Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

I just love easy peasy recipes. And this one takes the cake! For hot summer days,  it’s easy to grab super sugary ice pops or ice cream from the store. Before you do that though, give this Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark a shot. By the way, I do give my kids an occasional treat, and we definitely have a drumstick here and there. But this one is guilt free! It’s packed with protein from Greek yogurt and nuts and tons of fruit.

Yogurt Bark

This recipe has such minimal steps I’m not sure I could fill up this blog post. It’s seriously that easy.

Do you have a favorite yogurt? If you do, then use it. We love so many varieties, so it’s not hard to choose, but I would suggest a flavored one. You can also choose plain greek and just add some honey. We always use ones with flavors already in it, because it’s just one less ingredient to buy and add. You’ll then want to buy the toppings. Cherries go so well with peaches and pistachios that I made this yogurt bark this flavor.

You’ll then need to prepare a baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Pour the greek yogurt then add toppings. Freeze for at least 3 hours, and it’s ready to be eaten!

So good and so simple.

recipe

Cherry Peach Yogurt Bark

Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt With Honey (or flavor of choice)
  • Peaches, sliced
  • Cherries, pitted and halved
  • Pistachios, peeled

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Evenly spread the greek yogurt
  3. Add toppings as desired.
  4. If you like the fruit and nuts incorporated, you can mix it in a bowl and then spread it on the parchment paper
  5. Freeze a minimum of 3 hours
  6. Enjoy immediately
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/07/cherry-peach-yogurt-bark/

Thank you Superfresh Growers for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out these hidden veggie popsicles too!

No-Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

I’ve decided to have some of my favorite bloggers guest post every so often. My goal is to get more recipes to you, so you have more recipe choices for your family!

Today Joy of Lunches + Littles is sharing a no-bake mini berry cheesecakes recipe.   She shares all sorts of tasty, kid-friendly recipes . She also shares her on feeding and meal times. Not only does she love making meals fun with the use of natural pops of color and unexpected flavor combos. Joy enjoys posting about how she gets her family to not only eat, but eat lots of healthy options.  She’s no rookie in the “feeding kiddos department”, because she’s a full-time Mama to three little ones (ages 2, 3 and 4 years).

Without further ado, I’ll hand it over to Joy.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Any big plans? Do you attend a big get-together, or keep things a little closer to home?

My family and I are heading off to a larger gathering of family on Monday morning, and we are really looking forward to it. I am in charge of a few kid-friendly side/ treat options for after lunch, as well as a big ole’ fruit bowl and homemade fruit dip. I’m also bringing some of these No-Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes w/ Granola Nut Crust.

What about you? Are you still looking for last-minute dessert idea? Or perhaps just a fun treat to make for your family? Well, youre in luck! These mini cakes are such a cute little treat, and they are made perfectly festive with an assortment of fresh berries on top. So delicious!

My kids love a special treat, especially for a family get-together and I’ll be honest–So do I! And, I love how easy these no-bake mini berry cheesecakes are to make, and how they are the perfect size for little or big hands. This recipe is also a great one for getting your kids in the kitchen with you. I use a stand-mixer to combine and beat everything (though you can also use a hand mixer), and my oldest two just love helping with turning on and off the mixture and checking to see if things are just right.

No Bake Cheese Cake

See the full recipe below, and I hope you enjoy this festive treat. And, with the red, white and blue – these would also be great for the 4th of July (if you are anything like me and already planning ahead for that)!

REcipe

No-Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS (for the crust):
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2tbsp water*
  • 3pitted dates
  • INGREDIENTS(for the filling):
  • 1/8 cup cold water
  • 1/2tbsp unflavored powdered gelatin (I use Knox)
  • 1 and 1/8cup whipping cream
  • 1, 8 ounce packageof cream cheese (room temp)•1tbspfresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • *You will also need assorted fresh berries as shown, a muffin tin and muffin/ cupcake liners

