Frozen Fruit: The Perfect After School Snack

The Perfect After School Snack - Frozen FruitThere’s only one thing I love more than sweet summer fruit:

FROZEN sweet summer fruit

Depending on whether you prefer sweet or tart – fruits like oranges, mandarins, tangerines, cherries, grapes, I’d say any fruit really – can be magically transformed into fresh fruit popsicles without all the additives or the work. All you really need is some space in your freezer. Simply let them thaw on the counter for a few minutes and they are ready to eat.

And this time of year, they serve as a perfectly refreshing after school snack or after dinner dessert.

As for how to pick what fruits to freeze, remember to choose ones that have thin skins and tend to be juicier. For example juicing oranges are a better choice than oranges meant for eating. Similarly large berries like strawberries are a better choice than smaller ones like blueberries.

BTW ready to serve frozen fruit (like pitted sweet cherries, pineapple, mango, etc.) can be an even easier (and sometimes more nourishing) short cut too.

P.S. For those of you who like tart/sour stuff, frozen jamun (aka syzygium cumini or jambul) thawed overnight in the fridge will tickle your tastebuds.

Easy Rice Crispy Treats for Halloween

Here’s a quick and simple favorite that both kids and adults will love. No one will ever suspect that these guys are made with wholesome brown rice since they taste so good! You can get the kids involved with whipping this 15 min microwave recipe up; and cutting out Halloween Rice Crispy Treats to decorate is an entertaining party idea. Don’t forget to take a batch into work, your co-workers will love you for it – guaranteed!

What you’ll need:

3 tbsp olive oil

6 cups Nature’s Path Rice Puffs or Enviro Kidz Koala Crisp cereal

10.5 oz bag (300g) mini marshmallows (about 6 cups)

1 cup chopped dried fruit (like cranberries, apricot, pineapple, mango, prunes, dates or raisins), milk or dark chocolate chips

What to do:

In a large microwave safe bowl, add marshmallows to melted butter or olive oil and toss to coat. Microwave the marshmallow mixture for 1-1/2 min. or until your marshmallows are completely melted and the mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec. Add your cereal and mix well with an olive oil coated spatula. Add your dried fruit or chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly distributed. Press the mixture onto the bottom of your lightly oiled 10″x13″ pan using your spatula or wet hands and then let them cool completely (takes about 30 min). Once they are cooled, use mini Halloween cookie cutters to cut out halloween shaped treats and Walah! This recipe makes about 40 small ~ 80 kcal treats depending on how closely you cut your shapes.

NOTE: Kids can add eyes and smiles with ready made icing and Halloween candy – so fun! I used chocolate chips and Weetos stuck on with peanut butter for my ghosts. If you have a nut allergy, honey works just as well too.