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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Green Smoothie Popsicles

We have been making all kinds of real fruit popsicles around here.  The price for real fruit popsicles at the store is sky high, so we save money and make our own.  I throw in whatever frozen fruit we happen to have hanging out in the freezer.  I try to get some type of green vegetable in there, so they usually end up some shade of green.  

My frozen fruit bin.  I usually has mango, pineapple, wild blueberries, mixed berries & cherries in it.
This is considered the "snack/dessert" bin in our home.

These particular Green Smoothie popsicles have mango, pineapple, avocado, kale and banana.
The avocado gives them wonderful creaminess, and the fruit gives them a tropical sweetness.  The kale just disappears, my kids don't even notice it.

I start by throwing in about 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks, and a peeled, frozen banana.  To easily peel the frozen banana, soak in some water for a couple minutes, pop the top of the peel off and slide it right out into the blender.  Add the avocado and kale, and 1/2 cup of water. Then blend.

You may have to stop the blender and stir, adding more water as you go.

Your goal is to add just enough water to make a vortex in the middle of the blender, as picture above shows.  Blend a couple of minutes, until kale is chopped into tiny bits.  Taste.  If needs more sweetness, add your choice of sweetener-agave nectar, stevia, honey or sugar.

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set.

My girls get so excited when they hear the blender.  They know they either get a smoothie or that I am making popsicles.  Sometimes I add a scoop of Plant Fusion Vanilla Protein Powder.  When I do this, I will often give into their request to have popsicles for breakfast.  After all, they contain protein, fiber, vegetables and fruits!  Add some toast and it is a healthful breakfast!

I enjoy the leftovers in smoothie form.  If the girls are too impatient to wait for the popsicles to freeze, then they join in with me.:)

Green Smoothie Popsicles
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 frozen banana, peeled
1 avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out (optional, adds creaminess)
a large handful of kale (or spinach, or romaine)
water added for consistency
Add all ingredients into blender.  Continue to blend while adding water, until "vortex" forms in the middle.  You may have to stop the blender and use a spoon to stir occasionally.
Blend for a minute or 2, until kale is chopped into very small pieces. 
Pour into popsicle molds or enjoy as a smoothie.


  1. I peel my bananas, double bag, then put in the freezer. They freeze great this way and don't even brown.

  2. awesome idea!!! we just bought a vitamix a couple months ago and LOVE making smoothies!!

  3. Thanks for the banana peeling trick, I'd been waiting for mine to defrost before peeling...bummer! I'm going to get a new blender soon...a good one for this sort of goodness, can't wait to use your idea! Can you recommend good popsicle containers for me? The ones I used to use didn't work well: the stick would come off every time and the popsicle would stay in the container!

  4. Yum! My kids love fruit and spinach smoothies but I've never thought to freeze them into popsicles ... great idea!

  5. These look yummy, thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower :)


  6. Ohh how genius to add kale into a poscicle! This is like a super food pop! So healthy..love it!

  7. I always wondered what was in green smoothies. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. ooh this looks amazing, im definitely trying it!! x

  9. http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2011/06/easiest-popsicles-ever.html

    Thanks for the genius idea Amy! I featured these on the blog! :)

  10. Amy, I hope you don't mind, but I've shared your healthy living link over on Junk Loser on Facebook. This section is PACKED with great advice and wonderful recipes. Thanks so much!



  11. Yum. Can't wait to try these and share with others. Found your blog through Funky Junk and want to pass on the love.

  12. great idea, too bad mine did not turn out=( not sure why but they really weren't very green and no matter how long I blended those kale pieces are very noticeable. my kids won't touch em. I tasted the smoothie and it tastes good, but the look alone is keeping them away.

  13. @anonymous--it may be your blender? Do you have a very powerful one? also, take the thick ribs of the kale off or use spinach. Try putting only the leafy greens in the blender with water, then blend, then add the rest of the ingredients. Sorry it didn't turn out!!


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