Remember those long skinny ice pops we had as kids? I used to love those! I’m not sure there are many kids who don’t love them however now that I’m a parent I gotta tell ya those will certainly not be a summer staple in our house. Why? The ingredients are way to scary for me to feed to my child….high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes. Nope, not for my kiddo! That’s why when my sister-in-law told me about Zip Zicles I was so excited! These things are genius. They allow you to make your own long skinny popsicles so your kids can still enjoy them and you can feel good about it. Oh, and you can wash and re-use them if you’d like and they’re BPA free!
ZipZicles – $2.99 for 12
May and June are the prime months for strawberries. I absolutely love these berries and buy them up while they’re on sale and freeze the extras to use in smoothies throughout the year. I love this recipe as it’s a relatively healthy way to enjoy strawberries and would make a great snack or dessert! As you probably know by know I don’t do much dairy so instead of mascarpone I’ll be substituting it with cashew cream (recipe here) which is a great options for those of you with dairy allergies or who are vegan.
What you’ll need:
- 4 whole graham crackers
- 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese (or cashew cream as mentioned above)
- 4 medium sized fresh strawberries, sliced
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- Break graham crackers in half, creating 8 squares.
- Spread each with mascarpone.
- Layer 4 strawberry slices over each square.
- Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh thyme.
- Serve immediately.
I love frozen treats on a hot day. The store bought ones can taste great but often come with a lot of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup so around our house we love to make them ourselves. I found this recipe recently and thought it sounded amazing. Bananas, dark chocolate and coconut….what’s not to love?!
Frozen Banana Popsicles
- Shredded Coconut (toasted)
- Popsicle Sticks
Full recipe & instructions found on Whole Foods Market
As the weather gets warmer and warmer I can hardly keep myself from daydreaming about fresh strawberries, one of my favorite things about summer! This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles looks like a fantastic and refreshing way to savor them! I’m not a big dairy or refined sugar consumer so I’ll be making some alterations to the original recipe (see in parenthesis below) but am certain they will be equally delicious!
Recipe from Domestic Fits
* information in parenthesis are my own adaptations
Makes 8 popsicles
- 8 ounces cream cheese (will be using tofu cream “cheese”)
- ¼ cup sour cream (will be using 1/4 cup of coconut cream)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar (will be using 1/2 c agave nectar)
- 1/3 cup whole milk (1/3 cup coconut milk – full fat version)
- 6 large fresh strawberries, chopped or ¾ cup frozen strawberries
- 6 standard sized graham crackers
- 1 tbs melted butter (1 tbsp Earth Balance)
- In a food processor add the cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar and milk, process until well combined. Add the strawberries, pulse to combine.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1 inch of the top empty for the crust (if you don’t have popsicle molds, use small paper cups and popsicle sticks) tap the molds gently on the counter to remove air bubbles.
- In a food processor add the graham crackers, process until only crumbs remain.
- While food processor is running, add the melted butter in a slow stream until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Divide the crust evenly between the popsicles, press down gently to compact. Insert popsicle sticks, freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
I’m always in the market for a tasty, healthy, homemade snack. When 3 pm hits I often find myself wanting to reach for the unhealthy sweets which is why I try to keep better options around. This recipe sounds like it fits the bill. I’ve made a few notes below regarding some revisions I’m likely to make.
Chocolate Chip Chunks
What You’ll Need:
50g cashews or almond
100g dates (I also thought figs might be nice in place of dates…depending on your preference)
20g cacoa nibs (or good quality dark chocolate chips/chunks)
Up to 10g ground oatmeal (only if mixture is too sticky)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (or almond extract)
Pinch sea salt
1 tbs maca powder (this is optional….I think I might add a tbs of chia seeds instead)
Chop the nuts up coarsely and set aside for later use.
In a food processor, blend the dates until they form a paste. Add all the remaining ingredients and pulse to fully combine however maintaining coarse chunks. You should have a sticky mixture at this point. From here you can form bars by pressing the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish or mini loaf pan. Allow this to chill and firm up before slicing.
