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Ever since my first paleta post, we’ve been on a paleta fix over here this summer. We’ve been experimenting with DOLE packaged fruit bags and we love them! They never disappoint. Our favorites have been with strawberries, pineapple, and banana so far.
I have to tell you though, my kiddos are picky when it comes to fruit. So, fruit paletas have helped tremendously with getting them to eat more fruit. An important observation I’ve taken note of however, is the texture that they gravitate to. Textures can make or break their experience with food. When it comes to paletas, no chunks are allowed. They will not eat them. The same goes for yogurt. If there are any pieces of fruit in it, they won’t eat it.
So if you have little ones that are picky with texture as well as flavor, blend the fruit until it looks like a smoothie. It’s that simple! You can even customize them each to their liking. This is why I love having frozen fruit ready to go along with my hand blender. We can make multiple varieties of paletas in minutes! Plus, when you use DOLE packaged fruit, you know you’re getting quality fruit because DOLE’s frozen fruit is washed and frozen no later than the day after it is picked in order to lock in that fresh-taste and retain nutritional value.
In today’s post, I’ll show you how to make three types of paletas in just five minutes. Of course, you do have to wait for them to freeze, but the work in making them is so much easier when you use ready-cut frozen fruit. The all-natural DOLE frozen fruit packages are perfect for these recipes because the fruit is cut just right for easy blending, and comes in a resealable bag. Every time I’ve used them, the fruit tastes perfectly ripe and sweet as it should since the fruit is always harvested at the peak of ripeness.
DOLE has a wide variety of packaged frozen fruit, such as:
- Wildly Nutritious Tropical Fruit
- Wildly Nutritious Mixed Berries
- Wildly Nutritious Mixed Fruit
- Whole Strawberries
- Wild Blueberries
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Peaches
- Pineapple Chunks
- Dark Sweet Cherries
- Blueberries and Blackberries
You can even use them for other recipes as well, such as salads, salsas, or even just have as a quick healthy snack if your in a hurry. I’ve dipped my hand in a bag to snack on a few pieces here and there, ain’t gonna lie.
To make paletas, all you need is your favorite DOLE packaged fruit bag, water, juice, or any other liquid base to mix in if you like, any kind of blender or food processor, and a popsicle mold with popsicle sticks. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can also use disposable wax cups.
The rest is easy! I’ll show you in the video below.
So what do you think? Easy, right?!
You can even add fresh herbs if you like. Mint and basil are a few good ones to start with. Those pair well with red fruits and berries.
You can also find more delicious ideas and recipes on DOLE’s social channels below.
That’s all for now! Have fun creating new paleta flavors!
Paletas with Dole Frozen Fruit
- For the Banana Pineapple and Coconut Paletas:
- 3/4 cup DOLE frozen banana slices
- 3/4 cup DOLE frozen pineapple chunks
- 3 ounces coconut milk
- 2 ounces DOLE pineapple juice
- For the Strawberry Peach, and Banana Paletas:
- 1 3/4 cup DOLE frozen mixed fruit
- 1 cup liquid such as water or mango juice
- For the Pineapple and Strawberry Paletas:
- 1 cup DOLE frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup DOLE pineapple juice
- Tajin chile seasoning optional
In a blender or cup with hand held blender, add the juice or water, than add the frozen fruit. Blend until smooth. Pour into molds, and cover with lid. Insert popsicle sticks, freeze at least 4 to 5 hours or overnight.