I’m always trying to come up with fun, healthy treats for Ayla. But, because I’m a stickler for limiting her sweets, the neighborhood ice cream truck usually gets a thumbs down from this momma (Sorry, Mr. Ice-cream man! Nothing personal). Instead of ice cream, my mom used to freeze our yogurt cups in the summer. Although this tasted delicious on a hot day, it was a pain to dig out of the cup. Ayla is pretty good with a spoon these days, but working on a frozen block of yogurt would probably lead to a frustration melt-down! Solution…frozen yogurt bites! Great for little hands and little mouths. Frozen yogurt bites are easy to make, fun, and delicious! There are tons of great variations on how to make them. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Let’s Get This Frozen Yogurt Stand Up and Running!
I love using either organic Greek yogurt, but any yogurt will do. Choose an assortment of flavors and colors. This way you can make a rainbow out of your yogurt bites!
2. Mix In Options
You don’t have to mix anything into your yogurt, but if you want to make them just a little fancier consider these mix in options: Diced fruit such as fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or banana. If you want to use pureed fruit instead, purchase some of the organic fruit squeeze packs like the ones made by Plum. Mix these in with either plain or vanilla yogurt.
3. Cookie sheet (One that will fit in your freezer! Double check the size first. Hmm, wonder how I know to suggest this?)
Cover your cookie sheet with either plastic wrap or parchment paper
4. Small Plastic Ziplock Bags (choose the kind that fully seal-much less messy!)
Fill your ziplock bag with your yogurt. Seal the top. Then smoosh the yogurt into one of the corners. Cut the tip of the bag. Voila! You have a DIY piping bag. Now squeeze small dollops of yogurt from your bag in rows onto your cookie sheet. They shouldn’t spread too much so you can space them pretty close together
Stick them in the freezer for about 2 hours. Then take them out and quickly pop them off of the cookie sheet. Place in another freezer safe container with a lid. Eat some now, and stash the rest in the freezer for later. Yum! Yum!
6. For All of You Fancy Moms Who Want to Take It Up a Notch
If dollops of yogurt don’t impress you…pull out your mini bundt pans, petite four molds, or chocolate molds. You can pour or pipe your yogurt mixture into any of these molds, put them in the freezer for a couple of hours, and then pop out Martha Stewart worthy snacks!
Try them out and let me know what you think. Feel free to comment with other fun, healthy, summer snacks ideas that you love to make!
From The Mom in Me, MD