Weeknights in my house with my two children often end with the simple plea: what’s for dessert?
During the holiday season, we got stuck in a bit of a rut. With the house full of chocolate, cookies and ice-cream, I suddenly realized that my two little ones were munching their way through a lot of sugar every night. I needed to find a healthier option. My kids adore ice cream so I knew that frozen fruit popsicles would be a big hit. I also wanted to be in control of the ingredients for dessert: no more artificial additives or sweeteners!
Determined to get some healthier dessert options for our weeknight meals, I bought some bright colored popsicle molds and pulled out my blender to make some delicious flavor combinations. First up: pineapple and spinach which was a huge hit with my son who doesn’t even eat green vegetables. Score!
I’ve also experimented with blueberries, mango, strawberries, kale, steamed pear or apple, vegan protein powder, greek yogurt, bananas and extra spices like cinnamon and ginger or fresh mint and cilantro. I typically add two or three ingredients into the blender, mix until smooth, pour into the popsicle mold and freeze for a few hours until solid. If you want to be really fancy, you can also add in chunks of fruit such as kiwi or strawberries. Experiment with different flavors and try and sneak in some ingredients that your kids normally wouldn’t try. Adults love them too: try other grown up flavors including raw chocolate and avocado.
These healthy popsicles make plain vanilla ice cream look so dull and boring, you will never go back.