Summer is well and truly in full swing and we’ve actually had the weather the prove it this year! With so much of our time being spent outdoors having BBQs, eating ice lollies, having picnic style breakfasts it’s been amazing. In this blog post I’ve put together a couple of summer recipe hacks that help to get the kids involved in the kitchen and make those summer snacks a little less stressful and a bit more fuss free.
So let’s get started; for my first recipe I created a fruit smoothie ice lolly. Since the weather has been warmer I think I can vouch for everyone when I say our freezers have been stocked up high with ice creams and ice lollies and whilst it is convenient they’re not the healthiest thing in the world and more often than not contain a quite a bit of added sugar. Although I’m no stickler when it comes to Evie having sugar (I mean come on we live by the seaside the kid’s a sucker for a 99 ice cream!) I do try to monitor her intake of sugar in snacks and treats but I’m a firm believer in everything is fine in moderation. So I decided to purchase some ice lolly moulds from eBay so I could make my own fruit smoothie lollies for Evie. That way I knew what was going in them and it could be a healthier alternative during the summer days. It was actually so simple, pretty quick and really fun to do!
For this recipe you will need;
- Ice Lolly Moulds – we purchased ours from eBay (smaller ones for Evie and then bigger ones for Danny and I)
- A blender – we use the Breville Blend Active ColourMix Family Blender
- A Knife
- Fruit of your choice – we chose watermelon, mango, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
- Yoghurt or a fruit drink – we chose apple juice
It really is so simple; all we did was chop up our chosen fruit add it to the Breville Blend Active bottle with a drop of apple juice and screw on the lid which has a blade inside it and click it on to place and blitz! Once it’s blended to your desired consistency all you need to do is pour it in to your moulds and freeze. We made ours in the morning so we could enjoy them in the afternoon as we left them in the freezer for around 5 hours.
As you can see they were a huge hit and Evie loved them! Although they were so quick and easy to make I did batch make about 8 to keep in the freezer which should hopefully last us a while. Because the Blend Active has a detachable bottle and blade as opposed to a transitional blender which has the blade secured at the bottom of the machine it’s so easy to clean and if you wanted to keep the excess smoothie mix to drink rather than freeze as ice lollies all you need to do is swap out the blade and pop on one of the lids it comes with! It comes with four different coloured bottles which means there is a bottle for everyone and no fighting over who’s is who! The bottles are specially designed with a super seal sports cap meaning there is absolutely no spillage or mess and they’re great to use on the go
Next up we made pastry pockets which is a take on the classic croissant that can be enjoyed for breakfast or even as a little snack and again it’s easy, fuss free and really quick to do. Quite simply all you need is ready to roll croissant pastry and a toastie maker; we used the Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster. You can add your filling to the inside of your pastry before cooking for a gooey centre of marshmallow or even chocolate but we chose to do ours without and then dip them in to Nutella when still warm (absolute bliss!). We rolled our pastry into the traditional croissant shape but when we put it in to the toaster maker we folded the edges over to create a triangle shape and then cooked for around 5 minutes. There was absolutely no mess because of the cut and seal technology and it was so quick and simple.
So it turns out toastie makers aren’t just for sandwiches there’s so many different things you can cook in them!! From grilled halloumi to omelettes to waffles or even apple turnovers. The advantage being there is less mess, less cooking time and hardly any clean up as the plates are removable and so easy to wipe down.
We had so much fun creating these recipes and hacks but more importantly getting to eat our creations at the end! I’m really excited that I’m going to be working alongside Breville over the next six months as one of their brand ambassadors and sharing hacks, tips, recipes and reviews along the way. You can find the products mentioned in this blog post and so many other appliances to turn on your creativity in the kitchen on the Breville website if you click here.
This post was kindly sponsored by Breville as I am working with them this year as one of their brand ambassadors but as always all words and opinions are my own.