Easy // 10 mins // 5 Cups Popsicle Mix
This is such a fun kitchen hack. Popsicles made w/ stuff from around the house. We all have random disposable cups and containers and extra chop sticks, coffee stirrers & ice cream spoons here are there. Recycle & reuse. Dogs love ‘em too! Be mindful of any allergies your pooch has before blending up the mix. Get the kids involved. Have them help pick the fruits & let them taste the mix from start to finish. And of course, let them feed the first one to Rover!
- 1+ Quart Harvest Fruit (I used apples, plums, grapefruit, orange & a little tomato & lettuce too)
- 1 Cup Harvest Frozen Fruit Cubes OR
- 1 1/2+ Cups Fruit Juice
- (Opt) Coconut Oil Spray
- Optional Additions for Peeps & Pooches
- Trail Mix
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts & Nut Butters
- Sweeteners if desired (I used only fruit)
- For People Only
- Protein Powders
Blend the fruit w/ enough juice, yogurt and optional ingredients to make a thick puree. The blender should move freely, so don’t make it too thick. Find some cups. I like to use 2 oz sizes or just pour about 2 oz mix into larger cups. This size works well to be eaten before it melts in your hands. I spray the cups lightly w/ coconut oil spray for both flavor & ease of pop-sicling out.
I put all the cups and one ice cube tray on a small sheet pan lined w/ paper towel. Pour the mix into all the cups and the ice cube tray. If you have a little left, add a splash of sparking water and some voddy or tequila and toast the pops as they hit the freezer. Set a timer for an hour and a half.
When the timer goes off, the sicles will be frozen enough to hold up their sticks. Coffee stirrers cut in half, chopsticks cut in thirds, little ice cream spoons & cute little wagashi sticks from the Japanese market all work great. Return to the freezer and freeze solid. I leave them over night. I leave half the ice cube tray without sticks for the dogs.
For parties add an adult beverage. Try apples & plums w/ brown liquor. Citrus & tropical fruits w/ tequila or rum, berries w/ voddy & more. I added a wee bit of tomato & lettuce to mine. Those background notes are a good way to get the kids to warm up to new flavors, subconsciously.