We really do go through just about the craziest winter of snow to live on one of the most beautiful places on the planet during spring and summer. We play outside daily – and kids play hard!
It can be really easy to get caught up in quick frozen summer treats – especially if that ice cream truck frequents your neighborhood. The kids are playing hard, sweating, hot, and you figure since they burn so much energy what can some ice cream hurt, right?
I’m all for an occasional treat, but not every day – or every week for that matter. The problem with processed sugar when these kids have been sweating and playing so hard, is that it really does nothing for them. In fact sugar weakens the immune system.
We make homemade popsicles in the summer, and I love having those on hand, but last summer I found that those go FAST in my house! With 3 kids eating them now, I just don’t always keep up. I decided I was only going to make popsicles once a week, and once they are gone for the week, they are gone!
I keep bags of chopped up frozen fruit in the freezer from our summer fruit picking, along with the big cost saving frozen fruit bags from Costco, and these blender sorbets can be made up fast.
My girls are young enough that they don’t really know any different and call this ice cream – it is so sweet from the fruit you really don’t need any other sweetener! This amount makes enough for about 5-6 small servings for my little ones – if you have big kids you can always double up!
- 2 ½ cups pineapple, cubed (about ½ a pineapple)
- 2 bananas, sliced
- Optional unsweetened coconut shreds to sprinkle on top
- Freeze the cut up fruit on a plate for an hour. (To save this step, make a few freezer bags of this portion of cut up fruit so you can just grab a bag and drop them in the blender when the kids want a frozen treat!)
- Process the fruit in your food processor or blender until smooth. Scrape the edges down if you have to. The sorbet will be soft serve in texture right out of the blender, or you can firm it up in the freezer for an hour if you want!
Let me know what the kids think!
You can find more occasional treat ideas on my Treat Ideas board on Pintrest!