or the accompanying cleanup). The solution: Put frozen fruit cups on the menu, one of the easiest frozen treats around. Simply make fruit salad, mix in fruit juice concentrate, and freeze in individual cups. If you prep in the cooler hours of the morning, the fruit cups will be chilled and ready when you come home from the day’s sweaty summertime adventures.
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