3 low sugar summer treats you can share with your kids…
Treat #1 – Frozen Fruit Brittle
I first made this recipe for a Valentine’s Day treat. It was such a hit that I’ve continued to make it! Be sure to keep this chocolate recipe handy…it makes a great topping for just about anything and you can also freeze it into molds.
First make the chocolate…
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (you can use coconut oil or shredded coconut, but the texture isn’t quite as nice)
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup pure cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Melt the coconut butter over low heat until melted. Add the honey and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and add cocoa and vanilla. Add more honey to taste. Set aside. Run frozen strawberries (or other fruit chunks) under hot water to slightly melt them. Arrange them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle the chocolate sauce on top. Stick in the freezer for about 10 minutes until chocolate is hardened. Break apart into chunks and enjoy!
Treat #2 – Homemade Ice Cap/Cocoa Milkshake
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee (optional adult addition)
- healthy chocolate milkshake
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup chopped greens (optional, but a great addition)
- 1 medjool date (take the pit out)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Whip in the blender on high until smooth. Add maple syrup to taste if needed.
Treat #3 – Homemade Blender Ice Cream
(no ice cream machine required)
I make this ice cream way more often than I make popsicles because I always forget to make the popsicles ahead of
time! This treat is supremely delicious and can be eaten out of a cone or a cup.
- 2 cups frozen fruit of your choice
- 1/2 cup yogurt or coconut cream (the cream that rises to the top of canned coconut milk)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds (if you don’t have a high powered blender, grind them in a coffee grinder first)
Blend on high until smooth. Add maple syrup if you are using a lower sugar fruit like strawberry or blueberry. Or, often, 1/2 a banana will do the trick. Add more fruit for a harder consistency, more yogurt/milk to thin it out. Enjoy this treat right away. It melts rather quickly and it doesn’t refreeze very well.
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