It's almost the 4th of July! Here's a great way to celebrate a Patriotic holiday at an outdoor party, out by the pool or outdoor gathering. Cool off with these ice cold, all natural and tasty treats! These popsicles might be cute for kids, but there's no reason the adults can't enjoy them as well. They're made with real fruit and colored by mother nature.
Red, White & Blue-ish~with No Food Color!
I'm such a stickler for fake food that even when it comes to sweets, especially if I feed it to kids, I want it to come from real ingredients. Mother nature is so colorful on her own, I just don't see why we can't create tasty natural good sweets with real ingredients. Real berries and fruit have all sorts of color and great sweetness without the need for unnatural additives.
For the red layer, I use a combination of strawberries & cherries. For the white layer I use a partially green banana, coconut milk and coconut flakes. The blue layer is probably obvious, blueberries (ok, so I know it looks more purplish than blue, but that's the best I could do with what mother nature gave me).
Only as Sweet as Nature
Just remember that your finished red, white and blue tasty beauties will only be as sweet as the good produce you use. If you use unripe non-organic fruit, they'll probably be a little underwhelming vs using good organic fruit with good color and stronger natural sweetness. I love using frozen berries for recipes like this because A) They're much less expensive, especially if you're buying them organic and B) they're just so darn convenient. Just pop them in your blender along with your other ingredients and you've got instant delicious sweetness for popsicles such as these or smoothies. I've also found the frozen organic berries to be quite sweet and flavorful on their own without needing to add a lit more honey or sugar.
There are so many cool and fun popsicle molds out there now. I happen to like and use these Sailboat and Rocket
that I got from Costco as a 2 pack. Amazon has a slew of other great popsicle molds to choose from though as well. If you've never made homemade popsicles you really need to give it a shot. It's as easy as throwing everything in a blender
If you like these popsicles and just need to make a festive patriotic treat for other Patriotic holidays or maybe a party for a troop returning home, blend it up and make this natural treat without all the chemicals and junk of most store bought popsicles. Besides tasting great, they'll impress with their look, especially if you're not much of a baker.
Give these Patriotic Pops a try and enjoy a cool healthy treat on a warm fun day!Print