Frozen Yogurt Bites

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by jaynie patricia fawley

With the excitement and freedom of summer break comes a few other less-fun things, like long days, sticky heat, and the dreaded b-word... boredom. A creative nanny scrambles to keep her charges cool and entertained during the long summer mornings and afternoons. Frozen yogurt bites (or “frozen yogis,” as my 22-month-old charge calls them) are our go to summer snack, and I always try to keep a bag in the freezer at all times. They are a fun and easy snack to make for your kiddos, and you can enlist the help of your older charges in the preparation!

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Freeze Time: At least 1 hour Yield: About 60 nickle-sized drops per 4oz yogurt  

What You Need

Cookie sheet Wax paper Zip-lock bags, sandwich size will work best Scissors Yogurt of choice

Directions 

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  1. Line the cookie sheet with wax paper
  2. Scoop yogurt into a Zip-lock bag.  It works best to fold the bag down over itself and spread the bottom out to make it stand upright . . . you can scoop in the yogurt without having to touch the bag!
  3. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as you can, and cut a hole in one corner with scissors. If your yogurt has fruit pieces, you’ll want to cut the hole a little larger to accommodate.
  4. Squeeze dime or nickel-sized drops of yogurt onto the wax paper.
  5. When your cookie sheet is filled, pop it in the freezer for at least one hour!
  6. When your yogurt drops are good and frozen, peel them off the wax paper and put them in a Zip-lock bag. For this step, a pancake flipper works best.
  7. Seal the bag and pop back into the freezer, or divvy them up between your charges and enjoy right away!  

Get creative!

Try these other foods in frozen drop form:

  • Applesauce
  • Pudding
  • Smoothies (add rice cereal to thicken if need be)
  • Pureed fruits and veggie mixes (steam veggies first to soften)
  • Ask your charges for their ideas!