With kids at home, there is a constant fight on what to eat and what not to eat. While mommies are running after their children to scoop in all the healthy and nutritious food possibly available, the kids have their eye on the unhealthy and junk around them. The struggle is real; no matter how hard we try, we can’t stop our children from having snacks at odd times. As parents we want our kids to have the healthiest food at all times but perhaps we all have grown this way. Hence, it is better to let kids have snacks but keep in their reach healthy yet appealing and delicious snacks. Here are some colorful DIY fruit snacks that can be made at home and I bet; your kids won’t say no to them.
Kids love gummies but I have always been double minded with store-bought gummies because they contain a high dose of sugar and preservatives which in no way make gummies a healthy snack. If your kids are in love with gummies too, you can make it at home, without much preparation.
All you need is an ice-cube tray or silicone chocolate mold, fruit or vegetable juice, honey for extra sweet flavour and gelatin. There are many juice brands that provide fresh and organic juices in different flavours. I prefer the Marvé Juice Cold-Pressed Juice.
Marvé is available in six different flavours, Sweet Green – Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Lemon and Spinach and all of them are Vegan, kosher, gluten free, dairy free, with no sugar or preservatives.
If you have a good consistency juice available, making gummies becomes much easier. Simply pour the juice in a saucepan, and sprinkle gelatin. Mix both on medium heat and once the gelatin dissolves, turn off the heat and add honey to it. Stir well and pour this mixture to any mold and allow it to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Once set, you can store these gummies in an airtight container for a week or more.
Pineapple and coconut is a fruity nutritious combination that works great in summers. If your kids like both these ingredients, here is your way to make a quick fruity snack for them. You will be needing coconut milk, raw honey, beef gelatin and crushed or pureed pineapple (not raw)*
You can use Natural Fruit Puree (Pineapple) which is naturally sweetened with sugar cane and contains no fructose corn, beet sugar or artificial sweeteners.
The method is pretty simple here. You have to mix half of the coconut milk with honey and pineapple. The remaining another half of coconut milk will be mixed with gelatin and kept aside till it gels. In a pan, heat the coconut/pineapple mixture and add the gelatin mixture. Mix it well, pour into a mold and refrigerate until it sets well.
Storing fruity, refreshing lollies in summer is always a good idea, for both kids and elders. This recipe is a simple one that makes lollies with mango and curd, both being along with some sugar and vanilla essence. No rocket science but simply blend all these ingredients until creamy and pour them into lolly or Popsicle moulds. Freeze them for 8-10 hours and serve whenever you need a chill break.
You can also useJoho Silicone Easy Cream Mini Ice Cream Bar Mold Set
Joho Silicone molds are FDA approved and come in different sizes, shapes and cavities. They are durable, easy to wash and reusable (for up to more than 3500 uses). Unlike many other molds, these are convenient for daily use; they don’t break or crack and will release easily just with the press of your fingers. Since these are made of silicon, you can also put them in the oven, microwave, freezer or dishwasher
Nearly all kids love Oreos, in its simplest form or blended with fruits, cream and milk. You can make your own Oreo sandwiches by simply twisting an Oreo biscuit in half and placing strawberry and mango pieces in between. These sandwiches will be great to make kids eat fruits. If you want double flavour, you can use Oreo Sandwich Cookie – Cream Strawberry Flavor
Oreo biscuits need no introduction and are undoubtedly liked by all ages. So next time, when you have a birthday party at your place, you can give these Oreo biscuits a fruity, healthy twist.
This snack can be made with store-bought or homemade DIY brownies. You can also make this with your leftover birthday party cake. Simply crumble the brownies in a Pyrex dish and lay them flat with a spoon. Add whipped cream and chunks of mango, peach, pineapple, banana or any other fruit that your kids like. You can also sprinkle some nut on top and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. You can serve this with chocolate syrup as well.
You can use any ordinary cream and whip it well at home or use Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting
You don’t have to whip this cream, it’s ready to serve and frost on cakes, desserts and smoothies. If refrigerated, the frosting can last up to two weeks on any desserts and still taste the same. Betty Crocker also has some great cake and brownies mixes with the perfect recipes that will give you quick stuff at home.
These DIY fruity snacks are best for all seasons and occasions. Since they require fewer ingredients and less preparation time, anyone in the house can make them. If you have older children, invite them to make these and they will for sure have lots of fun. This list also works well for evening play dates and birthday parties but if you are looking for more ideas, click here.