For all of these reasons, it’s a great idea to make your own frozen treats. All you need to get started is a popsicle mold or two (choose BPA-free plastic, I found mine at HomeSense but they are also easy to order on-line), or even just some small disposable cups and some popsicle sticks. Most smoothie recipes can be frozen into popsicles easily. Even 100% organic fruit juice frozen in molds is a better option than most commercial popsicles.
Here is a delicious, easy recipe to get you started. When the molds are empty, just whip up another batch and re-freeze.
Natural Fudge Pops
Oh holy creamy! These are divine. I have to admit, I was a lover of fudgesicles as a child. In fact, anything cold and chocolate was a hit with me. But I’m not a big fan of what’s also in the commercial brand, in particular the high fructose corn syrup. I wanted to come up with a natural alternative and I think I hit this one out of the park, but you be the judge!
- 2/3 c. pitted dates
- 2 c. coconut milk
- 2 bananas
- 4 tbsp dutch-processed cocoa
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp natural vanilla
To prepare: In a food processor, ﬁnely chop the dates. Then add the remaining ingredients and process until well-blended. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze at least 4 hours, or until solid. Makes about 6 large fudge pops.
Wendy McCallum, LLB, RHN, is passionate about providing busy parents with the tools & support they need to feed their families wholesome food, so everyone can play, learn, and feel better! She is a mother of two terrific HRM kids, aged 7 &8. For information and recipe ideas, visit her website.