I wasn’t planning to share any recipes today but based on yesterday’s how I lost it: eating post there was a lot of interest on how my kids eat. I have really experimented with trying new things in an attempt to move them very closely to the way Bobby and I have been eating. Like anything, it has taken some initial planning and trying, but in the end, my children are pretty much used to not eating grain and other foods unless it’s outside our home.
My job as the mother this year has been to find even more grain-free snacks for my children. Since I’ve always eaten less grainy/starchy foods (because they made me feel heavy and irritated my stomach) my kids have always eaten different snacks from the norm. But this year has pushed me to become even more creative. Once you get it (fats are good), you understand what food groups and foods contain great sources of fat and protein and then you have a foundation to work with in cooking and baking for your whole family, whether for snacks, meals, or treats. It then becomes pretty enjoyable and second nature to come up with snacks.
One fun little snack we have on hand (and can always have on hand since it stays in the freezer) are our frozen mini berry yogurt cups. This is one of our super quick snacks that is not only in the category of “easy/fast to make” and “we always have the ingredients” but also in the “these are cool” category. The latter category always makes snacking for kids a priority.
The concept of these yogurt cups are easy to throw together so you wouldn’t expect them to taste anything different from berry yogurt, but let me tell you, something about freezing them and sinking your teeth into them with a raspberry on top is absolutely heavenly and creamy and… divine.
And these are a grain-free, low glycemic sweetened treat/snack. They are great for enjoying at home or throwing into a individual container with a few tooth picks and letting kids poke them through to eat in the car when you’re heading out the door. You could even make a dessert version by drizzling with melted chocolate and then freezing. (More version ideas below.)
frozen mini berry yogurt cups
Makes roughly 24 mini yogurt cups
24 fresh raspberries
a few spoonfuls of your favorite berry preserves
a quart of whole milk plain yogurt (we use our homemade yogurt–it is about half the price of what we used to spend on tubs of Stoneyfield yogurt)
silicone or metal mini muffin pan
Mix a few spoonfuls of berry preserves with your yogurt. You can control the sweetness here.
With a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the berry yogurt into the mini cup molds. Have your kids top each yogurt cup with a raspberry.
Put the filled tray in the freezer. Freezer for at least a few hours until frozen through.
Bring the tray out of the freezer and let sit for a few minutes or, if you’re impatient (which is what I did), run some warm water under the bottoms of the metal pan to loosen up the yogurt cups.
The frozen yogurt cups will then slip right out of their molds.
Then layer the frozen yogurt cups in a tupperware container with parchment paper dividing each layer of yogurt cups. Seal the container and stick them back in the freezer and simply pull the yogurt cups out of the freezer as you need them. I like to pull one or two out per child for snacks or to go alongside lunch. Some of my kids like to cut them with a fork. Others poke a fork through them or toothpick and eat them like popsicles. They are easiest to eat if they can sit and defrost for a few moments.
But oh, are they so creamy. Rowan knows well what they are and starts kicking in his highchair when I put the container on the counter.
Other versions of frozen yogurt cups:
- Cocoa yogurt cups with unsweetened cocoa, a touch of honey, sprinkled with sliced almonds or toasted pecans
- Almond Joy yogurt cups with unsweetened shredded coconut, a touch of stevia or coconut sugar, topped with a toasted almond (possibly drizzled with chocolate for dessert)
- Pistachio and cherry yogurt cups
- Cinnamon, almond butter, and banana yogurt cups
I think this is a great place to start if you’re looking for alternatives to grain/sugary snacks for kids. These have lots of protein (especially if you use greek yogurt) and are bite size which just makes every one.
What other variation ideas for these frozen yogurt cups do you have? I’d love to hear.
the sleepy time gal