Tomorrow is January, which means next month is February, which means very soon the world will be going nutty for valentines day. Here is a confession, I am not huge on celebrating this hallmark holiday. It's just not the holiday for everyone, I'm not sure if it's because I am based in New Zealand and the trend to celebrate valentines day with valentines treats is not as strong here. But I do enjoy making cute easy food for my kids, and I do own a multitude of heart shaped cookie cutters..... So I decided as a kid food blogger I should have at least one healthy valentines treat on my site!
Frozen Fruit Pops my Healthy Summer Treat For Kids
The other thing about New Zealand is that we are right down on the other side of the world, way down in the bottom of the southern hemisphere. Which means February is HOT! I was married in February, the 18th to be exact, and I can still remember standing in a cold bath with my dressed hitched up to try and cool down a bit! In February my family does have a little celebration of love for our wedding anniversary, and for my sister in law and brother in laws anniversary as they were married on the same date a few years after us. So I think I might just make these frozen fruit pops for my kids to help us celebrate.
How to make Healthy Valentines Frozen Fruit Pops
This post is barely a recipe, it is more an inspiration piece, with only 2 ingredients I think you can pretty much tell how to make these guys just by looking at the pictures. But I do have a couple of notes.
- They work best when the watermelon and banana is sliced quite thickly. 1.5-2cm thick
- If your smallest heart shaped cutter is slightly bigger than the diameter of your banana, then slice your banana on an angle, this will make a larger surface area
- I used both cake pops and ice block sticks when I made these. The Cake pops look a little sleeker but the ice block sticks were easier for the kiddos to handle. And if your craft box is anything like mine you might have some lying around.
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 Banana
- Slice your watermelon into 1.5-2 cm thick slices
- Slice your banana into 1.5-2 cm thick slices
- Use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to shape the watermelon slices
- Use a small heart shaped cutter to take out the centre of each watermelon slice
- Use the same small heart shaped cutter to shape the banana slices
- Pop the small banana heart into the small hole you have created in the watermelon
- Add a stick
- Lie on baking paper or a silicon baking sheet
- Freeze for 4 hours
The bananas should not go brown if you freeze them soon after making them, They do brown after they are removed from the freezer and left.. but my kiddos ate them before this was a problem!