Kid's Recipe: Fruit Skewers

I've never been a big fruit fan, even as a child. I'll never know why. Fruit is just one of those things that I have to force myself to fit into my diet. Veggies? No issues. In fact, even as a kid, I loved big salads. Loved 'em. My favorite place to eat was Bonanza (do you remember those?!) because I could pick all of the toppings that I wanted off the salad bar, eat my veggies, then go back for more. Yes: I. Was. Strange.

In any case, getting to the point of this post, I wanted to share how my mother got me to eat fruit (after much trial-and-error, begging, pleading, and prying-open-of-my-mouth-to-force-feed-me-grapes). My mom just decided to get creative and make my fruit into a fun dessert that I could help create.

Here's what she did: Mom made fruit skewers. And I'm not just talking fruit on a stick. She also dipped it in chocolate, drizzled with peanut butter chocolate or white chocolate, added a side of yogurt, or grilled it with honey. Yum! Finally, fruit was somewhat acceptable to my refined veggie palate!

If you have the same issues force-feeding your kids fruit, here are a few of my favorite fruit skewer dessert recipes:

Dipped Fruit

One of the first tricks up Mom's sleeve was chocolate-dipped fruit. She figured that if she disguised the entire fruit skewer in chocolate, I may partake in the dreaded health food – and she was right! The recipe is really simple, and it can be used with any fruit. Here, I'll give the example of one of my favorites: Chocolate Covered Bananas:

Semi-sweet baker's chocolate
Bananas

Melt the baker's chocolate in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds. Cut bananas in half and thread onto a popsicle stick or skewer. Dip the banana halves in melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper. Freeze until chocolate is solid (at least a few hours or overnight).

Drizzled Fruit Skewers

As she worked her way up toward making my fruit consumption a little healthier (and a little less dependent on chocolate), my mother decided to skewer a variety of fruits and drizzle them with chocolate, PB chocolate or white chocolate. Each is really simple, but the PB chocolate has more ingredients. So, I'll lay out her recipe for PB Chocolate Fruit Skewers:

Variety of fruits
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips

Have kids create fruit skewers by picking the fruits they enjoy and skewering them. Mix peanut butter and chocolate chips together and microwave for a few minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. Lay skewers out on a plate and drizzle the PB chocolate mixture over each. Refrigerate for half an hour or until chocolate has become firm.

Skewer Variations

Once I was eating fruit with less chocolate, my mom graduated me to the fun factor of creating my own skewers and dipping them in yogurt. Since it was fun for me, I still ate my fruit – and didn't depend on chocolate!

Another way to make fruit appealing is to grill skewers and drizzle them with honey. Some fruits, like pineapple, apricots, nectarines and peaches taste better on the grill and hold up better than others. To make, simply create a skewer and stick it on a non-stick foil on the grill. Grill for five minutes on each side. Serve with honey.

So that's it! If you have a picky eater, sometimes making fruit more fun can help kids jump right in.

Any other tips for getting kids to eat right?

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Susanna wrote:

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 18:00 Comment #: 1

I MISS Bonanza - that was one of our fave places to eat while they were open - always had a coupon for chopped steak and I loved the chopped steak, baked potato, and LOVED the salad bar - thousand island was my fave dressing and I'd pile that plate with veggies..and the nachos of course! man what memories!

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femmefrugality wrote:

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 22:42 Comment #: 2

These are great! You can also make popsicles by slicing up fruit, putting them into the mold, and then either use water or Capri Sun to make them stick together. I'm more of a veggie person, too.

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Miss T wrote:

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 15:48 Comment #: 3

These sound delicious. I will definitely have to try these recipes out. Thanks.

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Michelle wrote:

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 00:22 Comment #: 4

These are adorbs!!!
Have you seen those cute veggie plates in the shapes of Sesame Street characters and rainbows and such? I love eating healthy, but I have to admit that presentation is everything! It definitely helps make things look more appetizing.

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Christa Palm wrote:

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 21:23 Comment #: 5

Susanna, I really wish Bonanza would make a comeback!

Femme Frugality, what a great idea with the popsicles! I also saw a recipe for yogurt fruit pops that could be a healthy alternative to the store-bought pops.

Miss T, thanks!

Michelle, definitely! Presentation makes food much more appealing. I'll have to check out the veggie plates of Sesame Street and see if I can make them for my daughter in a few years!

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