Homemade Fruit Cups for Kids

by Eat Well with Lex
stacked fruit cups

Homemade fruit cups are a delicious medley of fresh fruits, soaked in coconut water and topped with chia seeds. Reach for this healthy snack the next time the kids are craving something sweet!

For more healthy snack recipes, try these Strawberry Popsicles for Kids and Easy-to-Make Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies for Kids next.

two homemade fruit cups on a kitchen counter

As parents, it can be challenging to find healthy snacks that our kids will actually enjoy. Fruit cups are a great option, as they are tasty and nutritious. However, store-bought fruit cups can be expensive and may contain added sugars or preservatives.

These homemade fruit cups are convenient, nutritious single-serving snacks that take less than 10 minutes to assemble. This recipe includes diced mangos, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple just in time for summer. It’s refreshing, sweet, and downright delicious!

It’s the perfect way to keep cool and hydrated on a hot summer day so learn how to make a fruit cup today. Keep these mini fruit salads stocked in your fridge and you’ll always have something healthy and wholesome for the whole family to enjoy.

Why This is the Best Fruit Cup Recipe

  • Better than Store Bought. Put down the Dole fruit cups and head over to the fresh produce aisle at the grocery store because these homemade fruit cups have no added sugar or preservatives. You have control over the ingredients know exactly what you’re feeding your children when you make these at home. Plus, you save some money!
  • Healthy Treat. These are perfect servings of fresh fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth and the chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber.
  • Kid Friendly. Whether it’s packed in their lunch boxes for school or summer camp, the kids love fruit cups! They’re colorful and sweet.
  • Customizable. you can customize the fruit cups to your child’s tastes. If they prefer certain fruits over others, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.
close up overhead view of a homemade fruit cup

Homemade Fruit Cups Ingredients

  • Mango: This tropical fruit is rich in antioxidants and immunity-boosting nutrients.
  • Strawberries: This fruit has anti-inflammatory properties that are good for gut health.
  • Kiwi: The soluble fiber in kiwis regulates blood sugar and heart health. Whereas the insoluble fiber helps to regulate bowel movements and can relieve constipation.
  • Pineapple: Pineapples are loaded with nutrients like copper, thiamine, and vitamin B6, which are all known to boost metabolism.
  • Chia seeds: They contain omega-3 fatty acids that are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Chia seeds are also excellent for bone health.
  • Coconut water: This natural beverage moderates blood sugar, and keeps you refreshed and hydrated. (This makes fruit cups the perfect snack after physical activity.)
overhead view of homemade fruit cup ingredients

How to Make

Thoroughly clean and dice the mango, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple. Then evenly distribute the chopped fruit in each storage container.

Add about ½ tsp chia seeds to each container. Then fill the containers with coconut water until it just covers the fruits and gently stir. Cover the containers with the lids and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days.

overhead view of homemade fruit cups with lids removed

Variations

  • Sweetener: For something a little sweeter, add honey or date syrup
  • Liquid Alternatives: Don’t want to use coconut water? Try organic apple juice, freshly squeezed lemonade, or orange juice instead.
  • More Fruit: Add or omit whichever fruits you like. I suggest also trying grapes, oranges, apples, pears, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, and raspberries.
  • Whipped Cream: When serving, add a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip so it feels more like a dessert.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t forget the liquid! It keeps the fruit juicy and also prevents it from browning.
  • Make sure to cut fruits in appropriate sizes to prevent choking hazards. Here is a guide by Solid Starts for safe food sizes for babies.
  • Use whatever fruits are in season to keep this homemade fruit cup recipe fresh!
  • This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover fruit in the fridge before it goes bad.
  • Wondering what I used to store the fruit cups? I love these WeeSprout storage containers.
storage containers for baby food

Can Fruit Cups Be Made Ahead?

Absolutely! I consider this part of weekly meal prep. It already comes in individual servings and lasts 4 days in the fridge.

Common Questions

What is the liquid in fruit cups?

That depends on the recipe. Here, we use coconut water. Most store-bought fruit cups contain fruit juice with ascorbic acid added to preserve the color of the fruit.

Are fruit cups as healthy as fresh fruit?

Yes, because this homemade fruit cup recipe is made with fresh fruit! It’s easier to eat and has variety so you’re more likely to eat a larger serving. So, it could possibly be even better!

Can I serve this to babies?

This recipe works for babies 12 months and up. Remember to check out the Solid Starts guide for safe food sizes for babies.

More Delicious Snack Recipes:

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

How to Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Healthy Protein Peanut Butter Cups

DID YOU MAKE THIS HOMEMADE FRUIT CUPS RECIPE?

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stacked fruit cups

Homemade Fruit Cups for Kids

Homemade fruit cups are a delicious medley of fresh fruits, soaked in coconut water and topped with chia seeds. Reach for this healthy snack the next time the kids are craving something sweet!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Mango diced
  • 1 cup Strawberries diced
  • 1 cup Kiwi fruit diced
  • 1 cup Pineapple diced
  • 4 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Coconut water

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly clean and dice the mango, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple.
  • Evenly fill the storage containers with the diced fruits.
  • Add about ½ tsp chia seeds to each container.
  • Fill the containers with coconut water until it just covers the fruits and gently stir.
  • Cover the containers with the lids and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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3 comments

Strawberry Popsicles for Kids | Eat Well With Lex June 27, 2023 - 1:00 pm

[…] more kids snacks, try Homemade Fruit Cups for Kids and these Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies […]

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Sarah February 20, 2024 - 2:13 am

Have you tried freezing these?

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Eat Well with Lex February 21, 2024 - 12:43 pm

Hi Sarah, I haven’t and wouldn’t recommend. They are best when fresh. I think the fruits would be mushy when defrosted.

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