It’s only mid-June, but summer is in full force in our neck of the woods, complete with mosquitoes, profuse sweat and sky-high electricity bills. Easy and affordable homemade popsicles are a staple at our house – making them is as much fun as eating them….well, almost.
We enjoy the plain-Jane fruit juice popsicle, but recently experimented a little with the Vitamix and these nifty popsicle molds I bought. I was skeptical about whether the pops would really release from their “twirly swirly” molds, as my daughter calls them. But they came right out after just a few minutes in the summer sun (or after running some warm water over them if you live in a more reasonable climate).
The ingredients used to make the three batches of popsicles below were all organic and cost me around $6 – that’s only $0.35-$0.50 per pop, way less than the fancy pops at the store!
Antioxidant-rich berries are the base ingredient of these pops. Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain a number of phytochemicals that have been shown to help fight inflammation, urinary tract infections, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer. Yes, please!
We tasted all of the quickly melting pops – that deducts points for me as a dietitian, but earns me big points as a mom. All three flavors were a hit, but the color swirl rose above the rest with the preschool crowd! Try these for yourself and see which one you like the best.
Strawberry Banana Pop
Blend 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen strawberries and 1/2 banana in a Vitamix with a splash of juice and a splash of milk (can use coconut milk or additional juice if desired), just enough to create a thick, smooth texture. Pour into molds and freeze for at least four hours. Makes 3-5 popsicles, depending on the size of the mold.
Blend ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries with 1/3 cup plain yogurt and 2-4 Tbsp of blueberry or white grape juice in a Vitamix until smooth. Makes 3-5 popsicles, depending on the size of the mold.
And the winner is……
Peach-Mango-Berry Swirl Pop
Mix 1: Blend ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries with 1/3 cup plain yogurt and 2-4 Tbsp of blueberry or white grape juice in a Vitamix until smooth.
Mix 2: Blend 2/3 cup fresh or frozen mango with ½ cup fresh or frozen peaches in Vitamix until smooth.
Fill ¼ of popsicle mold with Mix 1, then ¼ of mold with Mix 2. Repeat and freeze for at least four hours. Makes 6-8 pops, depending on the size of the mold.
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