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Popsicles: Cool treats for the kids

Jul 2nd, 2014 | Category: Cooking

Kids like cool treats, especially during the summer time. There’s nothing more fun and refreshing than an ice-cold treat on a hot summer day. That, and a swimming hole or lake to jump in.

Excited little kid, big tasty popsicle. This berry-banana popsicle was made using a yogurt container for the mold. PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

Excited little kid, big tasty popsicle. This berry-banana popsicle was made using a yogurt container for the mold.
PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

Summer’s fresh berries are delicious, key ingredients in making cool treats (if you haven’t eaten all of them before you get them to the kitchen – whether you bought them, picked at a farm, or plucked them in your home garden). Let’s take the kids into the kitchen and make popsicles and shakes. The kids can pick the ingredients, mix them, and set them to freeze.

If you don’t have popsicle molds, there are other things in the kitchen you can use. For very easy, smaller popsicles, use an ice cube tray. You can also use smaller plastic containers, like yogurt or applesauce cups. Fill it with the desired amount, place a stick in the middle and set in the freezer. Your child won’t mind the popsicle being wider and shorter; it looks fun. Coming out of the yogurt containers (slide a knife around the edge as needed if it does not pop out easily), the kids think they have hit the jackpot of large treats (they are somewhat larger than regular popsicles). The end result will be just as tasty, and if you’re using a berry or swirled concoction, it adds to the fun appearance.

If you prefer molds, you can buy a pack at grocery stores or second-hand stores.

A basic smoothie mixture of berries, banana, and juice (or milk, nut milk or water) makes an easy recipe for popsicles. A great way to get extra nutrients into a popsicle is to add a few ounces of vegetable juice – kale, spinach, chard or other vegetables. If you find it affects the taste too much, sweeten it with a small amount of honey.

 

Sugarless blueberry popsicles

Ingredients 

3 cups berries

1/2 cup honey

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

In a food processor, or blender combine the berries, honey and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Pour puree into molds and put in freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Substitute the blueberries for raspberries, blackberries, or any other fruit. This is a great easy base.

 

Chocolate pudding popsicles

Ingredients 

2 cups water

2 cups whole milk or nut milk

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cocoa powder

1/4 cup all purpose flour or replacer

Directions

Mix over medium high heat until it begins to boil. Let the mixture thicken, keep stirring as needed. Pour into the molds and freeze.

If you’d rather make only pudding, don’t pour the mixture into the molds to freeze and instead place in bowl and refrigerate. Eat out of the bowl or spread with berries to make an easy parfait.

 

Orange creamsicle

Ingredients 

4 ounces milk or nut milk

4 ounces orange or vanilla yogurt

4 ounces orange juice

1 banana

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Mix all together and blend on high to make a smooth creamsicle. For an extra cold glass, place glass in  freezer before serving.

 

Raspberry milk shake

Ingredients 

1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened

1/2 cup milk (more if needed for desired consistency)

1 pound raspberries, cut

Directions

Mix and serve.

 

Published in the July 2014 issue of Grow Northwest

 

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