Popsicle Season Already?!

I don’t know where you’re reading from, but here in Kansas City (right in the heart of the Midwest, USA) it is HOT! My kids are running around in the sprinklers, and I’ve even been wearing shorts and tank tops in the yard. Today, my son asked if we could make some popsicles. It threw me off for a moment being that it’s only March, but I guess this year we get to enjoy frozen treats much longer than usual. Thanks, Global Warming. <wink>

Amy Poehler debates Al Gore from the “pro global warming” position. She says, “What can I say y’all, I look good in shorts.”

We have mastered the art of the popsicle over the years, and I thought I’d share some of our favorite recipes.

Smoothie Popsicles

We love to take any leftover smoothie and make it into popsicles. They always have an amazing flavor and texture. If it tastes good as a smoothie, it’ll probably taste good as a popsicle. I’ll share a couple of recipes I like, but keep in mind that I only eyeball everything, so I’ll do my best.

Strawberry Banana Almond Smoothie

2 whole bananas, peeled
2-3 cups or so of frozen strawberries (I eyeball it)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup original soy or almond milk

Blend until smooth. Pour leftovers into ice cube trays. Cover with plastic wrap. After 30-45 minutes (set a timer, or you WILL forget!) place toothpicks in each one. When they are completely frozen, pop them out of the tray, and place them into a gallon size freezer bag.

Tropical Green Smoothie 

This is my husbands recipe. He’s much more specific than I am. It’s fabulous.

15 med to large frozen strawberries
12 big holiday grapes (we get them at Costco)
1 handful of frozen mango
1 handful of fresh or frozen pineapple
1 small orange
3 bananas
2 handfuls of spinach (about a cup)
2 1/2 cups of water

Place spinach and water in blender first, and blend until as smooth as you can get it. Add the rest of the ingredients (in batches if you don’t have a powerful blender), and blend until smooth. Pour leftovers into ice cube trays. Cover with plastic wrap. After 30-45 minutes (set a timer, or you WILL forget!) place toothpicks in each one. When they are completely frozen, pop them out of the tray, and place them into a gallon size freezer bag.

Note: We make this in our high speed blender with a 64 oz capacity. It fills it completely. You may need to half the recipe.

 

Iced Tea and Fruit Popsicles

These are my favorite. I devoured them through most of last pregnancy. If you don’t add sweetener, they still taste great, and make a super low-cal frozen treat.

Rasperry Tea 

Raspberry tea bags, or tea blend
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Honey, sugar, or other sweetener to taste

Brew 2 cups of raspberry iced tea according to package directions. (I brew 4 cups, and keep 2 for drinking.) Let cool a bit (just so it doesn’t cook the berries), and blend in your blender or food processor. Add honey, starting with 2 Tb. Taste, and add more until it is as sweet as you like. Pour into ice cube trays. Cover with plastic wrap. After 45 minutes to an hour (set a timer, or you WILL forget!) place toothpicks in each one. When they are completely frozen, pop them out of the tray, and place them into a gallon size freezer bag.

Peach Tea

Same as above, only with peach tea and fresh or frozen peaches.

Green Tea with Mango or Pineapple

Again, the same as above, only with green tea and fresh or frozen mango. This one is also great with pineapple. You’ll need less sweetener with either the mango or the pineapple.

I haven’t tried a chai version, but I bet it would be great.

Enjoy popsicle season! All… 10 months of it.

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4 thoughts on “Popsicle Season Already?!

  1. Wow! What awesome ideas! Tea popsicles? NUTELLA popiscles? I think my brain just exploded in glee! What a mess. I only wish we had a summer… I think you stole ours 😉 Never mind, I also love iceblocks and ice cream in winter (all 10 months of it hehe) – so will make some of these to divert me from ice cream later. THANK YOU!

  2. Those look delicious!!! Thanks so much for posting these recipes. I love that you are using the ice cube tray =D

    • You’re welcome! I bought a little popsicle mold once, and A) they didn’t always slide out very well, and B) it was a much bigger serving than the ice cube tray. I like the size and convenience of the ice cube trays. Plus, it’s great that you can fit so many in the freezer bags.

      ~Daniél

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