Popsicles

You couldn’t tell with our balmy 38 degrees this morning that we’re getting close to summer. 🙂 My kids have 2 weeks of school left and I know they’re going to want to spend a lot of time outside when that 2 weeks is up. And of course that means that they’ll be wanting cool, refreshing, not to mention hydrating snacks when they get tired. It would be so easy to go buy a box of Freezies. But I can’t. I might as well just give them a tablespoon of sugar. Instead, I’m going to attempt to make my own Popsicles this summer. A friend of mine told me just last week that she makes Popsicles using chocolate milk and bananas. How simple is that? Use 1 cup of chocolate milk (try Almond or Rice milk if necessary) and 1 ripe banana. Blend it up in your blender or food processor for a bit and pour into Dixie cups to freeze. This is a nice thick consistency, so you can put the sticks in right after you place them in the freezer.

I also found a Fruity Strawberry Popsicle recipe at Recipezaar that sounds yummy. It has milk (or milk substitute) strawberries and yogurt. I’m looking forward to trying this one. 🙂

Finally, there are always frozen bananas. Just cut your bananas in half, insert a Popsicle stick and freeze them on some wax paper for at least an hour. Frozen bananas are fun because they seem like a Popsicle even though they are all natural. But you can always add your own sugar if you must by coating them in chocolate. Its fun to do that every once in a while. 🙂 Or, you can make a small bowl of chocolate fondue to dip them in. Personally I like to heat up about 1 TB of chocolate chips and 1 TB of peanut butter. Yum! (This is a great treat for Grandma and Grandpa to make if they know the Grandkids will be stopping by later.) 😀

Or just drop some fruit into ice cube tray to freeze… grapes, berries, pineapple, oranges, even canned mixed fruit. I haven’t tried that, but that might be really fun! Let the kids be involved in the process. When you’re at the store let them pick out some fruit to freeze or to try their own Popsicle creation. And let me know what you come up with, or if you have some other great ideas!

Have a great day!
Antoinette

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