Dairy free frozen yoghurt bark makes a fantastic snack or healthy pudding on a hot day! It’s also a fun breakfast option that babies and toddlers will love.
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5 reasons to love dairy free frozen yoghurt bark
- It is so easy to make! Frozen yoghurt bark can be prepared and put in the freezer within 10 minutes.
- If you choose a fortified dairy free yoghurt, this is a great way to give a calcium boost. Like many other parents of dairy free kids, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to increase calcium intake!
- If you are looking to curb ice lolly consumption in the height of summer, these are a great alternative.
- You can easily switch up the flavours to suit your child’s preferences, or to introduce something new.
- Like homemade ice lollies, this vegan frozen yoghurt bark can be a fantastic way to soothe gums which are sore from teething.
Dietary requirements and ingredients
This recipe is dairy, egg and soy free, and suitable for vegans. It can be adjusted to be nut and gluten free if you choose the right yoghurt – more on that below!
You will need just 4 ingredients:
- Dairy free yoghurt – Ideally you want to choose a dairy free yoghurt which is low in sugar, and is fortified. Lots of different types will work, but I tend to use Oatly Strawberry yoghurt. It has only a small amount of added sugars and is fortified with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
- Dairy free yoghurt tends to be oat, coconut, or nut based. There are gluten free and nut free options available if needed. My dairy free yoghurt post goes into more detail about this, including details of specific products.
- Maple syrup is used to sweeten the yoghurt. It is optional, and probably best to leave it out altogether for younger babies.
- Strawberries – these add colour and flavour! They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
- Fruit puree – for drizzling on top. Lots of different flavours will work; a personal favourite is peach and banana! If you use a pouch of puree do double check it is pure fruit. Sometimes other ingredients like milk sneak their way into pouches where you wouldn’t expect it – just to keep us on our toes. Of course you can also make your own puree using a stick blender*. Or you could try chia jam; a tasty alternative with an extra protein boost!
How to serve dairy free frozen yoghurt bark to babies
Yoghurt bark can be served from 6 months when baby led weaning. However, do be mindful that the fruit is frozen, so chop it into small pieces to avoid any choke risk.
Cut the yoghurt bark into a size and shape your baby will be able to pick up. Long and thin pieces tend to work best for younger babies. It does get melty and there is likely to be a lot of mess – but that’s part of the fun! Get it out of the freezer at least 5 minutes before you want to serve, so it starts to soften.
You will need the following equipment to make this recipe:
- A shallow baking tray
- Greaseproof paper or clingfilm
- A stick blender* (if you’re making your own puree)
- A freezer bag to store the broken up pieces. I like these reusable bags* which we also use as snack packs and leftovers storage.
Dairy free frozen yoghurt bark
- 350 g dairy free yoghurt (I use strawberry Oatly)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (Optional)
- 100 g strawberries
- ⅓ of a fruit puree pouch
- First, line a baking tray with non stick parchment paper or cling film.
- Mix up the yoghurt and optional maple syrup, then spread it in a thin layer over your lined tray.
- Chop up the strawberries. Be mindful that the fruit will be hard when frozen, so chop it into pieces appropriate for your child's age, to avoid any choke risk.
- Scatter the strawberries over the top, pressing them in slightly to fix them in place.
- Get your fruit puree pouch and drizzle over the top – I use about a third of a pouch.
- Freeze for a few hours, then break or cut into shards – long and thin will be easier to pick up.
- Store the pieces in a freezer bag. When serving, remove from the fridge at least 5 minutes before eating so it has a chance to soften a little.
More recipes using dairy free yoghurt
Looking for other ways to use dairy free yoghurt when cooking for your little one? Here are a few ideas:
- Yoghurt can be stirred through creamy stews or curries, for example in place of Greek yoghurt in this easy chicken curry
- Cut a banana in half width ways and insert a lolly stick. Then dip the banana into a pot of yoghurt and pop it in the freezer to make an easy and healthy frozen yoghurt ice lolly
- You could try these mixed berry frozen yoghurt cups – perfect for kids who like licking ice cubes!
- Have a go at making these vegan & gluten free blueberry oat squares, for a nutritious afternoon snack
- You can even use yoghurt to make a pizza base; try this easy gluten free version by Becky Excell
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