Frozen Fruit Cups

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Ingredient List

1 15.5-ounce can of pineapple chucks, drained

1-quart container of frozen strawberries, thawed

1 large banana, sliced

1 15-ounce can of apricots or peaches, drained and sliced

1 cup water

½ c sugar

15 small plastic cups

 

Something about school makes my kids hungry. My boys walk through the door, toss their backpacks on the mudroom bench, and head straight for the snack cupboard. Maybe this sounds familiar to you.

I keep a fair number of prepackaged snacks in stock, but these fruit cups are a great homemade tummy-filler. They are simple to make, and the recipe can be easily adjusted to fit different tastes.

Start by boiling 1 cup of water and ½ cup of sugar. Mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine the banana, strawberries, pineapple, and peaches. Pour the sugar water over the fruit and mix.

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Using a ladle or small measuring cup, fill the plastic cups 2/3 full and place them on a cookie sheet. Then set the whole cookie sheet in the freezer. In a couple of hours, you will have a tasty frozen snack. To thaw a fruit cup slightly for easier eating, microwave it on ½ power for 20 seconds.

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Enjoy one of these cups on a fall day after school.

Healthier alternative: Instead of adding the sugar water, use the juice from the pineapple and peach cans.

 

Kim Harms

Kim Harms is a freelance writer who lives in Huxley, Iowa with her husband and three sons. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and devotionals. In addition to writing, she and her mother run 500 Dresses, a clothing ministry to Haitian children. You can find her online at kimharms.net and 500dresses.org.

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