A healthy Valentine’s breakfast or snack for you and your kids. Made with just three ingredients, this fun take on yogurt will have kids enjoying probiotics while thinking they’re getting a festive treat. This snack is free of: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nuts; and is top-8-free as well as vegan.
While I do love my chocolate desserts–I felt morally obligated to post something healthy. Seriously–have you seen my Instagram…it’s been pretty much all desserts lately…Valentine’s just brings out the chocolate lover in me. (Not that it’s hard to do…it’s always fighting for a reason to rear it’s delicious head.)
But, I knew I’d want a healthy snack for my son after he comes home from his Valentine’s Day party. Not like he’ll need anymore sugar! So, when I saw that I could blend coconut yogurt with fruit and make it into a festive, frozen snack I was all about it.
My kids have also had these for breakfast too. The nice thing is that whatever ones they don’t eat (makes about eight–depending on how thick you like ’em), I just throw into a sealable freezer bag. Then, they can go get another one whenever they want. This is one snack I wouldn’t really limit them on.
Granted, you could say this was refined sugar free if you don’t want to do the sprinkles, but I’m really into sprinkles. Totally your choice. The nice thing is that this is dye-free, so it’d still look cute and pink for Valentine’s, even without the additional sprinkles.
Also–how do you all feel about yogurt? I have one son who loves it and eats it almost every day, and then another who just isn’t that into it and only has it occasionally. Of course, the one who doesn’t eat it much, is the one who probably needs it more. I think part of the problem is that we didn’t find a safe yogurt for him until he was a bit older so he just never grew accustomed, whereas the other one was on it as a baby. So, I’m glad to find a new way to re-purpose yogurt for him…and what kid doesn’t like a popsicle-like treat?
You could also switch up the fruit–use whatever frozen fruit you have on hand–raspberries, strawberries, mixed berry, blueberries–I think all would work great.
And lastly, feel free to use whatever safe yogurt works for you. My son can do soy yogurt and coconut yogurt. I think any vanilla flavor will work fine. If it seems a bit runny, just add more frozen fruit to thicken it up. As well as, puree or leave the frozen fruit as chunky as you like. I left hardly any pieces, since I was feeding youngsters, but go with your textural preference.
Also, I was SUPER proud of my boys, because we were asked to do a story about including those with food allergies for Valentine’s Day. We mic’d my oldest up and he showed what he could and could not have in good ol’ Target. He is so on the ball with his food allergies and I was proud that they’d go on camera like their momma. Be sure to watch it, and share it with teachers, babysitters and care givers to make sure people are thinking of those with food allergies when they plan their Valentine Day parties. Thanks KSL for covering this story! Click on the picture to launch the story.
- ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla dairy-free yogurt (I like either Silk if you can do soy, or So Delicious--see notes)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup (if desired, to taste)
- Valentine sprinkles
- Place the frozen fruit and yogurt in a blender. Blend until your desired consistency (depending on if you like pieces of frozen fruit or not). Taste and add maple syrup as desired.
- Pour the liquid into the baking cups that have been placed on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet with the partially filled baking cups in the freezer. Freeze for several hours, or until frozen.
- Either eat after they're frozen, or pop them out of their baking cups and keep them in a sealable freezer bag to snack on one at a time.
Feel free to use whatever safe yogurt works for you. My son can do soy yogurt and coconut yogurt. I think any base vanilla flavor will work fine. If it seems a bit runny, just add more frozen fruit to thicken it up. As well as, puree or leave the frozen fruit as chunky as you like. I left hardly any pieces, since I was feeding youngsters, but go with your textural preference.
Adapted from: Crafty Morning
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