5 Easy Summer Treats

The warm weather is finally approaching and summer is just around the corner. Whether you’re going to a family get-together, on vacation, or just spending a day in your backyard, here are some fun treats you can make!

1. Banana Split Kabobs

 

  • 12 strawberries
  • 12 pineapple pieces similar size to strawberries
  • 12 brownie pieces similar size to strawberries
  • 2 bananas cut into pieces (similar size to strawberries)
  • whipped cream
  • chopped peanut or mixed nuts
  • 6 wooden skewers

Just cut up all the fruit and brownies and assemble them on the skewers. Sprinkle chopped nuts and serve with whipped cream.

2. Watermelon Ice Pops

  • 5 cups seedless watermelon pulp
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 pint lime sherbet, softened    

Puree watermelon and sugar until smooth and strain into a bowl. Cover and freeze until puree is slightly slushy, then take out and mix in chocolate chips. Pour puree in 5-oz disposable cups, leaving ½ inch from the rim, and place back in freezer for 2 hours. Spread the soften sherbet on top of of the puree and insert popsicle stick; place back in freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy let the pops sit in room temperature for 1 minute then gently pull the pop from the cup.  

3. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • graham cracker crumbs or crushed graham cracker

Cut the tops of the strawberries off and hollow out the inside. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Fill each strawberry with cheesecake filling and dip the top into graham cracker crumbs.

4. Frozen Bananas

  • 4 bananas, peeled and halved horizontally
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) package semisweet baking chocolate, chopped

Insert popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana half and freeze them for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer and spread peanut butter on each banana; then place back in freezer for about 30 minutes. Melt chocolate and dip each banana to cover completely. Roll dipped bananas in your topping of choice and place back in freezer.  

5. Fruit Dip

  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups thawed cool whip Whipped Topping

Whisk yogurt, sugar, orange zest and juice in a bowl. Stir in cool whip and refrigerate for 3 hours.