Mmmm…popsicles. What’s better on a hot, sunny day? (I know some of you might be thinking “um, beer?!” but I’m trying to remain family-friendly, here.) 😉 You can buy them at the store, but they’re full of junk–high fructose corn syrup, artificial colours and flavours, and just generally super low on the nutrient scale. So, what’s a girl to do?
MAKE them! The following recipes are delicious, healthy, and include the benefit of using up very ripe fruit. They are all vegan, gluten-free, and super simple to make. A great blender makes a big difference, so if you own a Vitamix or something similar to it, break that sucker out.
The other great thing about these popsicle recipes is that they are all digestive-friendly. A couple of them could be tweaked a little if you are a chronic heartburn (GERD) sufferer, and I note that at the bottom of the recipes.
If you don’t own molds (it probably means you aren’t yet overwhelmed by your children for these suckers in the summertime), try using small containers (little jars, etc) and spoons or store-bought sticks. You can even use ice-cube trays and toothpicks for small ones. Anything goes! To remove pops from molds, run warm water over molds until pops melt enough to slide out. Also, remember that the amount of popsicles each recipe makes completely depends on the size of your molds. Have fun…
Lemony-Basil Pops— makes 8 large
1 ½ cups organic, plain soy yogurt
1 lemon (rind and juice)
1 small handful fresh basil
2 tbsp. agave syrup
Separate the rind and juice from your lemon, and put both in blender. Add all other ingredients, and blend until smooth. Use a little unsweetened almond milk if mixture needs to be thinned a bit. Pour into molds and freeze for 2-3 hours. Add sticks or spoons to half-frozen pops, and place back in freezer for overnight. Enjoy!
*The lemon may be a little much for those with GERD…enjoy slowly to access whether or not it will be a problem.
Frozen Fruit Salad— makes 8 large
½ cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 tbsp. dried coconut
1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut water
Thinly slice the strawberries and kiwis. Arrange all fruit in molds. Fill with coconut water. Using sticks, try piercing through fruit in order to make stand upright and center. Freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Tropical Popsicles— makes 8 medium-sized
2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
1 ½ cups frozen mango
2 tablespoons honey
Combine everything in blender and process until smooth. Pour into molds, and freeze for 2 hours. Add your spoons or sticks, and continue to freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Avo-Lime Popsicles— makes 6 large
½ tsp. finely grated sea-salt
1 ½ avocados
1 cup organic, unsweetened soy milk
½ cup agave syrup
¼ tsp. vanilla
Sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt into molds. Set aside. Pit and peel your avocados, and zest and juice your limes. Add to blender. Add milk, syrup and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into salted molds. Freeze for an hour, than add sticks. Continue freezing overnight. Enjoy!
*The lime may be too acidic for those with GERD. Try one and be sure to notice if the lime bothers you. This is all about knowing your body’s boundaries.
Have fun, and stay cool!