Summer = Fruit.
Once summer rolls around I'm always trying to figure out ways to ingest some of natures nutrients and serving fruit is the easy way. Fruit served plain is good, but served in a juice cocktail mix, that's another step up.
One reason I love these fruit cups is you don't have to worry about the fruit spoiling. Preparing the cups ahead of time and putting them in the freezer makes easy snacks to grab, for kids or adults. And in my case, these fruit cups became our nightly dessert. The satisfaction I get while eating this for dessert, knowing it's solving my sweet craving without the guilt, is a clear win!
It doesn't take long to assemble the cups, then whenever you'll want them, plan on letting them thaw for at least an hour. It's not ice cream or chocolate, but these fruit cups hit the spot, and will earn a spot in your freezer too!
Frozen Fruit Cups
By: Pioneer Woman
Prep Time: 10 min
*Note: I halved this recipe, but kept the same amount of juice and lemon juice, with a result of 9 cups. Thought they tasted great!
4 cups frozen peaches, thawed & chopped
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cans crushed pineapple, drained
1 can fruit cocktail, drained
6 medium firm bananas, chopped
1 small can frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup lemon juice
1) Combine the peaches, oranges, pineapple, fruit cocktail, bananas, juice concentrate and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix it all until well combined.
2) Place in small disposable plastic cups and cover with plastic wrap.
3) Freeze until firm.
4) Remove the cup from freezer 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving to thaw.
I found this recipe on the Foodnetwork.com under Pioneer Woman. She made these fruit cups for a sleepover, and they served as perfect snacks for the kids. Check out her episode "Kidswap Sleepover" to see her make them. We eat right out of the cups, but you could also put it into a bowl once the fruit cup thaws if you'd like.