When fruit is at its peak of flavour and freshness, they make the most satisfying and yummy desserts for little ones. Here are 10 ideas with seasonal fruit that will give kids a boost of vitamins and nutrients.
1. Late summer can sometimes mean sweltering heat. What better way to cool things down than with refreshing watermelon? It can be cut into easy grab-and-go squares, perfect for busy kids. Moms and dads love this recipe, too, since there’s no baking required.
Get the recipe here: Mascarpone-filled Watermelon
2. A traditional cheesecake is a sure-fire hit any time of the year; but when you can top it off with fresh raspberries, it’s elevated to a work of art. With three cups of berries, this version puts them front and centre.
Get the recipe here: Raspberry Cheesecake
3. In the fall, Canadians are fortunate enough to enjoy an amazing array of homegrown apples. This fragrant dessert showcases Granny Smith apples and balances their sweet tartness with a generous helping of caramel – always a winner with kids!
Get the recipe here: Caramel Apple Pie
4. Sometimes the best way to enjoy seasonal fruit is the simplest. Berries and green grapes, coupled with yogurt, come together in a colourful fruit salad that can be ready and waiting in the fridge. It’s the perfect answer to: “What’s for dessert?”
Get the recipe here: Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Vanilla Yogurt
5. What a fun way to finish off a meal! This cute-as-a-bug, frozen treat by Giada De Laurentiis meets the high standards of young dessert connoisseurs and parents alike. They’re delicious, while providing a nutrition boost from antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries.
Get the recipe here: Lady Bug Pops
6. Fresh peaches and blackberries get the star treatment in this yummy trifle, coupled with spongy lady fingers. Skip the limoncello to make this dessert suitable for all ages.
Get the recipe here: Peach Blackberry Trifles
7. Ina Garten’s gorgeous tart makes use of late summer’s best plums, grown in spots like the Okanagan Valley and the Niagara area. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream to see your kids’ eyes light up instantly.
Get the recipe here: Plum Tart
8. It may be called a crostata, but to kids, it looks like a fruit-covered pizza. They’ll love the mix of fresh blueberries, peaches and plums. It can be made ahead of time, then slipped in the oven just before it’s time to gather at the dinner table.
Get the recipe here: Fruit Crostata
9. End the meal on a high with these delicious ice cream floats, sure to become a family favourite. They combine the tartness of raspberries with ice cream and a splash of soda to add effervescence. Expect a loud slurp as kids drink them to the last drop.
Get the recipe here: Raspberry Ice Cream Floats
10. Late summer means juicy pears are just around the corner with fall’s harvest. This lemony and honey-infused whole pear dessert is garnished with chocolate sauce and yogurt. A fanciful dessert that the whole family will love — and ready in just 10 minutes.
Get the recipe here: Lemony Poached Pears