One Week of Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: Vanilla Blueberry Kabobs

Hello readers! Welcome to day 3 of ‘One week of summer treats to beat the heat!’ In honor of this week long series, I’ve got another yummy frozen treat for you! It’s similar in premise to yesterdays post, both involving frozen fruit, however the two posts are very different in taste. Today’s recipe is for frozen vanilla-yogurt covered blueberries.  The prep time for this is less than 10 minutes and can provide a delicious cool snack for several days. It also is an extremly healthy choice, consisting of only two low-fat and low calorie ingredients.  So bust out your favorite yogurt, get the kabob sticks, and beat some of that heat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt
  • 10 Kabob sticks
  • Several dozen blueberries (I used about 120 and made 12 kabobs with 10 on each)

Directions:

  1. If using long kabob sticks, cut each stick in half using a pair of sharp scissors.
  2. Rinse the blueberries and slide between eight and 12 blueberries onto each kabob stick.
  3. Scoop 2/3 cup of vanilla yogurt onto a shallow plate.
  4. Holding the ends of the kabobs, gently roll the blueberries in the vanilla yogurt.
  5. Repeat step four, adding another 1/3 cup of yogurt as necessary until all of the kabob sticks have been covered in yogurt.
  6. Quickly place the kabob sticks on a sheet of parchment paper in either a piece of Tupperware or on a baking sheet. Freeze and enjoy later.

Notes and Tips!:

  • Once the first layer of yogurt is frozen, feel free to roll the kabobs in a second layer! This will ensure a thick layer of creamy yogurt around each berry. You really only need to do this if during the freezing process a lot of yogurt falls off the kabobs Or if you want to create a richer more substantial snack!
  • If rolling the kabobs a second time in yogurt, feel free to get creative with it! You could roll the kabobs in a different flavor of yogurt the second time to mix things up! For example: vanilla on bottom, chocolate on top; or lemon on bottom and cocount on top.
  • This post was inspired by “One Good Thing by Jilee

One Week of Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Welcome to July! Hard to believe that the summer is flying by this quickly. To no one’s surprise, it looks like another steamy day here in Viriginia. But have no fear, I have another quick treat to help cool you off in this stifling heat. These guys are one of my absolute favorite summer snacks- they’re chocolate, fruity, and refreshingly cold. Give them a try! It’s a great way to use up a few bananas before they go bad, and a healthy snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Ingredients:

  • 1-3 bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (optional)

Directions:

  1. Peel the banana and slice into several pieces- each about ½ an inch thick.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a medium sized sauce pan over medium- low heat, stirring constantly. (I added a tablespoon of milk to help soften it up, but that is optional)
  3. Once the chocolate is completely melted remove it from the stove top. If you keep the chocolate over heat too long it will lose that smooth consistency and burn.
  4. Using a spoon, dip each banana piece into the chocolate and coat completely.
  5. Transfer each banana bite to either a baking sheet or a piece of Tupperware covered in wax paper. If you place the banana bites in a piece of Tupperware, stack the banana pieces in between wax paper sheets to prevent the pieces from freezing to one another.
  6. Freeze and enjoy the next day

Notes and Tips:

  • This recipe is an excellent way to use up bananas that are starting to fade. If your bananas get soft or spotty but you don’t want to hold onto them long enough to make banana bread- use them for this! Once they’ve been frozen you’ll never know that it once was a soft banana.
  • Adjust the chocoalte amount as desired based on the number of bananas you use. If you plan to use 3 or more, or only one, you may want to melt more or less. And if you have left over melted chocolate, don’t throw it away! Make chocolate covered pretzels and freeze them too! They’re addicting.
  • For a lighter version- lose the chocolate completely! Simply peel your banana, wrap it whole in a piece of aluminum foil, freeze, and enjoy the next day! Waaa la! A banana popsicle! Do note however that the longer you leave a banana freezing the less flavor it has, so I recommed freezing a banana for a snack intended for the next few days.