I don't know about you, but my kids are always starving when they get home from school. One of my first choices for snacks are fruit! But sometimes my kids get tired of the same old boring after school snacks and they want something different! So I got my creative juices flowing and we created a #smartsnack that incorporates a great after school snack with a fun activity we can all do together; a low sugar fruit turnover recipe using Del Monte fruit cups!
Del Monte Fruit cups offer healthy back to school snack options.
What I love about the Del Monte fruit cups is that they are already perfectly portioned out for each person. The fruit is already prepared so all I need to do as a mom is open the cup and hand the kid a spoon or fork. It's simple yet I know my kids are eating a delicious snack that also is good for them.
The Del Monte Fruit cups are found on the shelves in Walmart near the canned fruits and applesauce. I was surprised to discover they have a few new flavors since the last time I stocked up on some of these! My favorite was definitely the diced peaches with cinnamon and brown sugar. It tasted almost as though I was eating a peach pie filling…almost.
Jade and I took a short trip to Walmart to pick up a few groceries for the house, but mostly to get some of these delicious single serving fruit cups. The boys just started school and we needed more options for after school snacks. But more than that, I wanted a fun activity to do with the boys when they got home.
After our short shopping trip, we barely made it home before the school bus so we were ready to get started as soon as the kids walked through the door. You can see more about our shopping trip from our google+ album, as we documented the entire trip for you!
Del Monte Fruit Cups turnover recipe tutorial, after school activity with kids.
You will want to gather all your ingredients together right away to allow for a quicker prep time. Also if you are using a store purchased crust like me, it will need some time to warm up so that it is pliable.
Once you are ready to begin, start by rolling out the pie crust and cutting it into individual turnover sections. I cut mine into four sections.
Next you will need to select the flavor of turnover you would like. Select the Del Monte fruit cup and drain it of about 3/4 of the juice, then place the fruit onto the turnover center. T.'s fruit of choice was the diced peaches with cinnamon and brown sugar.
J.'s fruit cup of choice was the Diced Pears.
Note: Due to making four turnovers from this one pie crust, each turnover only needed about half of the fruit cup.
Then you need to fold the pie crust over and pinch the sides together sealing in the fruit filling.
Once each turnover is sealed and placed on baking sheet, you will want to lightly brush each one with milk. We use Lactaid milk because my kids have issues with regular milk. But regular milk, Almond milk, coconut Milk, and other milk substitutes work just as well.
Now it's time for one of my boy's favorite steps! You sprinkle each turn over with Cinnamon and Sugar. You don't want to go over board, as the entire point is to have a lower sugar treat.
Don't like Cinnamon? No problem. You don't have to use cinnamon! In fact J. didn't want cinnamon on his diced pears turnover, so he only sprinkled sugar on his.
Make sure to allow your kids to help! That is the best part about this fruit cup turnover recipe! The kids have fun making their after school snack, and also eating it! Besides they take such great pride in their work and experience such a sense of accomplishment!
Now it is time to place them into the oven! You will want to have a preheated oven to 350 degrees. Bake the fruit cup turnovers for 25 minutes or until golden.
Once the fruit cup turnovers are finished you want to allow them to cool before eating as the center will be extremely hot. But just look how delicious they look!
Del Monte Fruit cups, Diced Pears Turnover Recipe
Del Monte Fruit Cups Diced Peaches Turnover Recipe
So you may be asking, do kids actually like these low sugar turnovers? Well, my kids did! They ate them all gone and are excited for making more this upcoming week.
I was actually a little worried about J.'s Diced Pears Turnover, as I have never cooked a dessert with pears before. But actually it was rather pleasant and other than the tiny bit he allowed me to have just to taste it, he ate both of his turnovers rather quickly.
These little Del Monte fruit cups turnover recipe is great for T. He loves treats, but usually he can't handle very much sugar before he is done with it, or gets sick. But this treat was not as sweet and he was able to eat more and enjoy it longer. His Diced Peaches turnover was definitely my favorite! He allowed me a taste.
T. also allowed Jade a small piece of one of his Diced Peaches Turnover. She was in heaven!
Our afternoon was filled with fun, laughter, and sounds of delight as the kids ate their Del Monte Fruit Cups turnover creations. Having fun activities like this with great food definitely makes going back to school a lot easier for the kids to manage!
Will I use Del Monte Fruit cups again?
You bet! My kids loved making these treats, but they also love eating the fruit cups just as they are! In fact I'm already almost out of the diced pears because J. just won't leave them alone!
I'm also considering using these fruit cups in our next batch of fruit leather. They would give a great flavor! You could use only the fruit cups or you can puree them and add them to other fruits for a mixed fruit flavor! You'd just simply puree the fruit and dry in a dehydrator!
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