cartoon by marc johns.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Peach & Blackberry Summer Popsicles

Peaches & Cream.
Making popsicles is a great, easy, and fun way to deal with an excess of fruit. Especially when it is hot, making a pie or cobbler seems unappealing, and eating a refreshing ice cold popsicle cannot sound better. All you have to do is blend the fruit of your choice until it is a juice and add any flavoring you want. The possibilities are endless...you can even make "adult popsicles" by adding alcohol before you freeze them. All you need are popsicles sticks and molds and you are good to go. I have the Zoku pop maker, which is like a box you keep in your freezer that contains the molds. The box is lined with a liquid that gets very cold and transfers the cold quickly, so all I have to do is take the box out of the freezer, pour in my liquid, and I get pops in 7-9 minutes. It's great, but any popsicles molds will do...the plastic ones that you put in the freezer once they are filled will just take longer to freeze solid (like 20-30 minutes).  For these pops, I chose fresh peaches, lime zest, frozen blackberries and kefir yogurt. Kefir is an Icelandic drinkable yogurt-type product that is nonfat and has no sugar added. It contains many vitamins and nutrients, lots more protein per ounce than traditional yogurt, and still has the probiotic benefits of yogurt. You can buy it at Trader Joes. It is a great option to add to smoothies as well. Anyway, these popsicles are a refreshing, healthy, and not-too-sweet snack. Try em out!  This recipe makes enough to make about 8 popsicles (obviously depending on the size of your molds).


peach mixture:
3 medium ripe peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
1/8 cup of water (more if necessary to blend peaches; it depends on the amount of juice in them)
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons of agave (optional, if peaches are not sweet enough)
3 oz. frozen blackberries, crushed into bits (I used frozen because they are able to be crushed without being smushed)

kefir mixture:
zest of 1 lime
1 cup kefir, unsweetened & plain flavor
2 tablespoons of agave nectar

1. Put peaches, water, and lime juice into blender and blend until smooth. Taste, and if necessary, make sweeter by adding agave. (Note: adding fake sugars like Splenda can prevent the popsicles from freezing properly. I just used agave because it is liquid in form, and I didn't want granules of sugar to change the smoothness of the pop). Set peach mixture aside.

Peach juice.
2. Mix together the kefir, lime zest, and agave. 

Lime zest.
Kefir mixture.
3. I made popsicles both by adding in crushed blackberries to the peach mixture and by adding it to the kefir mixture; it just depends on which you think is prettier. If you want to do layers of defined different colors instead of having the two mixtures blend together, just put one layer in and freeze for about 5 minutes, then pour in the next layer, so on and so forth. These make a great pick-me-up healthy snack on a hot day. Enjoy!

Crushed blackberries.

Close-up of blackberries in the kefir layer.

The one on the right has blackberries in the peach layer instead.


1 comment:

  1. I love popsicles! And the fact that they are made from fruits and thus much healthier than the ones we eat from outside! Thank you so much for the recipe.


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