Frozen treats are a great way to beat the summer heat. Skip the frozen treat aisle at the store in favor of making your own. These frozen treats are simple enough for kids to do themselves.
A simple, refreshing and healthy treat for kids is frozen fruit. Grapes in particular work well as a frozen treat. Let the kids pick the grapes off of the stems and wash them. Lay them out on a plate or tray so they aren’t touching. Place them in the freezer until they harden. You can also freeze melon and berries.
Don’t rely on store bought popsicles. Make your own this summer. You can use almost any type of liquids, pureed fruit and other soft foods in popsicle molds. Let your child mash up berries and mix them with yogurt. Or try coconut milk in with the mix. For homemade fudgesicles, mix together chocolate pudding and whipped cream. The whipped cream makes the treats creamy instead of icy.
A peeled banana is another healthy option for a frozen treat on a stick. Cut the banana in half. Press a popsicle stick in the cut end of each half. Melt some chocolate. Dip the entire banana in the chocolate, or drizzle a little chocolate. Before it hardens, add other toppings, such as chopped nuts, coconut, sprinkles or chopped candies. Put the banana pops in the freezer until they harden.
The same idea works with kiwi. Cut the kiwi into thick slices. Put a stick in the kiwi slice. Dip it in chocolate.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
This frozen treat isn’t quite as healthy as other options, but it is tasty. You’ll need two cookies for each sandwich. Let the ice cream soften a bit. Have your child put a scoop of ice cream on one of the cookies. Smooth it out so it is level. Put another cookie on top. You can roll the sides of the exposed ice cream in sprinkles, chocolate chips or other small pieces. Put the sandwiches back in the freezer so the ice cream hardens again.