Instructions

  1. Place muffin/cupcake liners in wells of a regular-sized muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Then, start making your crusts: In a large capacity food processor, combine all of the crust ingredients, minus the water, and process until a sticky dough starts to form.
  4. Then shut off and add in a little water.*
  5. Start with just 1 tbsp and see if it is moldable enough for the crust (you want something that is still clearly made up from pieces of nuts –be careful not to over process).
  6. Add more water as necessary.
  7. Once you have your “dough” ready to go, press it into the bottom of your prepared pan (in liners).
  8. Press down/smooth as much as possible.
  9. Then place pan in the freezer for 1 hour.
  10. While dough is firming in freezer, start working on your filling...
  11. Pour cold waterinto a small saucepan(your smallest one, as it is only a little water!) and sprinkle gelatin over top water. Let sit for 5 min.
  12. Then, gently whisk mixtureand cook over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves completely.Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  13. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixerbowl, beat whipping cream until thickened and stiff peaks form.Set aside.
  14. If using a stand mixer and you only have one mixing bowl, remove cream from that bowl and place in another bowl. You need to use the stand mixer again in the next step!
  15. In a separate bowl or empty stand mixer bowl, combine: cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, sour cream, vanilla and salt.Beat until completely smooth.
  16. Next, add a small amount of the cream cheese mixture (above) to the gelatin you set aside earlierto cool. Whisk until well combined.
  17. Then, fold that combined gelatin mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  18. Fold together until completely smooth.•When time is up, remove prepared crusts from freezer, and divide filling between the crusts as shown below.
  19. Smooth out the tops, as needed.Then, place mini cheesecakes backin freezer for 2 hours, or refrigerate overnight (if time allows).
  20. Prior to serving, top with fresh fruit of choice: for these I used: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
  21. For an extra festive touch, try using a mini food cutter to cut out star shapes, as seen above!
  22. If traveling with these, freeze prior to taking them. Or keep in a cooler. You want these to be served chilled
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/05/no-bake-mini-berry-cheesecakes/

Thank you Easy Toddler Meals for having me here to share today. For more delicious, colorful recipes that are both vibrant and nutritious, be sure to check out my feed, @lunchesandlittles, where I am serving up easy and family-friendly dishes, treats and more all the time!

Hidden Veggie Bunny Popsicles

Tis the season for all things spring. Days are gorgeous and flowers are blooming. It’s also getting warm enough for some cold treats, at least in southern California anyway.  This hidden veggie strawberry bunny popsicles recipe is a fun and cute way to get vegetables in.

How do I get my kids to eat vegetables? That’s the number one question I get as a kids’ food blogger. Sometimes I even get asked about how to get veggies into husband’s meals! Since I  know some of you have children who won’t eat anything green. I created this recipe. Give these strawberry bunny popsicles a try.  There are no green veggies in sight, but not to worry it’s still packed with cauliflower!  That said, I’m huge on getting kids to eat vegetables that are not hidden also, so I serve whatever vegetable I’m hiding along with their meal.

Yes, you heard me right. I put frozen cauliflower in it! The fiber rich vegetable makes smoothies creamy and gives this cold delight an extra boost in nutrition. Best of all, the fruits in it overpower the cauliflower’s flavor, so you can’t taste  it. I’ve also made this dairy free, with a fantastic creamer I recently discovered.

If you prefer to serve it as smoothie you can, although I would probably do half almond milk half creamer. You can use regular popsicle molds or use this bunny popsicle mold. If you want to freeze three at a time you can use these bunny molds, it’ slightly different but close!

Furthermore, if you  desire a much sweeter popsicle, you can add a pitted date or more honey and blend it in. You can also make it vegan by using maple syrup.

Note: When first blended it is much sweeter to taste than when frozen, so you might want to overcompensate.

Looking for more cold healthy treats? Try this Healthy Drumstick Ice Cream Recipe

recipe

Strawberry Bunny Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Califia almond milk creamer, vanilla
  • 1/2 c. frozen cauliflower florets, or frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pitted date, or honey for sweetener if desired

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients into blender
  2. Pour into mold
  3. Freeze for 3 hours or longer
  4. Serve and enjoy!
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/03/hidden-veggie-bunny-popsicles/

*Thank you Califia Farms for sponsoring this post. If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

5 Minute Apple Crisp

Breakfast is the most challenging meal to fix because I’m always running out the door.  This 5 minute apple crisp recipe definitely saves the day. It’s so delicious and is our family’s favorite. The tasty delight is fiber rich with fruit and tasty butter. If you didn’t know, butter is  great for brain development!

