Homemade all-natural fruit snacks

Jun 24, 2013 at 3:03 a.m. ET

We all know that there are many benefits to including fresh fruit in our diets, but variety is the key to making these all-natural fruit snacks delicious and fun!

Simple watermelon slush

Simple watermelon slush

Although it needs no added sugar, this watermelon slush is icy, refreshing and sweet enough to be dessert. To make it, simply combine fresh watermelon and ice cubes in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour the slush into a glass and add a colorful straw. Any fruit can be used for this drink — or have fun creating new combinations.

5-Minute Greek yogurt fruit parfaits

5-Minute Greek yogurt fruit parfaits

Often the key to making delicious, interesting fruit-focused snacks is presentation. Although these all-natural parfaits are made with just four ingredients, the layers of flavor make them extra fun to eat. To make the parfaits, layer fresh chopped fruit, plain yogurt, a drizzle of honey and sliced almonds. These parfaits are loaded with protein and vitamins and can be made a day in advance.

Fresh fruit skewers with honey-cinnamon yogurt dip

Fresh fruit skewers with honey-cinnamon yogurt dip

Something about serving fresh fruit on skewers makes it more fun for adults and kids alike. Any combination of fresh fruit can be cut into evenly sized pieces and combined on wooden skewers. These skewers are great for summer barbecues or as pre-portioned fruit for any meal, and they keep well if made in advance.

Even more fun is to serve the skewers with a simple, healthy dipping sauce. For the sauce, whisk together 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.

For other dipping sauces, try melting natural peanut butter in the microwave until it's creamy (about 10 seconds) or make a batch of this delicious pineapple, honey and yogurt dip.

All-natural fruit juice popsicles

Don't forget this classic fruit-based snack that is all about summertime. Use all-natural, unsweetened fruit juice to make popsicles that are loaded with vitamins but not with sugar. Here's how to make ice pops at home.

Chilled fruit soup

As comforting as cooked soups can be in the cold winter months, chilled soups are a refreshing choice for hot summer weather. Blending a variety of fresh fruit with a bit of water until smooth will render a fruit soup that can be made in advance and served alongside any meal or as a quick and easy snack. For a creative way to serve chilled fruit soups, swirl in a bit of yogurt right at the end or top the soup with a mint sprig and few blueberries. For a recipe, ty this chilled watermelon cilantro soup.

More great recipes with fruit

Frozen banana bites
Fruit tacos with chocolate tortillas
Easy-peasy fruit and yogurt popsicles