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.
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.