Often times I’m so slammed in the mornings trying to get my oldest off to school on time. Sound familiar?  Even though I’m busy, I always strive to provide a healthy breakfast to start out our day. I tried this on a whim on one busy morning. It’s super easy to make, just pop it in the microwave and voilà. It was a hit!

If you don’t want to use a microwave I’m sure you can cook it over stove top as well. You can check out my buttered bananas recipe for something similar.

Apple Crisp

Also, if you’re an apple pie lover, this is really a yummy alternative. I use maple syrup instead of traditional brown sugar. Syrup gives it a wonderful aroma and is also much healthier than its cousin sugar. It’s an unrefined sweetener, which contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. There are so many sweet options these days that I really try to start our day with a healthy punch.Best of all my kids think they’re having dessert for breakfast. because it’s just that good.

If you’d like to make it a dessert, you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for a healthier treat, freeze banana and blend it in a blender. It makes for a great ice cream alternative.

recipe

5 Minute Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 tbs. quick oats
  • 3 tbs. pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbs. Horizon salted butter, melted
  • 1-2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Dash of cinammon
  • 2 tbs. Horizon Organic Whole Milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, pecan, butter, cinnamon and butter, set aside
  2. Chop apples in small pieces, sprinkle cinnamon on top and mix
  3. In a microwavable mug, add apples, then oats mixture
  4. Add milk
  5. Place in microwave and heat for 2:30 minutes
  6. Eat immediately or top with banana ice cream or regular ice cream
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/03/5-minute-apple-crisp/

Thank you Horizon Organic for sponsoring this post.

 

Build Your Own Muffin

Ever since we got back from vacation my son has been a little more picky than usual.  It’s probably because I gave him a lot of snacks and treats on our 15 hour plane ride.

Every morning when I ask him what he wants for breakfast he’s asked for a muffin. One morning, I made his wish come true. When he asks for something I can make at home in a healthier way, I do it!

This build your own muffin recipe is so simple to make and it only takes 15 minutes to bake! Best of all your kids can help in the kitchen  by adding in  their favorite toppings. It’s summer time for most folks and this makes for a fun activity. This is also flourless,  refined sugar free  (depending on toppings used), and is protein rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re wondering if it has an egg like consistency, it does not! You may have a hard time believing it has no flour. This easy healthy muffin is now my go to recipe for sure. Here’s how to make it:

Easy Healthy Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 3-4 tbs. agave syrup or honey
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Toppings: chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins , or even nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, blend all ingredients except toppings until smooth
  3. Grease muffin tin and pour mix
  4. Mix in desired toppings in each individual circle (this is a perfect kids activity)
  5. Top with more toppings
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out smooth
  7. Enjoy!
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/06/buildyourownmuffin/

Recipe adapted from Well Plated.

Easy Mini Bird Nests

Just 15 minutes is all you need to make these super cute easy mini bird nests.  I came up with this recipe because my kids are a little bored of eggs. I always try to offer protein rich foods in the borning.  Since most breakfast choices have so much carbohydrates, I had to think outside of the box.  We all know most kids including my sons love toast and anything with bread. Who am I kidding, adults love bread too. This is perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday.

You can also just make these without the coconut and just add just fruit on top for an everyday meal or snack.

 

Easy Mini Bird Nests

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. coconut, shredded
  • 10-15 drops green food coloring (optional for grass)
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • Coconut oil spray, or any other spray for greasing tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, add eggs, butter, milk, salt, and flour
  3. Blend
  4. Grease mini muffin tin with coconut oil spray
  5. Pour egg mixture into tin halfway full
  6. Bake for 10 minutes
  7. Remove, from tin and let cool, the nests will sink down
  8. In a bowl, add shredded coconut
  9. Add drops of food coloring into coconut until desired color is reached
  10. Assemble nests with grass, and yogurt covered raisins
  11. Enjoy!
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/04/easy-mini-easter-nests/

 

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Waking up in the morning and thinking about what to fix for breakfast can often be difficult. Some nights I think ahead and make this. It’s nutritious, delicious and easy! You’ll need just a few ingredients and all you’ll have to do i s grab it from your fridge in the am and enjoy.

