28 Jun Red, White and Blue Popsicles // Paleo Recipe
Fourth of July is RIGHT around the corner and I can’t tell you how much I love this holiday! Something about the summer heat, the independence celebration, the red, white and blue, and the feeling of togetherness makes the 4th of July the most fun and exciting summer holiday! Now that B is 2 and a half, we can talk about the holiday and do little activities to get him ready for the celebrations! He loves to help me in the kitchen and it’s so fun watching him realize that he’s created something, so I love creating kid-friendly recipes that mean something special! With this Texas heat, popsicles are a great way to cool down, so I decided that I’d take on the challenge of making red, white and blue popsicles!
In all honesty, I was really hoping these would turn out good because I love finding sweet options that fit my paleo lifestyle, but aren’t loaded down with fats! These red, white and blue popsicles and made with the colors of our favorite fruits – strawberries, coconuts and blueberries. How much healthier could they get? I decided to sweeten them, too, with paleo-friendly sweeteners like honey and vanilla extract. These are wonderful to make if you have some time to spare with you little one. They take a few hours to make, but they are SO simple. The most time-consuming part is the freezing! We made them throughout the morning and saved the most freeze time for nap time, so when B woke up, he knew he was getting a popsicle!
Like I said, I was hoping they wouldn’t be a bust… And they weren’t! These red, white and blue popsicles are SO yummy and B has asked for one multiple times a day, every day since.
Give them a try!
RED, WHITE AND BLUE POPSICLES
Prep Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes // Total Time: 2 Hours
Here’s What You Need:
Star-shaped ice pop molds
1½ cups of chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 cup vanilla coconut milk
4 ounces of vanilla coconut yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1½ cups of fresh blueberries
1 medium-sized slice of lime
- Blend together the strawberries, honey and cinnamon in a blender or food processor [I used our NOW Foods Sports Blender]. Pour the mixture into the molds until you’ve filled them each 1/3 of the way. Freeze this layer 1 hour.
- In a cup, stir the vanilla coconut milk, vanilla coconut yogurt, and vanilla extract until well blended. Pour the mixture into the molds until you’ve filled them each 2/3 of the way full. Freeze this layer for ONLY 10 MINUTES. You want them slushy, not solid, or else, you won’t get the popsicle base inserts in there and it won’t work – rookie mistake that yours truly made the first time.
- Blend the blueberries in a blender with the squeeze of lime. If you want this layer to be sweeter, add 1 tablespoon of honey. Pour the blueberry mixture into the molds until you’ve filled them each to the top. Add the popsicle bases to the tops of the molds and freeze this layer 1 hour.
- One hour should be enough time, but you can freeze them longer if you’d like. Make sure the pops are frozen solid before taking them out of the molds. To make this process easier, dip the bottoms in warm water and they should slide right out!
These red, white and blue popsicles were super easy to make and B and I have gone through them like crazy! We pulled them out during a playdate with B’s precious girlfriend, Emory and they were a hit! Thanks, Kristen Dee Photography for capturing these photos of them in style! [P.S. Bibs are recommended because the red, white an blue popsicles can turn into a red, white and blue melted mess!]