There are days when you and the kids just have to have something sweet. Although, baking with the little ones can be a lot of fun, let’s admit it, the last thing you want to do on a hot summer’s day is to be cooking around an oven. However, that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself for settle for a box of store-bought popsicles. Instead, check out these no-bake recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen and are easy enough for kids to make on their own! No matter which you decide to try first, all of these are guaranteed to keep those sweet teeth satisfied.
Ice pops: Otter Pops will forever be the the summer staple of our childhoods, but with all the fake sugar and artificial coloring, it may be time to graduate from them. You and your kids can make your own ice pops with just two ingredients. Puree a fruit of your choice and two tablespoons of honey until blended smooth. Then put the mixture into whatever ice pop molds you have on hand and freeze until hard. You can purchase these easy to use ice pop pouches on Amazon that kids of all ages will enjoy! These frozen pop trays are also great if you have a teething baby.
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites: These little bites are as delicious as they are easy to make. Just cut up some bananas into bite sized pieces and dip them into melted chocolate. Place the chocolate bananas on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle on any toppings of your choosing, such as chopped nuts or dried fruit. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer and freeze until hard.
Frozen Yogurt Dollops: This frozen yogurt recipe is so easy and fun for kids to make. With a healthy yogurt of your choosing place it into a Ziploc bag. Cut a small hole at one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag and squirt dollops of yogurt onto a cookie tray
and parchment paper. Have your kids add some fun sprinkles and freeze until hard. This easy dessert is the perfect alternative to traditional ice cream, or even sugary frozen yogurt, and can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack. You can also make a similar frozen yogurt bark like this.
Watermelon Fruit Pizza: This is by far the most creative way to get your kids excited about eating fruit – tell them it’s pizza! Slice a watermelon into cross sections and spread it with greek yogurt as the base or “pizza sauce”. Then, you can let your kids add berries, other fruits of your choosing, and mint leaves for garnish as your “toppings”. Slice the circle into triangles, and the perfect summer “pizza” your kids will love is ready. Here’s an official recipe by Good Housekeeping. Enjoy!