Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, keep reading. If not, still keep reading… there’s a delicious recipe headed your way! Here’s three reasons why you should make homemade popsicles today:
To keep the hunger monster at bay, you’ll want to add ingredients that promote satiety. Satiety is the feeling of fullness after eating that keeps you satisfied until your next meal. Choose foods with healthy fats, fiber, and/or protein to stay full longer. For example, by adding yogurt or another milk alternative, you’ve got a good source of calcium and protein. Stir in some nut butter, and you’re stirring in all three satiating nutrients (i.e. fat, fiber, and protein). Blend together different fruits and vegetables for even more fiber and a whole lot of vitamins and minerals.
They’re made from simple, delicious ingredients.
Anyway, the popsicle recipe I’m sharing today is one I made recently with leftover sour cherries. I had to add a little honey to balance the tartness of the cherries, but usually I’ll make them without any added sugar. These popsicles have two components: the berry/cherry mixture and the yogurt/banana mixture. You can either layer the mixtures for a marbled popsicle with distinct flavours (pictured), or blend the mixtures together for a creamier texture. Or: make some of each and see which you prefer!
Yields: 8 three-ounce popsicles
1 1/2 cups berries and/or pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
2 large ripe bananas
1 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek)
- In a small saucepan, simmer berries/cherries, water and honey on medium-low heat for approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove berry mixture from heat. Purée mixture with immersion blender (or food processor) until smooth. Pour into liquid measuring cup and set aside to cool completely.
- In a separate bowl, purée banana with yogurt until smooth. Pour banana mixture into liquid measuring cup.
- Divide half of the banana mixture evenly into popsicle molds, filling each about 1/3 full. Then divide the berry mixture equally between the popsicle molds. Finally, pour remaining banana mixture evenly between the popsicles.
- Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4 hours, or until firm. Note: If using wooden popsicle sticks, freeze for 30 minutes before inserting sticks into popsicles; then freeze until firm.
- To remove popsicle from mold, submerge bottom in room-temperature water for 15 seconds before pulling gently to release.