Kids learn so many skills from cooking and creating in the kitchen.
These skills range from weighing and measuring to following recipes and using kitchen equipment safely. Cooking with kids also provides you with a great chance to talk to them about food waste and hygiene, as well as healthy eating.
Here are three fabulously-fruity summer treats that kids will LOVE to make this summer.
Homemade ice lollies
You can pick up ice lolly moulds from the supermarket or off Amazon and, with a little experimentation, you and your kids will soon be making amazing ice lollies. Not only are these inexpensive to make, you will also be able to control how healthy they are.
We made flavours such as:
- Pink lemonade and blueberry
- Fresh orange
- Ribena and raspberry (we diluted the Ribena and used a low sugar version)
Making them simply involved pouring the ingredients into the moulds and popping them in the freezer until they were set. It really could not be simpler. And don’t they look pretty? Your kids could let their imagination run wild with all sorts of fruit and juice combinations.
Homemade fruity skewers
Homemade fruity skewers are always a taste sensation and the most brilliant way to get fruit down kids ever invented! You simply need:
- Bamboo skewers
- A selection of chopped fruit
Kids love to chop and slice the fruit and lots of fruit can be easily cut with a blunt table knife. Fruity skewers are a brilliant way to introduce unfamiliar fruit to kids as they go unnoticed by even the fussiest of eaters when on a fruity skewer.
Do cut the pointy end of the skewers off so no one hurts themselves when eating it!
Homemade ice cream
Oh, homemade ice cream is the most delicious of treats and simply by searching the internet you can find a recipe to suit your needs and your favourite flavours. And do you know ice cream can be made with just a blender or in an ice cream maker? It can be vegan and super healthy or completely the opposite!
Kids will have so much fun creating and eating their very own ice cream.
The simplest banana ice-cream ever!
- Six ripe bananas
- Food blender
How to make it:
You slice the banana and arrange the pieces on a sheet of baking paper over a baking tray. Because you are using ripe bananas, children can chop these easily with a simple table knife rather than anything sharper.
The tray is then placed in the freezer for three hours until the banana pieces are frozen. Once frozen, you simply place your banana slices into a food processor and whizz till creamy and smooth (this may take a while.)
Once the bananas are creamy and smooth, you could add in any other ingredients you fancy – we like to add a dash of maple syrup but other options could include:
- A spoonful of peanut butter
- A handful of blueberries
- A dash of honey
- A few spoons of choc chips
Then you simply continue to blend until it’s all completely mixed. Pop into the freezer until it’s frozen then serve when you wish! This isn’t the prettiest ice cream, but it is super healthy.
Luxury strawberry ice cream
- 400g / a punnet strawberries chopped up
- 600ml double cream
- 250g caster sugar
- A teaspoon of finely chopped mint
- A few drops of vanilla essence
- An ice cream maker
How to make strawberry ice cream
1. Put the strawberries in a food processor and blend until smooth
2. Tip the purée into a mixing bowl. Stir in both the cream and sugar and give it a good whisk
3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn for 15-30 minutes
4. Pour into a freezer proof Tupperware with a lid and freeze till hard.
These summer treats will save you money, delight everyone’s taste buds and they will also be tons of fun to make.