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Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Are you looking for different ways to help incorporate fresh fruit into you or your child’s lunch?
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs MOMables.com

These strawberry shortcake kabobs, like many recipes from MOMables school lunch menus, includes fresh fruit and tastes delicious!

One of my favorite things about summer is the gorgeous looking produce that accompanies it. During the winter months, fresh produce doesn’t always look so “fresh”.

Fortunately, by summertime the produce aisles at grocery stores are popping with bright colors of luscious looking produce. One of my personal favorite summertime fruits- strawberries!

What I like even better than getting them at the grocery store is finding a strawberry farm and picking my own with my family. Each year we make a family affair out of it and the outing always promises a good time for all.

Strawberry Cake Kabobs-9I love picking our own strawberries for several reasons:

1) The freshness, juiciness and flavor of the strawberries cannot be beat!

2) It shows my kids the origin of one of their favorite foods. So often these days, I feel it’s easy for kids to think that food just magically appears on grocery shelves. Strawberry picking gets them out in a field and teaches them about food and gives them more of an appreciation for the people that work hard to bring such food items to our tabletop.

So whether you pick your own strawberries or get them from the grocery store, embrace the season and make as many recipes using strawberries as possible…like these strawberry cake kabobs for example. Don’t forget to check out the healthier pound cake recipe below!

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They are super easy to whip up and are the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ or Fourth of July celebration. Bonus: your kids can skewer them!

If you’re making them for adults, make larger portions and thread the ingredients onto a skewer. If you’re making them for kids, put them on a popsicle stick to ensure they won’t poke themselves. These kabobs will go great as a treat with one of our lunches.

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Healthier Pound Cake
 
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Author:
Cuisine: Baking
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 vanilla bean or,
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces cake flour (about 3 cups)
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray with flour
For Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
  • Pound cake (homemade or store-bought), sliced into cubes
  • Fresh strawberries, whole or halved
  • Melted milk chocolate
  • Melted white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, combine oil and vanilla in a small skillet over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes or until mixture cools to room temperature. Scrape seeds from bean, and stir into oil; discard bean. If you use vanilla extract, skip this step and add it to the next step.
  3. Combine the oil mixture, 1¾ cups sugar, and ½ cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  4. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray, and spread evenly. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan.
For Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
  1. Alternate putting pound cake cubes and strawberries onto skewer or popsicle stick.
  2. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and/or milk chocolate.
 

39 super easy to make banana split bites via Momables.com

Banana Split Bites Recipe: Better than Fruit Salad! {video}

What’s better than a fruit salad? These fun banana split bites of course!

Banana Split Bites Snack Recipe MOMables.com

These sweet pieces of frozen fruit encased in a chocolate shell is the perfect after school snack your kids will love! Oh! If you need more ideas, click here.

Ditch the chocolate cookies, ice-cream and whipped toppings. Most are full of unidentifiable ingredients and very little nutrition.

Our banana split bites have all the delicious flavors you get from a banana split in bite-size form!

Check out how easy they are to make:

Bonus: it’s not as messy as a real banana split.

Each serving is skewered through a popsicle stick -a kid favorite- and it makes it portable and the perfect treat for your kids’ lunchbox.

I know these don’t actually contain ice cream… but because the fruit is frozen you really get the “ice cream feel”.

If you are anything like me, you are usually taking a bite (or two) of the afternoon treats along with your kids. This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating!

Yes, haven’t you heard? There are health benefits of eating chocolate (in moderation). Another bonus to the great taste of these sweet treats is that they are low-carbohydrate (diabetic friendly).

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Freeze these overnight, and stick them in your child’s lunchbox in the morning, directly on an ice pack. They will have thawed a little bit by lunchtime, which is exactly how they’re enjoyed best!

You can stick the entire lunch container in the freezer and pull it out right before heading out to after school activities or weekend soccer games. I prefer stainless steel containers since they are better temperature conductors but any lunch box will work!

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Banana Split Bites
 
Makes 12 Bites
Author:
Cuisine: Treats
Ingredients
  • 12 1" pieces pineapple
  • 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren't too ripe)
  • 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
  • 2.5oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
  2. Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
  5. Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
  6. If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Notes
Make sure that your bananas aren't too ripe. If you use a ripe banana the sugars break down, which will result in a mushy banana once thawed. Using an unripe banana with prevent this.
 

Carbohydrate Breakdown:

  • 1 bite-sized piece of banana= 3
  • 1″ piece of pineapple= 2
  • 1/2 medium strawberry= 1
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dark chocolate (total varies depending on type and brand)= 4

Carbohydrate total per Banana Split Bite= 10 carbohydrates

 

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