Saturday, February 2, 2013

Popsicles in February

Sweet little snowflakes are currently falling outside my window. I’m wearing fleece pajamas and cuddled up on the couch under a warm blanket. And what am I eating? A popsicle.

I don’t know what has gotten into me, but lately I have been obsessed with popsicle recipes. I ordered a mold from amazon and have been blending fruits and juices together like it’s my job. Because of my weird "I don't eat sweets" quirk, I have a hard time finding things to eat that feel fun. Know what I mean? But ever since I started making my own popsicles with just fresh fruit and pure juices I can have something fun and know that they are good for me, too!

Lemon Berry Popsicles
  • 2 cups of strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries (I picked my own at a farm this summer and froze them. If you use frozen berries, partially thaw them before blending.)

  • 2 lemons, juiced

Toss the berries and lemon juice into a blender and puree. If it isn’t blending easily, add more lemon juice or a splash of pure orange juice. The Lemon / Strawberry combo is my favorite. The Lemon /Blackberry combo was a little bitter, so I added a tablespoon of agave nectar (pictured above) to cut the bitterness. They are all great!

Freeze in a popsicle mold. (Before I got my popsicle molds I would either drink these as a smoothie or freeze these in small bowls and eat them like Italian Ice cups.)


Strawberry Lemon Pop

Avocado Pear Popsicles

I eat baby food. Well, not exactly. But sort of. My coworker has a toddler that comes into the office sometimes and I – on many occasions – will grab a handful of these puffs. They are legitimately tasty!

And one of my favorite popsicle recipes from Pinterest is an Avocado Pear Popsicle recipe... for teething toddlers. There are no teething toddlers in sight here, but who doesn’t love avocados? And pears! See the original recipe here.
  • 2 Bartlett Pears, ripe
  • 2 Haas Avocados, ripe

Peel the pears. 
Slice them up and blanche them in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften them up a bit. They will be difficult to blend otherwise. 
Peel and pit the avocados. 
Toss the avocados and blanched pears into a blender. Puree.
If it isn't blending easily, add some of the leftover "pear water" from blanching.

These were made before I had the popsicle molds. I poured the mixture into a Rubbermaid container, put popsicle sticks in, and put them in the freezer. When they were almost frozen solid, I went ahead and sliced them with a knife so that I could break them apart later.

 Freeze and enjoy!

They are creamy and delicious. 

Baby food is not just for babies. And I hereby declare that popsicles are not just for summer! I mean, how great is it to be able to eat a popsicle outside without worrying if it will melt!

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