When it’s a hot summer’s day, what better way to cool off than with a delicious home made popsicle? When using ingredients right from your fridge, your homemade posicle is a healthier alternative than the conventional box of popsicles from the frozen section. I am in love with my Vita-Mix and the many versatile ways it can be used to create healthy treats such as fresh juices, smoothies and popsicles. I use it for all my summer treats!
The other night my dad treated me and my brother to a massive Dairy Queen icecream. It made me break out on my face and didn’t make me feel so well later on. Here is a popsicle recipe I made up on the top of my head by just using whatever was available in my kitchen. There is no need to add sugar because the fruit is already so sweet. This is a super healthy treat, especially if you use seasonal and local fruit. I am using Ontario peaches in this recipe because they are in season and so delicious! I am also using Liberte yogurt which is organic and also great for you! So here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it out for yourself! Remember, the fresher the fruit, the better! Believe me to…this is way more satisfying and rewarding than a DQ icecream!
Preparation time: A few hours!
You will need:
- Popsicle mold
- Freezer (duh!)
- 2 fresh bananas
- 3 fresh oranges
- 3 fresh peaches
- 1/2 cup strawberries (I used frozen, but fresh is better!)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 ice (preferably crushed if your freezer can do it)
*The order you add the ingredients into the blender matters so pay attention!
- Add the ice, the yogurt, the strawberries, the oranges and finally the bananas into the blender.
- Blend for 3o seconds to a minute until the consistency is like a smoothie. I use a Vita-Mix blender because it is super fast and precise, but any blender should be just as fine. The colour of the smoothie mix should be a nice orangy-pink.
- Pour the mix into the popsicle molds.
- Leave in the freezer until…it’s frozen!
- Best enjoyed outdoors in the sun!
- When removing the popsicles from their mold, run it under hot water to loosen them out. Time saver!
I’m hoping my recipe is worthy of the awesome stainless steel popsicle molds that our new sponsor, Onyx Containers is shipping next month to all the 2011 Miss Teen Canada-World bloggers who write about their popsicle recipe on their blog pages. My popsicle mold is over ten years old and made from plastic…I could use a new one!
The Onyx Containers popsicle molds are made from 18/8 stainless steel so it is a fast freeze mold, easy to use, easy to clean, and will last forever. It’s designed so that one popsicle can be removed (or re-filled) at a time and easily -unlike my plastic ones. Each set comes with one stand, 6 molds, 6 lids and 12 removable silicone rings. The rings ensure that the popsicle stick isn’t tilted or sunken.
All the MTC-W bloggers are making a Squidoo lens called, Best Healthy Popsicle Recipes, http://www.squidoo.com/Best_popsicle_recipes to show off our creativity. Check it out!
This is a simple and fun way to enjoy the summer and all it has to offer! Remember, you can also just skip the popsicle part and enjoy the mix as a refreshing smoothie! It’s your turn to be creative and tweak the recipe with your own favorite fruit. Blueberries are good idea (just throwing it out there!). There are also plenty of amazing recipes online to try out for yourself!
Have fun and stay posted for some upcoming and exciting posts!
Until next time!