Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - Homemade Popsicles

I love having something cold and sweet at the end of a long hot day. While I often grab the Ben and Jerry's, I may be eating some while writing this post, I'm not ready to introduce the kids to that gloriousness. They occasionally get a bite of ice cream if we go out to Zestos, but that's not very often. Enter homemade popsicles.

I purchased Tovolo ice pop molds and we got to work.  Our first go round was a cherry vanilla popsicle. Really easy to make and super tasty.

Cherry Vanilla Popsicles

1 cup diced pitted cherries
1/2 cup greek vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp honey

Mix in a blender until smooth.  Pour into molds and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Next I wanted to try an incorporate veggies into a popsicle.  Spinach seems to be the best option as it's mild in flavor.  The kids enjoy these as much as the cherry vanilla ones.

Pinapple, Spinach, Blueberry Popsicles

6 oz blueberries
1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
8 pineapple quarters

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.  If needed add pineapple juice for consistency.  Pour into molds and freeze at least 5 hours.

For the Fourth of July I wanted to make a healthy version of a bomb pop.  Obviously this will taste nothing like a bomb pop, but it has the same nostalgic look.  I ordered the Tovolo star ice pop molds just for these popsicles.

Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

10oz strawberries
1 cup greek vanilla yogurt
6oz blueberries

Blend strawberries in blender.  Pour into molds filling 1/3 of the way full and freeze until solid. Spoon yogurt into molds filling another third.  Freeze for approximately 30 minutes.  Blend blueberries in blender and the pour into molds filling the remaining portion until full. Notes: Be careful when pouring mixes into mold.  You want to make sure you aren't getting mix on the side of the mold as you're pouring it in.  You want nice clean layers.  Make sure not to let the yogurt layer get too solid otherwise the sticks won't go in the molds properly.

I'm excited for the kids to get to try their festive popsicles of the 4th.  I may have to have one too.  Although, I may be too busy eating smores, hot dogs and drinking cold beers.  The adults really do get to have all the fun.  

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