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Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites

Make these easy yummy chocolate-covered banana pops to snack on!

Chocolate banana bitesBanana Dippers. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Banana slices covered in dark chocolate packaged in individual packs and sold in the freezer aisle.

And while the idea is genius, why am I going to pay for something I can so easily make? All you need is two ingredients: bananas and melted chocolate.

I used to make chocolate-covered bananas and freeze them ever since I was a little girl. I had never sliced them before, and I certainly never put them on a popsicle stick.

There is just something about putting a food on a popsicle stick that makes it so much more fun! It’s also easier for kids to enjoy without getting chocolate on their hands!

For these Banana Dippers, you can choose your favorite chocolate and melt it in either a double boiler or in your microwave. If your chocolate starts to get too hard, just put it back in the microwave for 15-second intervals, while stirring between, until melted again. Do make sure that your melted chocolate is in a deep bowl, or even a small measuring cup so that it makes dipping easier.

These are perfect to enjoy right out of the freezer on a hot day! If you want to add some more fruit, you could make our Banana Split Bites!

Banana Dippers

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  • Yield: 12
  • Cuisine: Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup or more chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate)
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the banana into 1-inch slices.
  3. Press your popsicle stick through the banana lengthwise and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Freeze the banana pops until they’re frozen solid.
  5. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler on the stove, or in the microwave until completely melted.
  6. Dip your banana pops into the chocolate, and let the excess drip off.
  7. Place the pops flat side down onto the baking sheet, and freeze them until solid.
  8. Once they’re frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place in an airtight freezer container.

Notes

When freezing bananas, make sure that your bananas are not too ripe so that they keep in the freezer longer.

 

Fruit Ice Cubes

Looking for a way to jazz up your water? Try these fruit ice cubes!

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Fruit cubes would be the perfect addition to your water or sparkling water instead of just plain ice cubes. Don’t think about adding artificial flavors or sweeteners to your water when you can use real fruit. Here at MOMables, we pride ourselves in using real food and getting rid of artificial flavoring. There is no need to add any sweetener to your water when nature’s own sweetener is made naturally in these fruits. One of our drinks, aguas frescas, is a great example. Here, we’re making fruit cubes to chill your water and add a little extra fun surprise to their school lunch. First wash your berries. I used strawberries and blueberries in these fruit cubes, but you could use your preferred fruits. Place berries (chopped if necessary) into your ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze. Add to your drink, and enjoy! As the cubes melt, the fruit flavor infuses your drink more, and you will end up with yummy fruit to eat when you finish! You could add fruit cubes to water, sparkling water, lemonade. The options are endless. My family enjoyed it best with just water. Sometimes water can get boring, and these fruit cubes made it different and exciting. My daughter’s favorite part was to fish out the fruit at the end. She kept trying to take the fruit out of my fruit cubes once she was done with hers. My tip? Make lots of extra fruit cubes! These were a hit and disappeared fast. We will definitely be making them over and over again, with different combinations of fruits! These fruit cubes would also be a great addition to any party. They are so simple to make but yet they make any drink seem better!

 

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Frozen Yogurt Shapes

Need a freezer-ready snack idea for the summer? MOMables realizes that during summer, kids still need healthy snacks and healthy lunches.

Frozen-Yogurt-Shapes MOMables.comThese Frozen Yogurt Shapes are the perfect snack for a hot summer day, or a creative way to carry them inside the lunch box! Regardless, you’ll want to keep them stocked in your freezer!

We love to fill our freezer with healthy and easy snacks, especially in the summer when something cold is so refreshing. What my daughter and I love to make most is frozen yogurt shapes.

I first came across this idea from one of our own MOMables contributors, Keeley. It’s such a brilliant idea, and I make them all the time now! Using some silicone ice cube trays found in dollar stores, you can make a fun and creative snack for your kids in minutes!

Freezing yogurt and fruit into fun shapes somehow makes it extra special to kids. The best part is that they are so easy to make, you can have your kids help you make them. My daughter likes to choose which silicone tray we use, or which fruits we use.

I usually will make a batch of frozen yogurt shapes when I find some extra-ripe fruit in the back of the fridge. Before the fruit goes bad, I either freeze it whole, or blend it with yogurt and make some yogurt shapes.

These frozen yogurt shapes can also be easily made into Frozen Yogurt Pops with the right mold and popsicle sticks!

My daughter loves to take frozen yogurt shapes out of the freezer and just pop them into her mouth.  Sometimes, she puts a few of them in a bowl and enjoys “mushing” them together and eating them as if it was ice cream. So according to her, frozen yogurt shapes are just as good as ice cream! Now this is one snack I don’t mind if she wants seconds—or thirds. ;)

You could also put frozen yogurt shapes into a lunch too, but it’s important keep in mind that the shapes will melt.

Frozen Yogurt Shapes

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  • Cuisine: Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed berries (for ours, we used strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Silicone ice cube tray(s) of choice

Instructions

  1. Place the mixed berries in a small blender, and blend until they are coarsely chopped. Add the vanilla yogurt and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into the silicone ice cube trays and transfer to the freezer. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours or until frozen solid.
  3. Once they’re solid, transfer the frozen shapes out of the trays into freezer bags.

