From the Redleaf Kitchen: A Sweet Treat from Cooking Is Cool

Ever since Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook arrived in our warehouse, we’ve been trying to decide which recipe to make first. After revisiting many bookmarked pages, we finally settled on these fruit-packed Hawaiian Pops. Even though the summer-like weather has yet to arrive in Minnesota, we’re not waiting any longer to try this treat!

Hawaiian Pops

Hawaiian Pops

Enjoy all of the fruits of summer in one pop! This mixture of yogurt and fresh fruit will cool you down on a sunny summer day.


½ cup pineapple chunks

½ cup sliced bananas

½ cup sliced strawberries

½ cup sliced peaches

2 cups vanilla yogurt



Measuring cups

Sharp knife

Cutting board

8-ounce paper cups

Craft sticks

Aluminum foil


Makes 8 servings. Serving size 1 pop.

Nutritional information for pops

1 gram fat, 15 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein.


  1. With a sharp knife, cut fruits into bite-size pieces.
  2. Place fruit and yogurt in blender. Blend on high speed until well mixed. Turn off blender.
  3. Pour mixture into cups, filling them halfway.
  4. Cover each cup with aluminum foil.
  5. With a sharp knife, make a small hole in the foil, and insert a craft stick through the hole into the mixture.
  6. Freeze overnight.
  7. Remove foil.
  8. Remove pops form paper cups to eat.


Explore a Hawaiian theme with a craft!

Hibiscus Flowers

  1. Fold a coffee filter in half, then in half again, and then in half again.
  2. Have children color the coffee filters with washable markers, then drip water on the filter to achieve a “water color” effect for the flowers.
  3. Grasp the coffee filter in the middle with two fingers, and twist to make a stem. Add a chenille stick for the longer stem.
  4. Hibiscus flowers come in all colors, so go crazy with colors!

Learn more about the Hawaiian alphabet in the story A Is for Aloha: A Hawai’i Alphabet by U’ilani Goldsberry.

Want more recipes like this? Get your copy of Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook now, available from Redleaf Press!

541587Cooking can be a delicious learning experience for children. As children read recipes, measure ingredients, and taste each dish, they build math and literacy skills, practice science process skills, and explore different food groups. Cooking Is Cool makes all of this hands-on learning possible without stepping foot in the kitchen. These classroom-friendly recipes are all heat-free, meaning they can be made without an oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate. With your guidance, budding chefs can follow the easy instructions to transform fresh, simple ingredients into tasty snacks, beverages, entrees, and treats. This book includes

  • More than 50 heat-free recipes that are fun to make and taste great
  • An explanation of the learning that occurs as children cook
  • Tips to create your own classroom cooking center
  • Nutrition information, extension ideas, and interesting food facts

Author Marianne E. Dambra has more than twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education and has been presenting on heat-free cooking with children since 1994. Read our Q&A with her or visit her website:

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