4th of July Treats

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So burgers, brats, barbecue chicken, picnic salads, deviled eggs ... all standards of the American cookout. All things I'm hoping to eat at our 4th of July party on Thursday. I don't really think there's a standard cookout dessert though. I'm not the biggest fan of jello and pies require plates and utensils. By the time I'm in the mood for dessert I need something I can eat while using the other hand to play cornhole or canjam. Both of these desserts fit that criteria. Plus, one is mostly fruit. Aka, I'll feel no guilt indulging in both :-). Strawberry, Blueberry & Coconut "Rocket" Pops (inspired by these)

Strawberry, Blueberry & Coconut Rocket Pop

Fruit purees
2.5 cups each strawberries (tops removed and cut in half) and blueberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar, separated in half
juice of two lemons, separated
plain coconut yogurt
 

In a blender, combine the strawberries, one half of the sugar and juice from one lemon. Blend until smooth. Pour into jar or container as you'll have extra. Rinse out the blender and repeat with the blueberries and remaining sugar and lemon juice. In each of your popsicle molds, spoon a little bit of either the strawberry or blueberry puree. Allow this first layer to freeze for about an hour. Then pull out of the freezer. The next layer should be the coconut yogurt. Again spoon in. Then gently spoon in a third layer of either strawberry or blueberry puree. Push in popscicle sticks and place back into the freezer for at least 4 more hours.

Fresh fruit puree & coconut yogurt popsicles

S'mores Donuts (based on these)

S'mores Donuts

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate almond milk (reg. chocolate milk would work to, I just don't ever have that around)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted and allowed to cool slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heaping 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Marshmallow fluff
1/2 sleeve honey graham crackers, crumbled up
 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray your donut pan well with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.

In a smaller bowl mix together the milk, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and butter. Once the liquids are combined, pour into the flour mix and using a spatula fold all of the ingredients together. Once mostly combined add the chocolate chips and gently fold in to distribute.

Spoon the mix into the donut molds, only filling 1/2-2/3 of the way. The donuts will puff up quite a bit while baking. Smooth out the top of the batter a bit with your finger. Bake for 10-12 minutes. When they're done, the donut will spring back when gently pushed. Cool completely on a wire back (be very gentle when removing from the pan). Once cool, "frost" with marshmallow fluff and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles.

Stack of S'mores Donuts

I'd also like to take this opportunity to let my inner history nerd out and point out that today is the 150th anniversary of the start of Battle of Gettysburg. We live in an incredible country. Let's not forget all those who fought to create or are currently serving to protect this great nation on the 4th. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday full of fun, good company and great food!