Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to find a new homemade, frozen treat recipe to create.
Level of Commitment: Baby Steps
I’m sure most of you have made something homemade for the freezer before, but it’s just that time of year to have fun with the freezer, isn’t it?
There’s always something new you can do.
Maybe you’ve always wanted an ice cream maker and this is the summer you get one.
Maybe you’ve been eyeing up frozen bars on Pinterest, like one I made from one of those ebook sales – it had a grain-free crust, almond butter filling, and chocolate-coconut topping. We called them "frozen homemade Twix bars," and they were definitely a treat!
If you need popsicle molds, here’s where to find them, and use the coupon code STEWARDSHIP10 for 10% off your order. (Or you can use Dixie cups, but they’re not quite as convenient.)
If you need a great recipe, you can browse or follow the pin board the folks at Mighty Nest share with me: Real Food Popsicle Recipes for Summer
We’ve already collected almost 30 recipes, and I need to get out of there before my keyboard gets covered in drool.
Because I want to endanger other keyboards as well, here are some of the recipes we’ve tried this month…
Homemade Whole Foods Popsicles
First we tried these chocolate pudding pops made with avocado, but even though my kids love the "chocomole" from Healthy Snacks to Go, which is similar, folks only sort of liked these. I think the coconut milk thins out the chocolate and sweet flavors, and I wasn’t a fan of the added cinnamon (even though I love cinnamon!). Strange, eh?
That brings us to my first popsicle making tip: make a small batch with a new recipe.
And also to a benefit of the Kinderville molds: They don’t drip all over like a popsicle on a stick.
They do get messy in other ways, especially with pudding:
Our next attempt was a tried and true favorite: I modified one of the recipes on this post and used equal parts (or so) coconut milk, orange juice, and fresh strawberries. Amazing.
Also, if you have a bit left in the blender, it’s quite a fun adult drink for date night with a little splash of vodka.
How did we make so many popsicles in a few weeks, you ask? The second benefit of the Kinderville molds is that they’re dishwasher safe, and they really get clean quite well (except the avocado pudding, which understandably got stuck in the bottom a bit. We got it out with a bottle brush).
Then I made these Strawberry-Mango Mint Popsicles, but I didn’t want to buy a mango, and apricots were on sale…hence my third tip. Don’t use apricots in anything that’s not sweetened.
I even tried to pour everything back into the blender after I tasted the mixture and realized it was toooooo sour, which is super easy with the Kinderville molds (bonus!)…but the honey all stayed on the bottom of the blender. Phooey badooey. We put honey directly on the popsicles and could eat about half before the kids said, "Not worth it." The toddler, however, drank a popsicle’s worth of leftover mixture! To each their own…
I have a feeling that if you like mint, you’d love the actual recipe.
Finally we tried another tried-and-true treat that we hadn’t made in a while: Probiotic Fudge Bars from Smart Sweets. I think we all liked them even more than we remember! They use yogurt cheese, plenty of cocoa, pure maple syrup, and egg yolks for extra creaminess. Oh, my:
Leah is demonstrating another cool part about the Kinderville molds: push-up pops! My oldest, who knows what push-ups are, thinks this is particularly nifty.
They’re pretty easy to get out with a quick run under warm/hot water. Even the toddler managed to not have fudge all down his chest, although he was ready:
If you want some, be sure to hop in the giveaway where 3 winners will each get a set (and I share another favorite feature in that post).
As far as drawbacks to the molds, they do fill up quickly. Having only four means that I almost always had popsicle mix leftover, even with quite small batches. As I mentioned above, my husband and I reclaimed one partial batch for adult drinks, and some others went into "little bites" molds that I also received from Mighty Nest – they’re designed for making a freezing baby food, but they work alright as (really messy) popsicles:
Don’t forget to use the STEWARDSHIP10 code if you want to get some molds, but above all: MAKE SOMETHING FROZEN!
Let’s fill the comments with other great ideas!
What’s your favorite frozen summer treat?
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post to Amazon from which I will earn some commission if you make a purchase. I don’t get anything from the sales of the ice cream book; it’s just a really yummy book. I did receive products for my review from Mighty Nest, but they didn’t pay anything for this post or my opinions. We just had fun pinning together. See my full disclosure statement here.