Notes

This recipe filled two heart silicone ice cube trays, however every silicone ice cube tray is different, so you can easily make adjustments by adding more yogurt if needed.

 

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DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs

Love smoothies, but hate the hassle of making them every morning? You’ll love these easy smoothie freezer packs.

These smoothie freezer packs show you how to make smoothies with frozen fruit and veggies!

All the convenience of the store-bought kind with ingredients YOU select.

These are the perfect addition to healthy lunches.  See how to pack a smoothie. 

I love smoothies, especially green smoothies. You get all the nutrients and benefits of the greens (spinach or kale, for example) along with the taste of your favorite fruits. This is also the perfect way to get your picky eater to drink up some greens.

When my daughter helps me put together the smoothie packs, she’s always much more willing to try the smoothies.

While I love smoothies and love to have one every morning, I don’t always have the time to put together a fresh smoothie on the spot. By preparing my smoothie packs ahead of time, we can have healthy smoothies ready and at our disposal whenever we need them.

Check out this video to see exactly how I prepare my DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs!

Once a week, I like to make a few smoothie freezer packs so that we have ready-made smoothies for the rest of the week. You put everything you would want in your smoothie, excluding the liquid base, which you add when you are going to make the smoothie.

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Freezing the spinach or other greens has no effect on the taste of the smoothie, or on its nutritional value.  Now you can make your favorite smoothie recipe and make it into a freezer-ready pack.

When it comes time to make your smoothie, you can easily take one smoothie freezer pack out of your freezer. Blend all the ingredients, in addition to your liquid base, until smooth. You can either blend your smoothie frozen, or you can defrost the pack in the fridge the night before you make it.

Here, I’ve listed one of my favorite recipes with pineapple, mango, clementines, and spinach. Many times, I will take my overripe fruits and stick them into the freezer so that they can be added into a smoothie later on.

When it comes time to blend your smoothie, I like to blend my greens (I usually use spinach, kale, or a mixture of both) with my liquid base first. I then add the rest of the fruit and blend until smooth. If you have a high-powered blender, you might not have to add that extra step.

For my liquid base, I like to use 1 cup of coconut water and 1 cup of water. I always label my freezer packs with how much liquid I need to add, as a reminder in case I’m not the one making the smoothie.

Want to pack a smoothie for your kids lunch? See this post on how to. Smoothies can go great with a MOMables lunch from our MOMables menus.

DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs

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Ingredients

  • 2 heaping cups spinach
  • 2 cups liquid (i.e. 1 cup water, 1 cup coconut water)
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the spinach and the liquid, and blend until the spinach is completely broken down.
  2. Add the fruit in batches, and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into cups, and enjoy!

 

6 DIY Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade DIY Frozen Pizzas that are convenient and ready when you need them.
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There is just something about pizza. It is oh-so-good. We love pizza in our family and have it at least once a week. Pizza is our favorite quick meal that we can just throw together and bake.

I must confess, even making a simple pizza seems stressful on those long days. And while occasionally we will order out some pizza, I always end up feeling like we overpaid for something I could make even better at home.

Enter in frozen pizzas. Frozen pizzas are a lifesaver sometimes! Just pop it out of the freezer, into the oven, and done! Dinner is done with little to no prep, and the kitchen is not a mess!

As a busy mom, that is music to my ears. And while frozen boxed pizzas can be delicious, there is just something special about homemade pizza.

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When you eat a homemade pizza, you can taste the fresh, real ingredients and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Whether you have food allergies to consider or because everyone likes their own separate toppings, you also get to tailor your pizza to your own needs at home. But making a pizza for pizza night from scratch is not that convenient during busy days.

I always like to have a few ready-made meals in our freezer for those days when no one wants to cook or we have a very busy schedule—and these DIY Frozen Pizzas are perfect!

By par-baking your pizza dough for 3 to 5 minutes before freezing, you ensure that your crust will stay crispy even after being in the freezer.

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These DIY Frozen Pizzas can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months. My daughter likes to help me make a few pizzas together to then freeze. It is a great way to get her involved in the kitchen.

Have leftover pizzas? Pack them for lunch.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

DIY Frozen Pizzas

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  • Cuisine: Dinner

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough, or store-bought
  • 1/2-1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings: pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers for example

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F, and place your pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven while it is heating.
  2. Roll out your pizza to the desired shape and thickness.
  3. Place the pizza on parchment paper onto the pizza stone (or baking sheet) and par-bake for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Let the pizza dough cool completely.
  5. Decorate your pizza with tomato sauce, shredded cheese, and your desired toppings.
  6. Place the pizza on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, for about 3 hours.
  7. Wrap the pizza in plastic wrap, and then place it in a freezer ziploc bag (squeeze out the extra air).
  8. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  9. Bake the frozen pizza (unwrapped) at 450F, and cook your pizzas until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

 

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