Strawberry Banana Ice Pops

Given the recent bout of tropical weather here in Michigan, it seemed appropriate to play around with a few frozen pop recipes. Here are the results of round one. They’re not a hit with the kids, who don’t seem to like anything with frozen strawberries. (What’s up with that? Who doesn’t like strawberry pops?!) [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Chip Banana Snacking Cake

Though too decadent for breakfast, this is nutritious enough to be a guilt-free snack or dessert at other times of the day. This moist cake has enough chips to satisfy a chocolate craving without sugar- and butter-laden frosting. Even so, it reminds us of the name-brand chocolate-frosted banana cakes we used to buy in Cleveland.

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Cranberry Raisin Yogurt Bread

Moister than traditional Irish soda bread yet heavier than a typical scone, this seems a bit like a hybrid of the two. Since it doesn’t include a step for “cutting in” butter, this is actually quicker to assemble than either of the others.

Loosely based upon a recipe for soda bread that calls for 2 [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Zucchini Nut “Muffins”

This recipe works really well for bread, but I like the muffins even better because they are easier to serve and store. The bread tastes wonderful, but it’s so moist that you have to cut large slices to keep it from falling apart. Admittedly, not everyone would consider that a problem.

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Strawberry Banana Muffins

I like to experiment with fruit and yogurt in baked goods. In the right proportions, these ingredients enhance the sweetness, flavor and moisture of muffins and quick breads. In this case, strawberries and bananas proved to be an excellent combination.

In addition to fruit and whole grains, this recipe features a protein boost from almond [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Patriotic Yogurt Pops

These festive frozen treats are adapted from a recent issue of Family Fun magazine. You and your children can make them for the Fourth of July or any other summer day.

This recipe is short and sweet, requiring only one main ingredient: yogurt. High in protein and calcium, yogurt is often touted for a variety [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Summer’s Best Blueberry Muffins

Light, nutritious and loaded with summer’s bounty: what a delicious way to start the day! The first time I made these, my 5-year old devoured two of them faster than his father did.

Almond meal provides extra flavor and protein, but if you don’t have any, just use more of the multigrain mix instead.

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Hint o' Vanilla Homemade Yogurt

Making yogurt isn’t for the faint of heart. It seems there’s a bit of an art to this enterprise, and what works for some people has rarely worked for me. This adaptation is the first that consistently yields a creamy, mildly tangy and subtly sweet yogurt. Success at last! (I’ve been trying on and off [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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