Monday, July 31, 2006

Cool Summer Treats

One of our favorite treats lately has been homemade jello, made without sugar. I tweaked it from the recipe on the back of the Knox gelatin box.

1 big bottle white grape cherry juice
6 pk knox gelatin
2 cans fruit cocktail in juice (no sugar added)
2 ripe bananas

Measure 2 cups juice; add gelatin. Heat the rest of the juice to boiling, remove from heat, and add gelatin mixture. In 2 bowls, put *drained* fruit. Divide juice/gelatin mixture between the bowls, and refrigerate. Sets up in about 3 hours (barely) so I usually put one in the freezer for an hour and a half or so, and it sets up really fast. I've never forgotten it so far, so I don't know what would happen if it froze completely! The kids love this.


Another favorite treat for summer is smoothies. I actually haven't done this much this year, but it's so good.

1 to 1 1/2 ripe bananas
big glob peanut butter
1 t. vanilla (opt.)
big spoonful carob powder (opt.)
1 c. ice
1/2 c. milk, dairy or non-dairy

Blend in blender till creamy. Serve in a tall glass and drink with a straw. Yum!


Urka said...

I'm doing smoothies too, but I use frozen strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I put in a few tablespoons of plain yogurt, and about a tablespoon of sugar, just to tame the tart berries. I also add some fruit juice (anything I have on hand) and blend until the texture is right, adding juice as needed.

Charity Grace said...