Fruity treats straight from the freezer

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

Summer is right around the corner. This time of year frozen treats are perfect, especially when fruit is involved.

The summer season makes us all kids again. Many times we head straight to the freezer for a Popsicle or ice cream sandwich on a warm summer day. But frozen treats made with fresh fruit can be a better option. 

These two frozen fruit recipes are so simple you can get the kids involved in treat making. With school days soon ending, activities to do with the kids are always a bonus. Getting kids in the kitchen can be a great idea.

The first recipe involves grapes, sugar and a freezer. It’s as simple as that.

The grape treats can stay in the freezer for a while after you make them and are a great quick treat to pop out of the freezer on a warm sunny afternoon.

The sugar gives an extra bit of sweetness to the grapes making the treat taste similar to a grape soda or grape Kool-Aid but without all the added stuff that’s bad for you.

Frozen Banana Bites are slightly more complicated, but only slightly. After melting the chocolate and peanut butter, dip the bananas in the mixture and get ready to freeze.
Try not to use mushy bananas because they won’t hold together as well when they are being dipped in the chocolate mixture.

After the bananas are frozen a while they can taste a bit like vanilla ice cream. Adding the chocolate and peanut butter increases the calorie count some to this treat but they are only bite size so it’s still a yummy freezer treat made with fresh fruit.

The recipe called for vegan and natural ingredients but I used regular chocolate chips and peanut butter. The way the recipe is written may be a healthier option but as a big peanut butter and chocolate fan I went for the regular stuff.

Both of these treats are good straight out of the freezer or served as fun appetizers for a party or event.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

“Spa”ctacular Frozen Grapes
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 cup seedless red grapes    
1/4 cup white sugar

Remove grapes from stems and place in a colander. Wash thoroughly.
Place grapes in a gallon-size re-sealable bag.
Pour sugar into the bag and seal. Gently shake the bag to evenly coat grapes with sugar.
Arrange grapes on a paper towel to air-dry any remaining water, about 15 minutes.
Place grapes in a single layer on a shallow pan or baking sheet. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Recipe from www.allrecipes.com

Frozen Banana Bites
2 large bananas
1/4 to 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 to 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
Unsweetened coconut flakes

Set out a large plate or bowl with a piece of parchment or wax paper on it.
Cut up the bananas into good sized chunks. Each banana should give you around five to six pieces.
Heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave on high for about a minute. Then stir until smooth.
Dip the banana pieces in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Lay them out leaving some space between them on the parchment or wax paper. Then when you’ve covered them all, use the remaining mixture to spoon over the tops.
Sprinkle the unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Transfer to the freezer for about an hour until hardened.
You can eat them after two hours or freeze them longer until they are completely frozen by covering them and freeze over night.

Recipe from www.neverhomemaker.com