Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.-Shirley MacLaine
Summer has been my favorite season since I realised that I’d have 8+ weeks off of school.
Even as an adult, I’m the one counting down the days until school gets out… not the children.
I can hardly wait for the camp outs, smores, family bicycle rides, lazy beach days, mid week trips to museums, family movie marathons, hikes, swimming…
I LOVE summer!
‘Tis the season to eat fruit!
We eat A LOT of fruit in the summer.
I find that buying in bulk or watching sales closely allow us to have plentiful fresh produce on our table year round.
Most fruits are delicious and sweet on their own. A big bowl of grapes, peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, berries or melon doesn’t sit for very long before it’s devoured.
As the summer goes on, the fruit starts moving a little slower, slower and soon I’m begging people to take a bite.
For Heavens Sakes, It’s good for you!
Soon the fruit flies gather and my sad bowl of fruit needs be escorted to compost elsewhere.
What is wrong with you people?!
Turns out, they get board of the same old thing, even if it is a tasty healthy treat.
Brain storming what I could do to mix it up. Milk shakes, salads, add it to yogurts, ice creams, muffins… Yum!
All great ideas but I wanted to find something different than the norm. Something exciting, something refreshing and most important something that would pass the kid test with flying colors. I was putting in a tall order but in the middle of the night it came to me…
CHILLED FRUIT SOUP!
I have become OBSESSED with Fruit Soups!
I announced my intention to serve chilled fruit soup with dinner one afternoon and My Handsome Prince looked at me like I had lost my freakin’ mind.
I first tasted these chilled sweet soups on a Cruise to Mexico and LOVED it!
It’s an excellent way to consume whole fruits in such a delicious dish.
We are able to make use of ALL the fruits we find during the summer without any going to waste this way.
Sometimes my kids call it a milkshake in a bowl.
I freeze my leftovers in a Popsicle tray and it makes AMAZING whole fruit Popsicles!
There is a soup for nearly every fruit… Here’s some of our super easy healthy favorite recipes to make your own incredible Chilled Fruit Soup!
24 oz. of Plain yogurt or Greek Yogurt (that’s 3 yogurt cups in case your using single serve)
2 1/2 Tbsp. Honey
3 Scoops of Vanilla Bean ice cream.
4 large ripe Bananas
1 C. half and half
juice one fresh lemon (optional)
Place all into blender and mix until smooth.
Place in fridge for a couple of hours until chilled. Serve with slices of fresh banana and fresh homemade Whipped Cream.
(Whole Foods Market Recipe)
This recipe is for someone looking for slightly tart and not as sweet as it is spicy.
3 ripe Mangos peeled and sliced
2 cups pitted cherries
2 tbsp. Lime Juice
1 1/2 C. Pomegranate Juice
1 can Sprite or 7-UP ( optional)
1/2 C. Mint leaves
1 piece of ginger chopped
Put all fruit into a blender with pomegranate Juice. Puree until smooth. Add mint and ginger and puree until smooth.
The recipe calls to strain the mixture through a sieve… I do not. Larger pieces can be picked out but I rather enjoy it a little on the thicker side. It’s your choice. If you would like your mixture thinner, you may add in Sprite in 1/4 C. increments until you reach the desired consistency of your soup.
Cover and chill until your ready to serve.
Serve with Fresh Homemade Whipped Cream.
These left overs make for incredible Popsicles!
3 C. Watermelon cubed and without seeds
1 large or 2 small Limes
4 Mint Leaves
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Ginger chopped (about an inch piece is always a good rule of thumb)
1/4 C. Sparkling Water/ Seltzer/ Sprite (will also do it a pinch… looking for bubbles)
Chop Ginger and place in a pan over medium heat. Squeeze the juice of both of your limes into the pan as well. Include your brown sugar in the pan and slowly saute the 3 ingredients until no more liquid remains in the pan.
In your blender place your remaining ingredients as well as the contents of your pan. Puree until smooth.
Divide your mixture into 2. Place one half in a dish and into your freezer for 3 hours. Place the other half covered in your fridge.
Take the half out of the freezer and gently chip away at it until you have a giant pile of shaved frozen watermelon slush.
Divide your shaved watermelon ice into your desired serving dishes. Pour the other half of your watermelon mixture from your fridge over the top of your shaved ice and serve. I like to add a garnish of fruit like a Kiwi or segments of grapefruit or Mandarin Orange. Mint would work too… I just hate to garnish with something people tend to look at and toss instead of enjoying.
(Please Note that this recipe can be used for most berries- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. To make it easier to follow, I will call our chosen fruit “berries” and allow you to choose which berry you wish to use.)
1 Qt. Berries ( if strawberries, hulled)
1/3 C. Sprite… I favor Canada Dry
1/4 C. Milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Squeeze the juice of half of a fresh lemon
8 oz. of Plain Greek Yogurt
Puree your berries in your blender until smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients EXCEPT yogurt and blend until smooth. Last but not least add your Greek Yogurt and blend until smooth. Cover and place in your fridge 2-3 hours or until chilled.
Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and an accent berry sliced thinly and arranged in a fan along the top.
Also makes excellent Popsicles!
2 Lbs. Fresh Plums, pitted and cut into chunks
3 C. Water
1/2 of a lemon squeezed, add juice
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
2 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 tsp. Cornstarch+ 2 Tbl. water
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
Place Plums, Water, Honey, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice in a pot on the stove over medium heat. Slowly bring the pot to a boil for about 10 minutes or until your plums are tender. Add 2 Tbl. of water to 3 tsp. cornstarch and mix. Add that mixture to your pot stirring the whole time. Bring your mixture back to a boil and cook at a boil for 4 more minutes or until slightly thickened. You may add your almond extract now if you desire to. Chill 2-3 hours and serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a wedge of fresh plum.
I’ve never tried this as a Popsicle… If you do let me know how it turns out please!
8-12 Fresh Apricots, Pitted and quartered
2 (8 Oz.) Greek Yogurts
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon and Ginger
3 Tbsp. Apple Juice
Place fruit in blender and puree until smooth.
Add all additional ingredients and blend until smooth. If it appears to thick you may also add additional Apple Juice until you are pleased with the consistency.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes for a quick serve OR
Place in your fridge covered for 2 hours before serving.
Garnish with a slice of fresh apricot and Fresh Homemade Whipped Cream.
There are SO many wonderful fruits!
This is just another way to eat your fruits and LOVE every minute of it!
We make fruit soups for breakfast, serve as a snack, as an appetizer, with a meal and for dessert.
I’ll often make a pound cake and slice the cake so that each piece is about the size and shape of a steak french fry. Kids and adults alike seem to enjoy dipping sweet cake into these incredible soups!
Don’t be afraid to try something new or stray from the recipe and rock your own new flavor!
I also flash freeze my fruits into individual serving baggies in my freezer.
That way we always have organic fruits on hand year ’round, ready and waiting for me to make a smoothie, muffins or nibble on their own.
You’d be surprised how delicious and refreshing frozen grapes and strawberries can be on a hot summer day.
It doesn’t need to cost a fortune to eat healthier and try new things. By being frugal and taking the time to freeze or can your extras, you can purchase it at it’s rock bottom price and make such little money feed you for months that way.
What summer fruits does your family love?
Do you have any different fruit ideas or recipes that are kid tested and Frugal Parent Approved?
I have many more Fruit Soup Recipes I’ve been working on…
If your favorite fruit didn’t make the list, let me know in the comments and I’ll send a recipe for it your way ASAP!
Stay cool and enjoy the long summer days!
Chillin’ With My Fruity Soups,