Summer smoothie pops!

20 Jul

Smoothie pops are such a great part of summer. A good blender and a popsicle makers open up a world of creative possibilities for you and your children. The trick is really in making a great smoothie. You make a thick smoothie to freeze (the thicker the better for smoothie pops, otherwise you get separation and all the flavor sinks to the bottom of the pop), and then you add a handful of ice to cool it down and thin it up and drink the rest as a smoothie. It’s great to both satisfy your kids want of something cold and sweet and refreshing as well as your want to give them something nutritious.

Here are two house favorites:

BANANA AND AVOCADO DATE CREAM

1 banana1/2 avocado2 cups coconut milk (or your favorite cow’s milk, hemp, almond,oat, hazelnut, etc.), 1 date

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Fill up your popsicle makers and freeze! This buttery and filling tropical delight will satisfy and nourish hungry, busy, playing little ones who do not want to waste a moment of summer fun.

ALMOND STRAWBERRY GOGI POPS

2 cups almond milk, 2 cups strawberries, 2 tablespoons almond butter (heaping!)1 handful of gogi berries (you can also use cranberries, raisins or other berries if you don’t have gogi berries)

*Add a square or two of your favorite dark chocolate for added richness

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

If you are low on ingredients for smoothie pops- peel a banana, cut it in half, stick a fork in each half and freeze them. Frozen grapes, if you haven’t tried them, are most delightful.

Do you have smoothie pop recipes you love? Share them!

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