School is out and the kids are home for the summer. This may be a scary thought for you, and if it is, keep reading. The hot summer sun has all of us searching for ways to cool down, and for the kids, this most likely will have them begging you for a refreshing dessert. To avoid the consequences of a good old-fashioned sugar rush, we’ve come up with a list of the best treat alternatives for some sweet summer treats!
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1. Frozen Banana Pops
These frozen banana pops are not only delicious but a great alternative to a super sugary dessert.
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 4 bananas, sliced into 1-inch rounds
- 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 1/3 cup of toffee baking bits
- Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper
- Cover each banana with a layer of penut butter, then put a toothpick through the penut butter layer into the banana. Put banana bites onto the baking sheet; then freeze them overnight.
- Melt the chocolate on the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir and scrap the chocolate with a spatula.
- Cover the baking sheet with waxed paper.
- Remove 2 bites at a time from the freezer, and coat them with the chocolate. Place the coated bites on a new baking sheet and sprinkle each with toffee bits. Put the covered bites in the freezer for an hour.
- Remove bites from freezer and allow them to sit for 15 minutes.
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2. Greek Yogurt
When done right, greek yogurt can be such a tasty alternative to ice cream! Just add your favorite fruits and some granola, and your kids will be feeling refreshed in no time.
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Fruit of choice
3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
Making ice cream from scratch is a fun activity, that your kids will thank you for later!
- 2 Frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup natural penut butter
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4. Dark Chocolate Bark
If your kids are fans of chocolate, a healthy option could be switching over to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals. There are also other benefits like a lowered risk of heart disease, reduced inflammation, and improved brain function.
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5. Homemade Popsicles
What’s better than a popsicle? A homemade popsicle!
- Your favorite fruit with water, juice, or milk.
- Pour into plastic molds
- Put popsicle sticks in the molds and put them in the freezer.
With your kids home for a couple of months, it’s fun to enjoy those refreshing summer treat alternatives! Make some memories with your little ones by trying out a couple of these recipes and avoid any headaches from a sugar overload!