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Summer snacks to keep you cool

Summer snacks to keep you cool

Fruit kebabs
Fruit kebabs. Image source:

by Loren Howarth

It’s finally the best time of year to enjoy tropical and refreshing treats. These recipes require little preparation, a few cheap ingredients and are sure to prove to your parents that you actually can cook for yourself.

Banana ice cream 

Source: Natures Path.
Source: Natures Path

Serves 2


2 large ripe bananas


  1. Peel the bananas and chop into coin sized pieces.
  2. Place the cut bananas into an air tight container or sandwich bag. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Pulse the frozen bananas in a food processor or powerful blender, until a smooth consistency is formed, scraping the sides when needed.

If you want a more solid consistency, freeze for an hour. Add your favourite toppings – nuts, sprinkles and melted dark chocolate work well.


Magical mango smoothie 

Source: Maya Kitchenette
Source: Maya Kitchenette

Serves 2


1 cup orange juice
½ cup water
2 cups frozen cubed mango
1 tbsp maple syrup

Optional: 1/2 frozen banana or 1/2 avocado to make the smoothie extra creamy and add more flavour.


  1. Place all ingredients into a powerful blender.
  2. Blend on high for 20-60 seconds, or until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  3. Serve in a glass with a straw.


Tasty fruit kebabs 


Makes 8


2 large bananas, chopped
10 strawberries, hulled
¼ rockmelon, peeled and cut
¼ watermelon, peeled and cut
2 medium kiwi fruits


  1. Thread banana, strawberries, rockmelon, watermelon, and kiwi fruit onto skewers.
  2. Repeat and serve.

Optional: dip the fruit kebabs into melted dark chocolate and place onto a tray lined with baking paper and place in fridge.


Avocado and chocolate mousse 


Serves 6


2 large avocados
¼ cup cocoa or cacao
2 tsps. vanilla essence
3 tbps. maple syrup
150g dark chocolate
1/3 cup coconut cream


  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones.
  2. Add all ingredients besides the dark chocolate to food processor.
  3. Pulse the ingredients for 10-20 seconds or until combined. Scrape down the sides of the food processor to remove chunks and pulse for a further 10 seconds.
  4. Add melted chocolate to mixture and pulse for another 20 seconds. Mixture should be smooth and creamy.
  5. Spoon the mixture into serving bowls and serve with fresh fruit.

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