Goodbye dyes and preservatives! Here are small treats rich in vitamins, fibers and minerals. Tempting, right?
Dried fruits coated with chocolate
It’s very simple! Just melt some good dark chocolate not too sweet, dip some oleaginous fruits into it with a fork (nuts, Hazelnut, almonds, etc.) and let them dry at room temperature. The recipe also works with raisins, cranberries, Goji berries…
Magic fruit skewers
Using small cookie cutters, cut teddy bears, dinosaurs or stars from rather firm flesh fruits (pear, apple, watermelon, pineapple, mango, etc.), then prick them on wooden sticks . Children also love skewers monochrome, for example red with strawberries, raspberries, cherries… Or the two-tone skewers alternating two varieties of fruit (apple-grape, banana-pineapple), which allow them to easily identify the flavors.
Seeds that make “pop”
There is the classic popcorn which is prepared with a particular variety of corn (zea mays, variety everta), but other small very healthy seeds also know how to “pop”! Like wild rice grains (be careful, it does not work with white rice), quinoa seeds, to be used rinsed and wiped, amaranth seeds, small but delicious, or the seeds of sorghum (a grass) that burst into white and crunchy flakes, and whose flavor is reminiscent of hazelnut. For a sweet break, you can add a touch of honey!
Topping the list, the banana (peeled) and Apple (unpeeled) that they love. And no need for a sophisticated appliance to make delicious crunchy crisps. Cut the fruit into thin slices, place them on the baking sheet covered with baking paper. Bake for a good hour and a half at 90 ° C (th. 3), taking care to turn the crisps halfway through cooking, and to open the oven door from time to time to release the water vapor.
Chocolates with dried fruits
To personalize your chocolate bars, melt dark pastry chocolate in a bain-marie. Pour it into mini-molds in the shape of your choice and sprinkle with seeds or dried fruits: white sesame, slivered almonds, pistachios, pecans, raisins… You just have to let harden in the fridge before to unmold. A treat at snack time, and ready-made portions that avoid cracking the entire shelf.
Colorful ice cubes
To flavor the water or milk for afternoon tea: cut their favorite fruits into small pieces (strawberries, currants, blackberries, raspberries, kiwis, watermelon, lemons), place them in the ice cube trays, fill them with water or fruit juice, and freeze them for 2 to 3 hours. You can also make very tasty ice cubes with chocolate or ice cream.
Fruit pastes without sugar
In a saucepan, crush diced fresh fruit (mango, raspberries, kiwi…) with squeezed orange juice. Cook at low boil until you get a paste. Continue cooking by adding a pinch of agar-agar or lemon juice. Leave to cool then cut the dough into squares. Roll them in almond or coconut powder.
Ingredients ? A puree of fresh fruit (or a fresh fruit juice), a pinch of agar-agar (natural gelling agent extracted from seaweed), a little “good” cane sugar or rapadura (optional), and it’s all. Bring everything to a boil in a saucepan, cook for a few moments, pour into oiled imprint molds, shaped like a teddy bear, for example. And set in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
Old-fashioned and organic treats
Don’t want to cut candy entirely? So turn to the candies made “the old way”, making sure that they contain few preservatives and artificial flavors: barley sugars, honey or mint candies, berlingots… Today, we can also find organic and vegan candies. Even though they mostly contain some preservatives, many rely on natural dyes and use gelatin made with apple or apple pectin. the agar-agar.
It’s not just the apples that are rolled in caramel (homemade, of course!), Before being planted on a stick. You can also prepare large strawberries, peeled kiwis, triangles of watermelon cut from a slice in this way… To vary the pleasures, melt chocolate and then dip small fruits stuck on sticks. They are then powdered with grated coconut or crushed hazelnuts before placing them in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
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