Summer Fruity Ice Pops

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for SUMMER!!   I’m always looking for a freezer pop recipe because the ones in the store… even the fruit ones… are just so dang packed with sugar, sugar, and more sugar!  Is it just me or do they have a weird aftertaste? Why would you need to sweeten already sweet fruit??  So, I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem of a recipe.  It is a breeze to prepare and delightfully refreshing without all the extra BLAH.
Summer Fruity Ice Pop – based on this pin.

Ingredients
Fresh Fruit (frozen will work in a pinch), sliced into 1/8″ slices or diced into small 1/4″ pieces
Coconut water
Popsicle molds

Directions
1) Prepare fruit.
2) Drop in popsicle mold.
3) Top with coconut water.
4) Freeze.
5) Enjoy! 🙂

Yep.  It really is that easy!
A few notes:

I’ve never used coconut water before.  I don’t know what I was expecting it to be like… but it wasn’t what I was expecting! Ha!  It is basically a thick water with a hint of a little sweetness – no real coconut flavor.

I also used this 10 popsicle stick.  This container only took about half of that large jug o’ coconut water. In each mold I could fit in one sliced strawberry, 1/4 kiwi, and five frozen blueberries (you could also use fresh – this is just what I had on hand).

The Verdict
This popsicle would be absolutely delicious with any fruit you had on hand.  Mangoes, watermelon, pineapple, banana, oranges, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi… you name it.  Anything!  Basically what this popsicle is a way to eat frozen fruit without all the fuss on the go.  I think it also might be good to fill the popsicle mold halfway with a fresh fruit puree then top with coconut water.  There are endless possibilities!  I loved the subtly sweet flavor these popsicles had… you can really taste the fruit and its sweetness!  These are going to be great on a hot, summer day!

What fruit combos did you use?
Hang in there – Summer is ALMOST here!!

guestbloggerLeslie

Blueberries on a Stick – A Frozen Summer Treat

blueberriesonastickSo here is a way to get a “creative popsicle” going.  This is a fun treat that older kiddos can help make and EVERYONE can enjoy (even mom guilt free!)

 

Here’s what you need:

  • skewers
  • blueberries (if frozen you will need to let them thaw a bit because it is hard to skewer a frozen one!)
  • greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • honey (optional- to sweeten)
  • sprinkles (optional as well – just for fun!)

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Put yogurt and honey together in a bowl and combine. If you are using vanilla greek yogurt you shouldn’t need as much because it is already a bit sweeter!
  2. Dump the blueberries in the yogurt!
  3. After coating the blueberries, pick them up and place on skewer.
  4. Place on a plate with parchment paper (or we just placed ours in large tupperware).
  5. (If adding sprinkles – sprinkle now!)
  6. Place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes or until yogurt hardens.
  7. ENJOY!!!

 

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Berry Smoothie Popsicle

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My kids are LOVING smoothies now (which is great because before Jackson wouldn’t touch them).  Smoothies are yum but popsicles are fun! So I figured why not start making my own popsicles for the kids?  We have gotten into a little summer night tradition of finishing our dinner, getting a popsicle for the kiddos, and pushing them in the stroller and taking a little walk together. This has been SUCH  fun family tradition (well tradition is strong word since we’ve done it like 4 times). But I think it will be a great treat. And I don’t mind them having a little popsicle every night when I make them and know exactly what is inside.

I decided to start a homemade popsicle series so you can easily try out the new recipes as we experiment too.

We use these molds (I”m going to need to order some more so I don’t have to make only 3 at a time).  They work great and wash easily.

Our first test was a Berry Smoothie Recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 cup frozen berries (or fresh berries and add ice)
  • 1 tablespoon or so of honey (adjust for your sweetness)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Blend in the blender and then pour into the molds.
  2. Place in molds.
  3. Place in freezer for 3-4 hours.

 

We had enough left over to have a little half cup of smoothie while we waited for our popsicles to freeze. So that is the bonus of these – you can have an afternoon snack AND a treat at night (or put the leftovers in a cup and save for smoothies in the morning).
Calorie count on these treats?  There was enough for at least 4 molds (but I only had 3) so if you made 4 popsicles you would have around 75 calories a piece.  Now that is a treat – packed with protein and fruit!  Score!

 

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(popsicles are yummy – so yummy that he picked this UP off the ground and continued to eat it. Yep.)

 

 

Chunky Monkey Chocolate Smoothie Pop!

chunkymonkeychocolatesmootiepopAs part of my summer popsicle series….enter the chunky monkey chocolate smoothie. You had me at chocolate right? How about it is a great treat packed with protein AND fruit.  And chocolate has some health benefits too you know!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as needed, or water
  • 1 medium frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks (or banana and ice!)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Here’s what you do:

  1. Blend it all together in your blender.
  2. Then pour into your molds (we use these).
  3. Freeze for 3-4 hours then enjoy!

We had enough to make 3 popsicles and a generous serving of smoothie left over. So here is how I did it. I made the smoothie at breakfast so each kiddo had a great protein packed breakfast. Then I poured the leftovers into the three molds so tonight we have snacks. Boom! Breakfast and snacks DONE.  Multitasking at its best!

Calorie count on these little guys?  About 84 if you make 4 popsicles out of it (or 3 popsicles and a smoothie like I did!)
Enjoy guilt free for the whole family.