Snacks

Cute Yogurt “Tweet”

A snack your kids will go cuckoo for ;)
Banana-and-fruit-leather birds on top of “homemade” strawberry yogurt

The other day, the boys asked me for a dessert after lunch. I’m all for treats, but I didn’t want to jeopardize naptime by giving them something with sugar in it. So, I jazzed up my old standby of “homemade” (or at least, home-mixed) strawberry yogurt with some banana-and-fruit-leather bird cutouts. I have nothing against flavored yogurts; it’s just that plain yogurt is so versatile and can easily be made into flavored yogurt by swirling in jam or pureed fruit (plus, if you mix your own, it’s probably lower in sugar). You only need a few things to make this snack:

 
  • Plain lowfat yogurt (whole milk yogurt if making for babies under two); Greek yogurt also works well
  • Strawberry (or any other fruit flavor) jam or preserves
  • Quarter of a banana*
  • A little bit of fruit leather (I used a random Fruit by the Foot that was laying in the pantry; you can use any fruit roll-up you prefer)
  • These adorable animal-themed cutters (you can also use these on ham, cheese, bread, thinly sliced veggies)
 
1. Fill a small bowl or silicone muffin cup with yogurt.
 
2. Stir a dollop of jam or preserves into the yogurt. Sometimes, if I have an overripe banana, I’ll also mash that and stir it in.
 
3. Thinly slice the banana (you only need two slices for each serving if you’re using a silicone muffin cup). Using the bird cutter from the kit I linked to above, cut a bird from each banana slice. It helps to use a toothpick to gently poke the shape out of the cutter. Using the tiny circle and “claw” cutters from the same kit, cut an eye and a claw for each bird from fruit leather. Place the eye on each bird, then transfer the birds gently to the yogurt in the bowl/muffin cup. Once you’ve got the birds situated, carefully lay the claw down right beneath the bird, on top of the yogurt.

* If you don’t have any takers to eat the rest of the banana, you can cut it into big chunks, throw it in a freezer-safe zip-top bag or container, and freeze it for use in a smoothie.

The boys went crazy over this! Jack immediately gobbled up the birds. Derek was delighted but then refused to eat the birds. I guess he found it disturbing to eat his avian friends. Instead, he gave the birds to Jack before gulping down the yogurt. Go figure!

 
There are so many variations on this. You can play around with the fruit flavoring for the yogurt. I’ve cooked fresh blueberries until they’re broken down and the juices are thick, and swirled that into yogurt with some honey, with great success. If you have an abundance of apples right now, you can also cook those until soft, puree and then stir into yogurt with a generous pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Yum! You can also experiment with the shapes and materials for the cutouts. I’ve cut shapes out of apples and mangoes. If you add food-safe markers to the mix, the possibilities are endless. I’d love to see some of your creations!
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About Saucy Mommy

I'm Beverly, a mom of two who loves to cook and write. Check out my blog at www.saucymommy.com for family-friendly (but tasty) meal ideas and pictures of bento box lunches.

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