There are so many cool snacks you can prepare at home during summer, whether you are looking for a good smoothie, a nutritious and light breakfast or just some snacks! We searched the almighty web looking for the coolest ways to beat this summer and found 12 recipes and tutorials we’re thinking of trying at the office tomorrow! Stay tuned and check out all these cool summer snacks!
1. Avocado Milkshake
Oh, what a great way to stay cool during a long hot summer day! Plus, you only need a few ingredients: use ½ avocado fruit for every cup you’re making, you can add cow milk, soy milk, some vanilla extract, a teaspoon of honey and ice. Then blend everything together and your refreshing drink is ready! You can use melon, mango, peach, pear or banana instead of avocado, in which case you should probably avoid adding honey or sugar (the fruits are sweet enough to make a delicious smoothie taste heavenly!).
2. Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Although Diane thinks this smoothie is perfect for anyone, don’t trust her on that: if you are trying to lose weight, don’t add bananas and honey. However, this smoothie is great for kids, so you can make it in the morning, pour it in a plastic bottle and they are ready to take it to school! In fact, anyone can make this great drink: all you need is ice, strawberries, banana, blueberries, oats, vanilla flavored almond milk and honey. As long as you have a good blender, feel free to experiment with smoothies. Just use the base (ice, milk and honey) and add your favorite fruit.
3. Some Great Frappuccinos from the Starbucks Secret Menu
You may want to give this a go if there’s a special event coming up or you’re planning on having friends over in the near future. They will truly be impressed because not everybody can get their hands on a secret Starbucks menu (I just found out they have a secret menu and would truly love to hack into their secret recipes!). Plus, you really don’t need that many ingredients! Watch the tutorial and let us know what you think!
4. The Shamrock Shake
Who says the Shamrock shake is only for Saint Patrick’s Day? If you look at it, it will remind you a lot of the retro ice creams, right? Here’s how to make it: blend some vanilla ice cream, half and half, peppermint extract and food coloring, pour the resulting mixture in a glass, add some whipped cream and a red cherry and you are all done! McDonald’s has been selling this product for years, the difference is that theirs is full of chemicals. If you really don’t want to use the food coloring, just add some fresh peppermint leaves to your mixture.
5. Candy Buttons
This recipe is going to be a huge hit among the little ones (if you’re young at heart, you’ll love it too!). And to think that you’ll only need 4 ingredients: egg white, powdered sugar, water, and almond extract. You can add food coloring if you want to, but that’s all up to you. You can separate the mixture into three or four batches, use different colorings for each one of them and then create interesting shapes and patterns. Use some white paper strips and create little buttons on it. For a more detailed explanation, check out Brandi’s tutorial:
6. Edible Flowers Lollipops
Since we are still indulging our sweet tooth, how about some lollipops? You’ll need some granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, flavoring, oil coloring and edible flowers. Put the first three ingredients in a pot and place the pot on the stove (medium heat). Don’t stir, even if you feel like you should.
When the sugar is melted and the composition looks like a thick syrup, turn off the heat, add the food coloring and start pouring it in lollipops molds. Add the sticks and the edible flowers, wait for a couple of minutes and then you should be able to pop then out. And voila, edible wonders!
7. Milk and Cookie Shots
You are so going to love this tutorial! From the chef behind the famous cronut, here comes the milk and cookie shots! Basically, here’s what you have to do: make your usual chocolate chip cookie dough, take a few cupcake mold and shape the dough in the shape of a shot glass. Then put your tiny cookie shots in the fridge for 20 minutes to sit.
Afterwards, bake them in the over for a few minutes, tint the interior with some liquid chocolate and send this batch to cool off in the fridge for another 20 minutes. Finally, now you get to pour the milk and enjoy your cute cookie shots! Remember: take a tiny sip first and then a bite!
8. Triple Berry Granola Bar
What a great way to snack every now and then, especially on a hot summer day. Imagine that you are out and about, you get hungry but don’t really feel like stopping for a big meal. Well, this is your go-to solution: mix 1/3 cup of freeze-dried berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) with 1 cup of rolled oats, 1/8 tablespoon of salt, 1/3 cup of nut butter and ¼ cup of agave or honey.
First of all, try mincing the strawberries into small cubes (use the blender for a few seconds). Then take a bowl, mix all the ingredients using a spoon, place the composition in a pan, let it rest in the fridge for a few minutes and then cut it into strips. Enjoy!
9. Watermelon Shark Fruit Salad
Know what else is great about summer? The fact that watermelons are everywhere. For all the carving fanatics out there, this video is going to be a piece of cake: great idea for both kids and adults parties, it is super easy to make and so cool to look at it. Once you carve the shark like Brandi tells you to, you can fill it up with your favorite fruits: chunks of apple, pear, some blueberries, cherries, strawberries, pineapple etc. Just how cool is this?
10. Pop Rocks Firecracker Cakes
These cakes are made to celebrate the Independence Day, so bookmark it! Here what to do: make some cake batter (your usual one), but divide it in three batches: pour some red coloring in one, some blue coloring in another one and the third one should be white, so no coloring. When the cakes are baked, cut round or star-shaped pieces using a biscuit cutter or a cookie cutter.
Use some corn syrup to moist the side of your cakes, then add some white sanding sugar, make a whole in the middle of your cake and then stack them up, first blue, then white and then red. Don’t forget to fill them up on the inside with some pop rocks, then add some black licorice strings and you are done!
11. Breakfast Nachos
If you like Mexican food and never skipped a breakfast in your whole life, this recipe is for you! You need some chorizo, omelet, jalapenos, parsley or any other kind of spice you like and patience. Oh, and doesn’t it look delicious? It only takes a few minutes, tastes heavenly and it’s good for so many occasions, not just breakfast: movie night, having some friends over etc. Check out the tutorial right here:
12. Fresh Fruit Popsicles
And this is our final tutorial, focusing on popsicles. You will not believe how easy it is to make: you only need some juice/lemonade, fresh fruits, popsicle sticks, and molds. Yes, it’s THAT easy: pour the juice in the molds, add some fruits and a stick, place everything in the fridge for a while and your popsicles are done!
Which one was your favorite? What do you like to eat/drink on a hot summer day?