Kitchen Collaboration - Frozen Fruit Pops

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's no secret that I like sweets as much as the next person but since I have been paying more attention to what I eat I have slowly been eliminating processed sugars from my diet.  So what do I turn to in the hot heat of summer for a cool treat?  Homemade frozen fruit pops!

My clever and crafty friend, Cerrissa sent me a stunning image of a frozen fruit pop last summer and it took me a year to actually make these delightfully cooling treats.  We collaborated on this idea and taste tested our pops in the park.  We were not disappointed and now that I know how quick, easy, and rewarding they are I will be stocking these in my fridge every week until Fall!

Flavors (clockwise): Orange mango, strawberry raspberry, banana cashew cream, & watermelon lime

You can use any of your favorite fruits, fresh or frozen.  I've put together a recipe from my latest experiment for you but feel free to play around.  Just remember that the idea is to use fruit as your sweet, not refined sugar.  I have put a few tablespoons of maple syrup in my recipe because it helps the popsicle to be less icy.  I also noticed that the room temperature fruit mix tastes a bit sweeter than when it freezes but that's ok!  We are looking to cut back on sugar so that we can enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit, in return we will crave less sugar and that's a GOOD thing!
Cerrissa with fruit pop on a chevron print picnic blanket she made.  So crafty this one!
Checkout Cerrissa's blog,  She's an architect/interior designer/handywoman/crafter focused on the use of color to make a space feel more like home. There's no DIY I won't try!
Frozen Fruit Pops                            makes 8 twin popsicles
This recipe was developed using flavors that I like in my smoothies.  In the picture up at the top of this post I kept all 4 flavors separated but you can combine these all into one flavor or into two, whatever sounds good!  In the photo above I kept the second batch more simple and combined the orange mango with the banana cream and then I mixed the watermelon lime with the strawberry raspberry.


Banana Cashew Cream:
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup coconut milk (or preferred nut milk)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp maple syrup

Orange Mango:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (1 orange)
2 medium mangos, peeled and sliced

Watermelon Lime:
2 cups fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (1 lime)

Strawberry Raspberry:
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup watermelon lime mixture (if keeping layers separate)
1 Tbsp maple syrup


1.  For each layer all you need to do is prep/wash/peel your fruit and throw the ingredients into a blender.  Note: for the  banana cashew cream layer you need to put your raw cashews in a container, cover with water, and let them soak overnight.  Drain the cashews before adding them to the blender.
2.  Blend on high speed until the fruit is pureed to a smooth consistency.
3.  For each layer you want to add to the 1/4 - 1/2 mark (eyeball it) of your popsicle mold. Freeze for at least 30 minutes in between adding the next layer.  Don't forget to add your popsicle sticks after you fill your second layer!
4.  When you are ready to eat your fruit pops it is easiest to get the pops out of the mold by running the molds under warm water for a few minutes.


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