Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles

The summer of popsicles continues! Here is another delish popsicle recipe.  This one is loaded with fruit and chia seeds, which not only add some omega-3’s and extra fibre, but also makes the mixture more gelatinous and prevents all the kiwi and strawberry seeds from settling.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, chopped
  • 2-3 kiwis (depending on size)
  • 8-10 medium sized strawberries
  • 1 ½ tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Put ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend well
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle mould and freeze for at least 5 hours
  3. Enjoy!

Jameson Popsicle

 

Nicholas’s buddy Jameson enjoying a nice cold Strawberry Kiwi Popsicle.  Proof that there are other kids out there who enjoy my creations.

Ridiculously Easy and Delicious Dairy-Free Ice Cream

I can’t remember where I first saw this recipe, but it is all over the healthy/vegan recipe blogs.  Our family is (mostly) dairy-free, and a summer without ice cream is just wrong.  Sure, there is a lot of pre-made dairy-free ice cream on the market, but it’s expensive, and now it’s soooo easy to make your own healthy version.

All it takes is one ingredient: frozen bananas. That’s it! Well… plus any flavourings you want. The consistency is that of soft serve ice cream.  Yes, there is always that underlying banana flavour, but it works well with many ice cream flavours, hence the banana split, and I don’t think it’s very overpowering.

When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was too good to be true.  How could I have gone this long without knowing about this?  I had to try it for myself.  I got out my trusty food processor and some frozen bananas, and minutes later, I had what looked to be soft serve ice cream.  I added some cocoa powder and a spoon of peanut butter, blended some more, and scooped it out into bowls for Nicholas and myself.  One taste and I was a believer.  It’s awesome, and I can tell Nicolas agrees, because he finished his bowl too.

I made it again the following night for Isaac to see if it would pass the husband test.  He complained that I didn’t give him a large enough serving; I would say that’s a pass!

A big thank you to whoever first figured out that frozen bananas turn into ice cream!

Nick Ice Cream

Here are the measurements I used:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled (thawed at room temp for about 10 mins)
  • 2-3 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tsp natural peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Place bananas in food processor and blend until mostly smooth
  2. Add cocoa powder and peanut butter and continue blending until soft-serve consistency
  3. Scoop into 2 bowls and enjoy!

Try experimenting with flavours to create your own. Anything goes; Strawberries, hazelnuts, vanilla, etc.  Please share any interesting flavour combinations you’ve tried in the comments section.

Greeña Colada Pops

I officially dub this the summer of popsicles!  So many popsicle recipes have been floating around that I decided I needed to go out, buy myself a popsicle mould, and get popsicling.

Seems easy enough; throw a bunch of stuff into a food processor, blend it, and then freeze it in the moulds.  Kind of like making baby food, except you don’t feel weird about eating it yourself.

One of the recipes that really caught my eye used coconut milk and avocado.  I googled similar recipes but didn’t find one that totally fit the bill, so I decided to go rogue.  I prefer tart flavours and not overly sweet ones.  I would never make a popsicle with added sweeteners as I don’t believe its necessary.  Fruit has enough of its own natural sugars to do the job.  In this recipe I used a ripe banana to add in some extra sweetness.  If you have more of a sweet tooth than I do, you can always try adding more banana and less avocado.  Also, ensure your pineapple is nice and ripe (more ripe = more sweet).

This recipe made eight 2oz pops with some leftover.  I probably could have filled at least 1, if not 2, more moulds.

Greeña Colada Pops

Ingredients:

  • 200 mL coconut milk (1/2 can) *I used full fat but I’m sure lite would work as well
  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1 ripe banana (one of the black ones in your freezer will work well)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped pineapple

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender
  2. Blend well until you get a smooth consistency
  3. Spoon mixture into popsicle moulds
  4. Freeze for at least 4 hours
  5. Remove from mould and enjoy

Greenia Colada Pops FPGreenia Colada Pops

These turn out to be nice and creamy.  You could probably even partially freeze this (or use an ice cream maker) and serve it as an ice cream.

Hope you enjoy! Any feedback is appreciated.