Thursday, August 11, 2011

Healthy Frozen Berry Treats

A few months ago, I was visiting my friend Patty and I saw this package for Silicon Ice Pops on her table and I made a comment about them.

She was getting them for her daughter who lives in Portland. Maybe it was the bright colors or maybe it was that I'd seen an article about making your own Popsicles but suddenly I wanted to get some of these fun frozen treat holders.

DIY Popsicles are a great way to insure your own frozen desserts are healthy ones.

I could give one package to my daughter.

Or I could keep the silicone ice pop covers and enjoy the treats myself.

Of course, I bought two packages at Mrs. Cooks, my favorite cooking store in Seattle. That way, I could give one as a cool gift and keep one for myself.

One problem was apparent right away; there weren't any instructions or recipes included in the package. And I'd accidentally recycled the article with the recipes for making Popsicles.

But how hard could it be to figure out how to make them?

I used fresh strawberries, but if you have fruit with seeds like raspberries, it's probably better to strain the seeds by pressing the berries through a strainer.

First I measured how much liquid I'd need by pouring water into one. Once I knew that, I went to work. I made it with a bit of coconut milk, but you could try yogurt, cream or soymilk.

Here's the recipe:

Frozen Orange-Berry Pops
(Makes 4 pops)

1 pint berries, washed
1 tablespoon orange zest
Juice of 1/2 orange
Pinch of salt
Coconut milk as needed (from aseptic package)

1. Place berries in a strainer and press berries to get the juice, if berries have seeds. For seedless berries, place them in a blender with orange zest, juice and a pinch of salt. (The tiny bit of salt helps bring out the sweet tones.)

2. Puree, adding coconut milk to make 2 cups. Pour mixture into each silicone sleeve. Place cap on and freeze in an upright position so liquid doesn't start to spill out.

3. Remove from freezer and take off cap. Run water over the silicone cone until the pop pushes out easily.

The perfect remedy for the dog days of summer.

The other problem is the lid detaches and I can see some cones with lost lids in my future. Until then, stay cool and enjoy the sweet flavors of summer.


Torviewtoronto said...

lovely treats for summer

Debra Daniels-Zeller said...

Thanks. I love it when simple ideas work out!

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free said...

Darling doggie...yummy-looking popsicles, too!

Joan said...

what a great idea! I like this new twist on fav summer reminded me to get out my Donvier and make some granita before summer's over! You take the best pictures!

Debra Daniels-Zeller said...

Thanks so much Joan; ever since I upgraded to a different camera I'm having so much fun with taking photos. I'm trying to get as good in my garden as you with capturing bees and interesting insects.

Amy said...

These are absolutely perfect healthy treats. Never seen these silicone pop moulds and I think they are convenience. Thanks for sharing.

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Debra Daniels-Zeller said...

Thanks Amy, I'll check it out!