If you’re trying to beat the heat and enjoy an occasional treat, here are three healthy nutritious options without all the added chemicals found in commercially-prepared frozen popsicles and ice cream bars.
1. Homemade Frozen Fruit Pops
1/3 cup diced kiwi
1/3 cup diced watermelon
1/3 cup diced strawberries
1/3 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice or orange juice
Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5 oz cup with fruit. Add 1 tbsp of juice and insert craft sticks into each cup. They easily stay in place because of all the fruit. Place in the freezer a few hours until firm. To remove the pops from the cups, run under warm water a few seconds.
2. Creamy Chocolate Fudgsicles
These creamy chocolate treats are a healthier version of my beloved childhood chocolate fudgsicles. Unlike traditional fudgsicles, this version has no high fructose corn syrup or processed ingredients you can’t pronounce. These are completely free of added sugar. But just like the packaged pops, they are creamy and chocolatey and delicious.
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
2 small, very-ripe bananas
1/16 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
sweetener of choice, to taste (raw honey, maple syrup, etc.)
Combine all items in a blender (I used a Magic Bullet). Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze! A good way to remove pops is to run the popsicle MOLD under room-temp water for about 15 seconds, then gently twist.
3. Homemade Orange Creamsicles
One of my favorite popsicle-ice cream combinations as a child was an orange creamsicle. I would down them like water. The problem was, I always felt sick afterwards because of the artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial colors, among other ingredients that were, well did I mention artificial? The milk itself was also a problem. There is an alternative and it can be made organic if desired. It's low in calories and high on taste. So good in fact, that once you try this recipe, you'll wonder how you ever considered a regular creamsicle tasty at all.
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 drops STEVIA
In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together.
Pour mixture into popsicle tupperware molds. Freeze for another 4-6 hours or until frozen. Or you pour the mixture in an ice cube tray for 60 minutes and then add tooth picks for bite size portions.
When you’re ready to serve, run some warm water along your popsicle MOLD to loosen the popsicles and serve immediately.
This entire recipe can be made organic and raw if desired by using only raw honey, organic oranges and organic vanilla.
Stay cool this summer and enjoy these frozen treats!