5 Great Snacks for Kids on the Pontoon Boat
If there’s anything better than spending a warm summer day on the water with family and friends, we have yet to find it. Sure, we all love a peaceful sunset cruise on our Bennington Pontoon Boat, but when the kids are out of school and the sun is shining bright, everyone wants to get out on the lake.
Before you raise your anchor and head out on your Benny, you mustn’t forget the most important thing when you’re entertaining kids: the snacks!
Don’t worry, we’ve saved you the time of having to find yummy, sweet treats for your crew. Here are five great snacks to serve kids while you’re out on the pontoon.
Crunchy Apple Boats
For a delightful bite that’s fresh and crisp, try these crunchy apple boats. Not only are they nautical theme, but they pack loads of energy for a long day on the water.
- Apples (one apple makes two boats)
- Peanut butter spread (alternatives: honey, sun butter or Nutella)
- Puffed rice
- Cut each apple in half and remove the core
- Spread the top of the apple with your chosen spread
- Sprinkle with puffed rice
- Cut a sail for your apple boat from a thick slice of cheese and attach with a toothpick.
Your crew will like these treats so much, they won’t even notice how healthy they are!
Frozen Orange Pops
Recipe by Food Network
Keep your band of pontoon boat pirates happy with these easy-to-make frozen orange pops; perfect for cooling down in the heat.
- 4 cups orange juice, pulp free and not from concentrate
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup 0-percent Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons orange zest (from about 1 large orange)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Kosher salt
Special equipment: Six 4-ounce pop molds
- Bring the orange juice and honey to a simmer in a wide saucepan, whisking occasionally, over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Add the orange-honey mixture, yogurt, orange zest, vanilla and a pinch of salt to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour into the pop molds. Freeze until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
To serve, take a pop from the freezer, run it under warm water and unmold.
Another great healthy treat that kids will love is the fruit smoothie. Simple to prepare, this crowd pleaser is an absolute “must have” on the pontoon.
- 1 container (8 ounces) vanilla-flavored nonfat yogurt
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 cup frozen strawberries or peaches
- 1/4 cup orange juice
In a blender, whip together all ingredients. Serve in glasses. See? Simple.
Fruit Pizza Minis
Just say the word “fruit pizza” and kids come running. These bite-sized snacks are perfect for a quick break in between catching fish, tubing, or swimming around your pontoon.
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 tablespoon orange juice
- 4 medium tortilla, whole wheat
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup kiwi
- 1/4 cup mandarin oranges, canned in juice
- Cut out your crust. Use a plain tortilla (wheat or flour) and the ring of a mason jar to make small circle crusts.
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well blended.
- Spread over tortillas and top with seasonal fruit, such as blackberries, strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, grapes, or raspberries.
Frozen Yogurt Grapes
Finally, we wrap up these great pontoon boat snacks for kids with frozen yogurt grapes; another quick snack that kids can’t get enough of.
- choice of yogurt (they’re all good!)
- choice of topping (sprinkles, coconut flakes, etc.)
- Pick grapes from stem and rinse. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for a few hours.
- Once frozen, stick a toothpick into each grape and dip into yogurt. If you chose another topping, this is the time to dip the yogurt covered grapes into it.
- Place back in the freezer for a few minutes, the yogurt will freeze quickly.
You’re now ready for a fun and yummy day on your pontoon boat; the only thing left to do is to find your next Bennington Pontoon Boat at a dealer near you.