This year I decided it was time to experiment with making my own icy treats. My son Kai, soon to be 10 months old is now enjoying all kinds of food. As he grows I want him to enjoy classic summer treats, just not the processed sugar laden ones that are in all the markets. The great thing about making your own treats is that there is no limit to the amount of goodness you can pack in for yourself and your family. I was inspired by a recipe I saw on website. I copied it below, but you can read the whole article with more recipes
Tropical Coconut Pop
- 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk (or coconut cream equivalent)
- 1-2 bananas, depending on size
- 32 ounces frozen mango or pineapple, or a blend
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1-2 raw egg yolks
- dash of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste flaked coconut (optional)
Blend, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Yum! They turned out great, and since then I’ve experimented with more flavors.
Try this recipe too:
- 1 cup strawberries
- 5 tablespoons yogurt (or coconut milk/cream)
- 3 dates
- Dash of vanilla
- 1/4 cup water
Blend all ingredients together and pour into popsicle moulds.
I have discovered that frozen pops are a great natural teething aid too. Kai loves to have them with just water to suck on when his teeth are bothering him, but I’ve also given him chamomile tea and peppermint tea pops to ease his pain.
Once you get started with making frozen pops you will realize how easy and delicious summertime treats can be. Homemade has the added benefit of knowing that you are not ingesting artificial colors and flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. I like my popsicles tart and even sour tasting, but you can decide how much sugar to add, and which type of sweetener you want to use. I recommend using dates, honey, maple syrup or limited amounts of cane sugar. Adding chunks of whole fruit pieces is fun, and you can experiment with adding citrus zest or grated fresh ginger root for added punch.
Here’s to summers full of goodness!