There are so many benefits of chia seeds. It’s definitely a super food.  It has fiber, protein, fat, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin B3, potassium, Vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. I won’t get into why all those are good, but I’m sure you can do a google search if you’re interested!

We served it in our Num Num bowl and also spoon. It’s a great starter spoon because it’s flat and there’s really no way to use it. the open ridged hole makes it easier for food to stay on and promotes self feeding. Check out the video of my baby using it!

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. agave or honey (more if you like it sweet)
  • 1 tbs. chia seed
  • Fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a jar or bowl, add all ingredients together
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  3. Enjoy!
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/overnight-chia-oatmeal/

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

I love chocolate. I’m not going to lie, to me it’s the best thing since sliced bread. While we do have the occasional real ice cream treat, it’s always nice to eat something guilt free. It’s also nice to be able to share something with both my kids without thinking about the sugar content and what’s in it. That said, I’m all about balance! So do what you do.

This has a lot of healthy fat including avocado and coconut oil. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to put some ripe bananas in the freezer the night before. That’s it super easy and clean.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas (sliced)
  • 1 tbs. Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas and freeze in a ziplock bag
  2. In a food processor combine all ingredients, and blend until desired consistency
  3. You can either freeze it for later or enjoy immediately
  4. If you freeze it for later, let it sit in room temperature for a a few minutes before serving for easy scooping, and a little bit creamier texture
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/healthy-chocolate-ice-cream/

Also, if you are ready for self feeding, or do Baby Led Weaning like us, you have to try out these Num Num spoons! There’s no wrong way to use because it’s flat. The innovative design requires no scooping or balancing.  My baby gets so excited to use it because it gives him independence. Better yet, you my friend, can eat YOUR food and not tend to your baby for at least 5 minutes. Now you know that’s priceless.  The non slip bowl is also top notch. The No-Slip,  No-Tip Design, facilitates learning to self=feed.

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!

French Toast Roll Ups

I’ve made something like these French toast roll ups in the past with other ingredients. This version this includes ones that are more ready available. You’ll probably find what you need in your refrigerator now. It’s a great way to make a meal more fun for the kids and packs in protein and fruit. The fillings are endless!

French Toast Roll Ups

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Cream Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • Sliced fruit of choice (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, etc.)
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Flatten bread with a rolling pin or glass
  2. Remove ends of bread (optional)
  3. Spread cream cheese on one end of bread
  4. Top with sliced fruit, roll tightly
  5. Tip: Do not overfill!
  6. In a bowl, combine one egg and milk
  7. Dip filled roll ups into egg mixture, removing excess
  8. In a pan, on medium heat, add butter and brown rollups on all sides until brown
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/french-toast-roll-ups/

Sweet Potato Banana Bites

Mornings are always rushed at my house. Whether it’s because I have to run to work, or if I’m in a hurry to get my youngest down for his nap. The start of our mornings are always challenging. Making these baby friendly muffins ahead of time saves me a ton of time. And yes, you can have veggies for breakfast!

Best of all, you can add toppings to these muffins like chocolate chips, or sliced almonds. I just choose to make it simple for my 10 month old. We don’t offer sugar quite yet, unless it’s non refined. But for my 3-year-old chocolate chips are fair game.

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. sweet potato (steamed)
  • 1/2 c. banana (mashed)
  • 4 tbs. wheat flour
  • 2 eggs (scrambled)
  • 2 tbs. almond butter/nutbutter
  • Dash of cinammon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375F
  2. In a large bowl, scramble eggs
  3. Mix in the mashed sweet potato, mashed banana, flour, nut butter, and dash of cinnamon
  4. Combine until well incorporated
  5. Pour into greased muffin tin
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes
  7. Serve with butter, or drizzle honey for a sweeter variety (no honey before age 1)
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/01/sweet-potato-banana-bites/

P.S. See that super cute ring I’m wearing? It’s from Emma J. Company.  Part of the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry with each purchase from the Emma J. Dawn McCoy Collection, $6 goes to NKH. Here’s a closeup, it’s so lovely!