FoodWorks: Healthy Frozen Treats
Foodworks is such a fun program that we host at The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. It promotes healthy eating, families cooking together, and delicious food that you can find at your neighborhood Hannaford!
Today we are sharing two recipes for summer time treats: Frozen Yogurt Bark and Frozen Watermelon Popsicles. Both recipes are easy to make, and are perfect cold treats for hot summer days! Summer is a great time to enjoy ice cream and popsicles, but these two recipes offer a slightly lower sugar and lower fat way to enjoy a cold dessert, and could easily be added to your summer frozen dessert routine, which we all need when it's this hot outside!
Both of these recipes only require a freezer to complete, and both are kid-friendly, so if you have eager kitchen helpers in your family, this is a great way to include everyone in some no fail cooking fun. Also, you do not need popsicle molds to make the Watermelon Popsicles!
If you want to try both recipes, it may be easier to make the yogurt bark first because the watermelon can get messy, and may be easiest to do outside. If you opt to use cookie cutters for the watermelon recipe it results in some extra pieces that need to be eaten, so this activity can double as a snack time.
First - gather your ingredients
For the frozen watermelon popsicles:
- Watermelon- If you need a smaller portion, try the pre-cut watermelon at Hannaford
Skewers, chopsticks, or popsicle sticks
- Cookie cutters
For the yogurt bark:
- Plain yogurt
- Vanilla yogurt
- Optional: coconut or soy based yogurt
- Chocolate Chips
- Wax paper
- Pan or tray
- Freezer space
Yogurt Bark Directions:
- Prep your pan or tray by putting down a sheet of waxed paper and a quick spray of cooking oil.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of plain and 1 cup of vanilla yogurt to create a lower sugar, kid-friendly version of the bark, or simply choose a yogurt flavor you know your family will enjoy
- Add in any toppings you would like to add
- You can add the toppings to the yogurt once it’s on the tray if you would like to make some bark with toppings, and some plain
- Use a spoon or spatula to carefully add the yogurt to the waxed paper on the tray
- Place the tray in the freezer for about 4 hours or overnight
- Break up the bark to serve. You can save it in a freezer safe container.
Notes: we tried making the bark with soy based yogurt, and coconut based yogurt, both froze well, and were easy to break up and serve. We used Greek yogurt, and it made a tart treat, but be sure to use any yogurt that your family prefers. The Greek yogurt was nice and thick, so it froze well, but any yogurt should work! Please keep in mind that some of the toppings, like the berries, may create a greater risk of choking when frozen, so be sure to supervise as needed. Recipe inspired by Stonyfield Yogurt: Stonyfield Yogurt Bark Recipe
Frozen Watermelon Popsicle Directions:
- Prep a pan or tray with waxed paper
- Cut watermelon into slices- about the same thickness as you would serve to eat fresh
- If children are helping, set each person up with a work station- a cutting board or tray with waxed paper works well
- Use cookie cutters to press the watermelon into desired shape (we made stars, triangles, and circles), and remove seeds with a skewer or toothpick
- Carefully add a stick using a skewer (can be sharp), chopstick, or popsicle stick
- Place each popsicle on the lined tray and place in the freezer
- The extra watermelon scraps can be eaten as snack
- Serve any time you want a healthy refreshing treat!
Notes: This may be the easiest recipe ever aside from a little messy watermelon juice. Creating shapes with cookie cutters is completely optional- you can simply put the watermelon onto the skewer with the rind if you would like. The texture of the watermelon works really well as a frozen treat! It is very similar to the texture of an ice pop- easy to take a bite, though quite cold when it first comes out the freezer. If you opt to use popsicle sticks, use the wooden, un-dyed sticks. Colorful craft sticks tend to bleed the dye when wet, and it may not be food safe! We experimented with adding some melted chocolate chips over a few of the watermelon slices, and it tasted great, but was just a little messier to eat. Recipe reference: https://www.chopchopfamily.org/recipe/frozen-watermelon-popsicles/
We hope you enjoy these refreshing summer treats, and stay cool! Thank you to Hannaford for sponsoring our Foodworks program at CMNH!