For those living with dysphagia, it can sometimes feel like you’re unable to indulge in delicious treats due to challenges eating and swallowing. However, there’s no need to miss out! Many people find that frozen treats can be easily tailored to your needs while being gentle on the mouth. Read on as we explore a range of treats that can be easily tailored to meet your specific needs. It can also be advantageous to consult a healthcare professional when trying something new!
Flavourful Fruity Popsicles
You can easily make delicious fruit popsicles by blending up your favorite fruits. Fruits like bananas, mango, and berries blend easily and are flavorful. Consider your swallowing needs when blending the fruit. Once it reaches your desired consistency, pour the mixture into molds and freeze. This is a treat that’s easy to swallow and full of flavor.
Creamy Yoghurt Bites
For a creamy and soothing treat, why not try making yogurt bites? Add a small amount of plain or flavored yogurt to a baking tray or silicone mold. Avoid yogurts with large chunks or pieces in them, as these could pose a choking risk. It’s also a good idea to consider the size of the treat. Some people may find it easier to make it large than cut it into smaller pieces, or some people may opt for bite-size treats that are ready to eat. Those who are able to manage larger pieces of food may wish to add very small crushed-up nuts or chocolate to the mix to add some extra flavor.
Coconut Water Ice Cubes
Coconut can be a sweet and satisfying treat. Add coconut water to an ice cube tray and freeze. It can then be added to water, juice, or herbal tea to add some sweetness. This is also a great way for those with dysphagia to maintain hydration. If you’re not a fan of coconut, why not treat freezing herbal tea instead? Brew the tea, wait for it to cool then add it to an ice cube tray.
A range of deserts can also be made by using a gel-based thickener. This mango pudding is a great one to try! Blend the mango, then use a filter to remove any fibrous bits. Next, add SimplyThick thickener until you’ve reached the desired consistency. You can then heat the mixture, adding sugar and cardamom to taste until you achieve a pudding-like consistency and a desirable flavor. Then pour the pudding into serving cups and allow it to cool and set fully before enjoying!
This treat can be easily modified to include your favorite fruits and flavors!
Applesauce Freezer Cups
For those who prefer a no-fuss approach to dessert, these applesauce freezer cups are perfect. Choose a pudding cup (this can be a great way to reuse old yogurt pots), fill it with applesauce, and freeze it. Applesauce has a naturally smooth texture and offers a hint of sweetness, so it makes the perfect dysphagia-friendly dessert.