When I first saw this idea I thought, wow my kids will love that. Then I started thinking, how delicious would those be as a late night snack, or a little after dinner sweet treat? They are so easy to make, and probably can be ready pretty quickly. I would love to make these with Greek yogurt, so they can be fat free. I’m thinking mixing the Greek yogurt with honey as the first one I’d like to try. You could even make flavor combinations, or you could put a dot of this on top of a slice of banana before you freeze. That would be delicious! I found this on OneFrugalChick.com, and it looks like all you have to do is put the yogurt into a plastic bag, snip off a corner with a scissor, and squeeze out little puddles of yogurt onto a baking sheet and freeze!
Two of my favorite foods combined to make this delicious dessert! Yup, that’s right mango and coconut milk are the main stars in this velvety pudding like sweet. This is a great way for me to satisfy my sweet tooth without compromising a healthy diet.
Ingredients – for full recipe please visit Veg Recipes of India
- coconut milk
- coconut sugar (if desired)
Almond butter is a filling and healthy way to add some protein and nutrients to your diet. I typically buy almond butter but have always thought making my own would be a fun and delicious process. I like this recipe found on Cookie Monster Cooking. The only thing I would omit is the sugar. In my opinion almonds are naturally sweet enough!
Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter
- 2 cups raw whole almonds
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar or could also use agave or honey (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring halfway through, until fragrant. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Add the roasted almonds to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the almonds break down into a smooth creamy butter at your desired consistency, about 6 to 8 minutes. The nuts will go through several stages during this process. During the first few minutes, you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl fairly frequently. The almonds will break down into a fine almond meal, then will start to clump together, next will start to form a ball and then will break down into a smooth butter.
- Add the salt, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon and brown sugar to the bowl and process for a few seconds until incorporated.
I am so excited by this product! What an amazing way to make a healthy summer time treat for the kids. This is especially exciting because I already have a Zoku Pop Maker. My sister-in-law gave it to my wife a few years ago, and it is really cool. You can make ice pops from just about any liquid in just about 7 minutes. You can ad chunks of fruit, you can make layers, really there are so many fun ways to make ice pops with this thing. But now, with this $15 kit, you can take it to a whole new level! The kit basically gives you little cookie cutters that you can make little characters to go into the pops! Check out some of the examples below.
To buy the pop maker for $39.99 go here: Zoku Pop maker
To buy the Character Kit for $14.99 go here: Zoku Character Kit
Info on character kit:
- Create animals, faces, and fun characters of your own design using stenciled fruit slices, or follow Zoku’s designs included in the instruction booklet
- The kit includes 14 stencils, 1 faceplate, 1 stand for holding the Pop Maker steady, a pusher tool for removing fruit slices from the stencils, instructions, and sample character designs to get started
- Never before have pops been so much fun or easy to make
- Bring your Quick Pops to life with the Zoku Character Kit! Works with both the original Zoku and the Duo
- BPA and Phthalate Free
Info on Pop Maker:
- Create your own customized frozen pops, including cream-filled varieties, in as little as 7 minutes
- Makes up to nine 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ pops (three 2-oz. pops at a time) before refreezing is required
- Nonstick cast-aluminum molds have a proprietary solution sealed inside their bases to enable rapid, uniform freezing
- Special drip guards promote tidy eating
- Includes base, remover tool, six reusable pop sticks and six reusable drip guards
I am always on the lookout for a good satisfying after dinner sweet treat. After dinner I just need a little something sweet to balance out the salty dinner. This is a great way to satisfy that sweet craving without the consumption of unneeded calories. This is the perfect treat for a hot summer night. Frozen Greek yogurt covered berries. I have seen a couple of different posts about this particular dish, and they all seem to have a similar technique. Here it is:
- Empty non fat Greek yogurt into mixing bowl. (Vanilla seems to make the most sense)
- Use a tooth pick to dunk each berry into the yogurt
- Use a second toothpick to slide the berry off of the toothpick and onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper
- Freeze until hard
This process does seem a little labor intensive. I would suggest simply dumping the berries into the yogurt, mixing it all up, and then scooping them out with a slotted spoon. Then just push each one off of the spoon onto the wax paper coated baking sheet, and freezing. You can use all kinds of berries for this. But, if you are using strawberries, I would definitely cut them into quarters. I full sized frozen strawberry is not very easy to eat.
Another thing I have seen is using a bamboo skewer and loading up a bunch of berries like a kabob, and then coating that with yogurt, and freezing the whole skewer. That would be fun too! Any way you do it, it will be delicious, healthy, and low calorie.
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