A summer refreshing kid friendly treat that will please both little and big ones 🙂
The fruit cups are such a fun idea for a party!! I love preparing the sweet bread cups the day before and simply displaying a fruit and toppings bar so that guest can fill their fruit cups as they like. You can use as many different kind of fruit as you like. I suggest different and bright colors to make it more appealing. Any seasonal organic fruit is perfect. Simply cut it in tiny bite size pieces. If you are celebrating 4th of July, strawberries and blueberries are the most patriotic fruits 🙂
For the topping I used plain greek yogurt and local honey but you can switch to other kind of yogurt or melted chocolate or even ice-cream!! Same suggestion for the toppings: you can add crushed nuts, seeds. Follow your kids’ taste!
The bread cup is made with whole wheat bread rolled flat and brushed with a maple syrup and coconut oil mix. You can use any kind of sliced bread you like.
As you can see, this is a very versatile sweet treat that can satisfy any palate.
The procedure is very simple. Let’s start from the cups. Preheat the oven to 400F/180C. Flatten some 12 toast bread slices with a rolling pin. I used multigrain whole wheat bread.
Cut out the edges…that you can enjoy at breakfast with some fruit jam (that’s what I did).
In a bowl combine the maple syrup with the melted coconut oil. Brush the each slide with the mix on both sides and set them apart.
Take a muffin tin. Fill each hole with one slice of bread. Pinch the sides together to create a cup and press with your fingers to shape it. You can use the maple syrup/coconut mix as a glue.
Bake the cups in the preheated oven for 10 min. Let them cool down completely.
Meanwhile prepare the fruit: wash, peel, cut in tiny pieces.
Fill the cups with a mix of fruit and top with a teaspoon of plain greek yogurt, a drizzle of local honey and a mint leaf.
Optional…you can mix all the fruit in a bowl and dress with a drizzle of honey and the juice of an orange. Than add the fruit salad in the cups. The final result will be a bit more soft and wet as the fruit juice will soak the base of the cups.
As my kids liked to pick out the fruit pieces with their hands one by one, I opted for the first suggested recipe idea, less messy.
To plan ahead prepare the cups the day before the party, chop the fruit the day before too and store in air tight containers in the refrigerator (the cups stay on the countertop, they don’t need to be refrigerated). The day of the party assemble everything one hour before the guest will arrive…or simply set up a fruit bar and let the guest assemble 🙂
For more kids party ideas, check out these links:
- Baked Chicken Vegetable Samosa
- Broccoli Muffins with Brown Rice
- Zucchini Carrot Avocado Muffins
- Zucchini brownies
- Quinoa banana almond muffins
- Chickpea crackers
- Tapioca Cheesy Buns
- Banana Bread Bites
- Strawberry Yogurt pops
- Watermelon Cupcakes
- Yogurt Hummus
- Homemade Focaccia
- Strawberry Banana Bites
- Banana Rollups
- Watermelon Cake
- Pastry Wheels
- Stuffed Rice Tomatoes
- Taco Cups
- Zucchini Frittata
- 12 slices multigrain whole grain sandwich bread
- 1 mango, cut in small cubes
- 3 tangerines, peeled and with the white lining removed. Every slice cut in half if serving to toddlers.
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries. Cut in half if serving to toddlers.
- 2 medium kiwi. Ripen, check the flavor, you do not want the kiwi to be too acidic. Cut in small cubes
- 6 Tbsp greek plain yogurt
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp local honey to drizzle on top (maple syrup for babies under 12 months)
Preheat the oven to 400F/180C.
In a small cup combine the coconut oil with the maple syrup.
With a rolling pin flatten each slice of bread. Slice out the edges.
Brush the slices of bread back and front with the maple syrup/coconut oil combo.
Fill each hole of a muffin tin with one slice of bread.
Using your fingers press the sides well to create a cup.
Bake in preheated oven to 400F for 10 min.
Prepare the fruit of your choice. I chose mango, tangerines, raspberries,blueberries, kiwi. Pick up different bright colors for a prettier result.
Chop the fruit in kids bite size pieces (cut the grapes in half and even the blueberries if you are serving the cups to a toddler).
When the cups are ready and cooled down fill them with the fruit.
Top each cup with one teaspoon of yogurt, a drizzle of honey and a mint leaf.
For a more fun party you can place the cups on a tray and create a fruit bar with cups filled with different fruit, the yogurt and the honey. The kids can take their own cup and fill it as they like!!