Spring/summer snacks for kiddies!! And us parents of course!! But shhh!!

Hello lovelies, welcome back to my page, as it’s now spring time and summer is fast approaching I thought it was time we shared our favourite snacks/treats we love to make for family days out or just warm days at home chilling out in the garden we hope you like them as much as we do!!

Fruit ice cream

Not only do the frozen bananas and fruit help with battling the summer heat, fruits are rich in so many vitamins and antioxidants that help with strengthening immunity. The more fruit you have the better. Most children I know love fruit, which makes this snack a welcome option on any Childs plate. we love to make homemade ice-cream in our house my daughters love to get involved too.

A  great gluten free recipe for ice cream we love to use…

  • 200g strawberries (as red as you can get), hulled
  • 1 large mango, deseeded and peeled
  • ¼ lemon, juiced
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 200g condensed milk
  • 600ml double cream
  • 4 kiwi fruit, peeled
  • sprinkles or finely chopped strawberries and mango, to serve
  • Method

    1. Mash or purée the strawberries and mango in two separate bowls. In another bowl, add the lemon juice and the banana and mash.
    2. Beat the condensed milk and cream in a large bowl with an electric whisk until thick and quite stiff, a bit like clotted cream. Divide the mixture between the three bowls. Fold a fruit purée into each. Transfer each one into a freezer container and freeze until solid.
    3. Purée the kiwi and sieve out any seeds if you like. Serve a scoop of each ice cream in bowls or sundae dishes and top with the kiwi sauce, sprinkles, or the chopped fruit.

( recipe from good food magazine 2017)

 Fruit salad:

A lovely refreshing plate of fruit is one summer snacks we all enjoyed as children right?! I know i did. the fruit salad recipe my daughters go bananas for (see what I did there haha!) is the Jamie Oliver recipe my daughter got in her teenage cookbook. its fantastic and the children love to get involved while making it. definitely goes down a treat in my house.

Jamie olivers fruit salad

Ingredients

  • 100 g caster sugar
  • ½ teacup water
  • 1 bunch of fresh pineapple mint , finely chopped, optional
  • 1 kg mixed fruit, such as melon, pineapple, green seedless grapes, lychees, Granny Smith apples, strawberries, blueberries, cherries

Method

  1. Place the sugar and a teacup of water in a saucepan and heat up. Stir until the sugar dissolves. For a fuller flavour, add half a bunch of whole pineapple mint stems to the hot syrup and leave to infuse until cool.
  2. When the syrup has cooled down, remove the stems and add the peeled and chopped fruit. Chill well and add half a bunch of picked pineapple mint leaves.

Ice lollies 

It can’t be spring/summer without some form of ice lollies.  I recently tried making a mango and mint popsicle for the first time. It was a huge hit. Here is the recipe: Add 1 chopped mango, 200 ml coconut milk and few sprigs of mint to a blender and blitz. Add the mixture to popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours. You can add a tablespoon of maple syrup to make it sweeter or go without it. As long as the mangoes are ripe the sweetness from the mangoes is enough. another alternative to this we like to make is…

Froyo cups

Ingredients: makes 12 cups

  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • Vanilla greek yoghurt 425g

METHOD

  • Arrange 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
  • Using a spoon, dollop two tablespoons of yoghurt into each liner.
  • Top with a few bluberries and raspberries.
  • freeze for at least two hours.
  • remove liners before serving and enjoy!

Energy bites

we absolutely love making no bake energy bites they’re so east to make and the children scoff them down heres one recipe we love but you can add any ingredients you want if you don’t like bananas.

Ingredients:

  • Dry oats 100g (1 cup)
  • Almond butter 60g (1/4 cup)
  • Honey 85g ( 1/4 cup)
  • Banana 1
  • Chocolate chips 85g (1/4 cup)

METHOD:

  • mix oats, almond butter and honey in a large bowl.
  • Mash the banana, then add to the bowl of oats.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Place bowl in the fridge for around two hours.
  • Mold mixture into bite-sized balls.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

Smoothies

A refreshing and calorie intense snack after a day out in the sun. Add nut butter and seeds like watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds, and hempseeds to add some healthy fats to the mix. Some of our go-to smoothie combinations are

  •  blueberry, soymilk with almond butter.
  • strawberries and peanut butter smoothie.
  • mango, pineapple, spinach leaves green smoothie.
  • bananas, date, barley grass juice powder and maple syrup smoothie.
  • Indian summer smoothie: Mango, almond milk topped with roasted almonds.

Hummus

with vegetable sticks of course: This spread should be a mainstay in your family diet. Its rich in protein and iron and paired with vegetables like celery, carrots or even baked tortilla chips it makes a perfect summer snack. For an interesting take on the regular hummus check this hummus recipe using rajma (kidney beans).

Fruit sandwiches

Apple and peanut butter sandwiches: You have probably seen these on Pinterest and they are so insanely easy to make it’s a shame if you don’t try this combination. Cut thin slices of apples and apply peanut butter and serve.

These are some of our go to healthy snacks/drinks for the spring/summer we hope you enjoy them just as much as we do!!

Kimberly xo

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