We're talking homemade popsicles, gelato and ice cream here. It is surprisingly easy and the flavor is remarkably similar (or superior, depending on who you ask). All you need is a blender, fruity ingredients, some BPA free popsicle molds and a freezer.
1. Greek Yogurt Strawberry Popsicles: 1 cup yogurt, ½ cup milk (cow or almond) 1 cup strawberries (3/4 cup for puree, plus1/4 cup minced), 1 tbsp maple syrup. Add all ingredients (except reserved strawberry bits) into blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl, add bits, and then fill up 6 popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.
2. Mango Gelato: 2 cups frozen mango, juice of half a lime, 2 tbsp coconut cream (the solid part of the coconut milk in the can, when the can has not been shaken), 1 tbsp maple syrup. Puree everything in a blender, serve right away or transfer to container and leave in freezer.
3. Chocolate Chia Ice Cream: 1/2 cup soaked almonds, 2 tbsp of chia seeds soaked in 1/3 cup water, 50 grams of melted 99% chocolate, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of honey. Add all the ingredients to the blender with an additional 3/4 cup of water, blend until uniformly smooth. Transfer to used ice cream tub and freeze for about 5 hours before serving (any longer will produce an unworkable product).
I'd love to hear about your favorite real food summertime treats… post them in the comments below.
Happy popsicle making,