4 Funky Monkey Easy Peasy Playdate Snacks

homemade ice lollies

♥ Lemon and Cumin Cucumber Sticks
♥ Apple and Peanut Butter Slices
♥ Cheese and Herb Scones
♥ Fruit Yoghurt Ice Lollies

homemade ice lollies

The summer is coming.  School’s soon to be out so it’s time to organise holidays, day trips and playdates.  That means lots of food planning and if your children are anything like my toddler, they love to snack!  I know what my boy likes to eat (most of the time) but when it comes to having his friends round it’s nice to have variety and something a bit more special.

Whenever I have gone to a friend’s house, I have been lucky enough to be spoilt.  A lot of good friends offer spreads of cheese every time I visit.  This rings truer when I go back to England.  Do I make it that obvious that I love cheese?!

Here in Dubai, I recently went to a friend’s for tea and she made tasty savoury muffins (soon to be posted on here with her permission).  Another prepared delicious quinoa and mini roasted red pepper omelettes served with marinated olives.  Absolutely delicious.

How sweet they all are to offer such goodies.  Knowing that many are busy mums themselves, hosting and cooking up lovely treats becomes even more appreciated.  They surely feed me well!

So it’s the same for children too?  The playdates my boy has gone along to have been piled with scrumptious delights which have been all the more fun when sharing in the company of his mates.  Fruity yoghurt pots, vegetable sticks with dips, mini pizzas and breadsticks are all favourites.

When rustling up the munchies, I thought I would share a few ideas my boy likes to eat and share packed with some interesting flavours.  As well as being a doddle to prepare, they are all actually quite healthy, steering clear of processed and packaged junk.

If you don’t have children these snacks are still worth trying out.  They are fun, effortless and can rewardingly satisfy cravings.  What more could you want in a snack?


1.  Lemon and Cumin Cucumber Sticks

This cucumber is how my mum used to prepare it for me when I was little playing outside in the garden.  Zingy, refreshing and tasty.  My son now loves these especially cold from the fridge on hot Dubai days.

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The cumin gives a warm earthy flavour which makes them moreish, although it is wise to check as it’s not to every child’s taste.  The lemon adds sour freshness with a vitamin C boost.  There’s also crunch from the salt but of course this is optional when giving to children and the lemon actually is seasoning enough.

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  1. Wash and dry the cucumber. Cut into small sticks and lay on a plate.
  2. Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon.
  3. Sprinkle the cumin and the salt (optional) then serve.
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2.  Apple and Peanut Butter Slices

I am a self confessed peanut butter addict and this treat is one I often make for myself in the afternoons when I’m longing for chocolate.  Peanut butter on everything please.  Crunchy apple is perfect for this.  The sprinkle of cinnamon adds even more flavour.  These slices are simply irresistible.

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  1. Wash and dry the apples. Skin them if you need to (my son prefers them without skin). Core and slice the apples into wedges.
  2. Stir the peanut butter a little in the jar with a knife to make it easier to spread. Spread a tiny dollop of the peanut butter onto the apple.
  3. Lay the apple slices onto a plate. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and serve.
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3.  Cheese and Herb Scones

Something savoury and baked.  These can be prepared in advance and served spread with butter or on its own.  They are great to take along to a picnic.

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I’ve combined wholemeal flour for it’s nutty flavour and extra fibre but using all plain works too.  These are actually a favourite of my husband’s.  Comforting and flavoursome especially when eaten warm.  Once baked they usually disappear very fast in our house!

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  1. Preheat the oven at 190 degrees Celsius with a baking tray inside lined with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Sift both flours, baking powder, salt and pepper into a mixing bowl and stir through.
  3. Cut the butter, which should be cold from the fridge, into small pieces and place in the bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until you get a breadcrumb texture.
  4. Sprinkle in the grated cheese and herbs then rub again until the breadcrumbs are evenly mixed through.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the bowl and pour in only some of the milk.
  6. Using your fingers or a fork, whisk the mixture around lightly. Slowly add more milk until you get a soft, but firm dough which brings all the crumbs together. Be careful not to over kneed or mix.
  7. Lightly flour a surface and place the dough onto it. Pat the dough flat using the palms of your hands or a rolling pin on the floured surface until around 2cm thick.
  8. Using a medium size cutter, cut out the scones.
  9. Remove the baking tray from the oven and straight away place the dough scones onto the hot tray. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle a little cheese on the top of each one.
  10. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until browned and cooked through. Eat them warm or later with butter.
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4.  Fruit Yoghurt Ice Lollies

These lollies are simple to make and customise.  Use favourite fruits and layer up with yoghurt for a creamy, tangy, fun and fruity treat!

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Kiwi, mango, orange and raspberries are all good suggestions.  By blending the fruit separately, you could even create a rainbow of layers showing off their natural bright colours.

Some sugar content is required when freezing dairy to avoid crystallisation* so I have chosen agave syrup with some jam.

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In this recipe I used strawberry, blueberries and melon because that’s what I had.  And that’s the great thing about this treat you really can create any flavours you desire.  Perfect for that hot summer’s day.

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You will need a lolly mould or plastic cups/small yoghurt pots with wooden sticks may work too. I used a small 6 in 1 mould. Each lolly with a volume of 55ml.
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  1. Take a handful of the fruit and chop into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Chop the rest of the fruit roughly and place in a small blender or a small jug if using a stick blender. Blend the fruit until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the yoghurt, agave syrup, vanilla and jam.
  4. In each lolly mould, place a few small pieces of fruit. Add 2 teaspoons of the blended fruit puree then add 2 teaspoons of the yoghurt mix. Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the mould. Tap the mould on the table to release any air pockets.
  5. Dip the sticks in and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Overnight is better.
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  6. Remove the lollies from the moulds. Rinsing the outside of the mould with running warm water may help with releasing. Enjoy!
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I hope you find these ideas useful.  They are all easy to make.  Have fun eating with the children and of course sharing with their playdates this summer.  I will be back to write up some more ideas so watch this space…

*Source: Ice cream science

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9 thoughts on “4 Funky Monkey Easy Peasy Playdate Snacks”

    1. Yes thanks! Please try the lollies with different fruits. They are still great without yoghurt and doubling up on fruit for a dairy free alternative.

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