4th of July Eats You Can Make at Home
It’s 4th of July! Here at Tesa Babe, we love this holiday. We love the picnics, the food, the time spent with family, and the fireworks of course. Every 4th of July, we usually head down to the beach to watch the fireworks display show that never fails to disappoint! We always get to the beach early to stake out a spot; it becomes so crowded that you’d be lucky to find even a square foot to camp out on! But this year, spending time on a crowded beach is not really an option, no matter how good the fireworks show is. Instead, like many American families this 4th of July, we have opted to have our very own celebration from the comfort (and safety) of our backyards. We know that many other families are doing the same, so we wanted to curate some tasty and simple 4th of July treats that you can make right at home with the little ones!
Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
We loved this first one because it’s a healthy alternative to typical store-bought sugary popsicles. It uses real fruit instead of flavorings, and maple syrup instead of processed sugars – and your kids won’t even know the difference. The author of this recipe says she used a cluster star mold to render these treats even more festive!
Prep time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 popsicles
1 cup strawberries , chopped
1 Medjool date , pitted (or 1 tablespoon maple syrup)
2 tablespoons water
1 cup culinary coconut milk (not the refrigerated kind)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- Combine the fresh strawberries, date (or maple syrup), and water in high-speed blender, and blend until very smooth. Pour the mixture into the 6 ice pop molds, using about 1 1/2 tablespoons per mold. Place the mold in the freezer to set for at least 40 minutes.
- While the red layer is freezing, combine the coconut milk and maple syrup in a clean blender canister and blend until smooth. Once the red layer is set, add a heaping tablespoon of the white mixture to each mold, making the white middle layer. Return the molds to the freezer.
- To the remaining white mixture, add in the spirulina and frozen blueberries, and blend again until smooth. Remove the molds from the freezer and add the blue layer on top, as the last popsicle layer. Insert a popsicle stick into each mold, and freeze until firm, about 4 to 5 hours.
- To remove the popsicles from their mold, run them under hot water for about 10 seconds. This should help the ice pops easily release from the plastic mold. Serve frozen, and keep any remaining popsicles stored in the freezer for up to a month.
4th of July Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas
Photo by Ryan Dausch
Personally, one of my go-to treats is chocolate-covered frozen bananas. They’re easy to make and they’re better for you than a candy bar! This is a similar idea, but with candy melts instead of chocolate to get that red, white, and blue coloring.
Total time: 1 hr 15 min
Cut peeled bananas in half, insert a lollipop stick into each and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Then dip in melted red, white or blue candy melts; drizzle with more candy melts and decorate with sprinkles. Freeze until ready to serve.
Photo by Alice Gao @2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved
Not only is this treat tasty and easy to make, it’s also super refreshing for those hot July days!
Prep time: 3 hr
Total time: 3 hours
Yield: 2 cups
4 cups seedless watermelon chunks
1/2 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Pour into a shallow, wide pan and freeze for 1 hour. Rake mixture with fork and freeze for another hour. Rake and freeze for one more hour. Rake and serve in cups.
4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
Photo by eatingonadime.com
What’s more American than a rice krispie treat? It’s a favorite of children from sea to shining sea, and for Independence Day, you can give them a 4th of July dressing up!
Ingredients9 tablespoons butter
15 cups mini marshmallows (about 2 1/2 bags)
12 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- We'll make the rice krispie treats in 3 different batches.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter on low heat in a large saucepan. Add 5 cups of mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the melted marshmallow mix. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat and add 4 cups of rice krispies cereal. Mix until completely coated. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
- Wash out your saucepan and repeat the above steps, leaving out the food coloring. Spread into pan on top of blue layer.
- Wash your saucepan again and repeat the steps, adding red food coloring to the marshmallow mix. remember to add the food coloring BEFORE the rice krispies cereal. Spread red rice krispie mixture on top of "plain" layer.
- Cut and serve. These are best eaten the same day you make them.
Photo by Naomi Robinson
Who doesn’t love a milkshake? No one, that’s who. Give an old favorite a patriotic makeover with some red and blue food coloring!
Total time: 10 MINS
1 half g. vanilla ice cream
3 drops red food coloring
3 drops blue food coloring
- Soften ice cream to a soft serve/yogurt texture. Evenly divide ice cream into three bowls.
- Place red food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in the other, using a whisk beat each bowl until color is well blended.
- Layer bottom of glass with red ice cream, then plain vanilla and blue ice cream, using long spoon or knife drag it from the bottom to the top, stirring in between to mix the color (do not overmix).
- Optional decorating idea: Finish with whipped cream and red, white and blue confetti