Wednesday, June 2, 2010

0 Recipe #118: Frozen Red Raspberry Fruit & Yoghurt Popsicles For Summer!

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I just got this fabulous silicone popsicle maker from Amazon.com. No longer do I have to struggle to release fruit ice pops from their frozen plastic molds. (And we all know how tricky those plastic molds can be -- particularly the flat, oblong kind -- even after placing them underneath hot running water!) The silicone popsicle mold can be easily peeled off & there's no worry about it melting in the dishwasher either; silicone can withstand temperatures up to 600° F! They also have drip-proof holders and are the perfect size for adults and children alike. :)

Homemade fruit pops are a lot healthier than most of the ones found in the frozen aisles of grocery stores. It's a great way to encourage your children to eat healthy, sweet treats they are bound to like. After all, what kid doesn't like popsicles? :) Plus, they're a fun & easy project to make with kids. And let's face it, even the adults have just as much fun making & eating them too. :) For so many of us, they are a connection to childhood and the fond memories of that time period.

So, in anticipation of summer, I thought I'd post some fruit popsicle recipes here, which'd also give me a chance to play with my new kitchen toy. :) Here's the first recipe in the series.... Enjoy!


Frozen Red Raspberry Fruit & Yoghurt Popsicles

These are super-easy to make. It only takes a minute to blend everything together. :) They are a tart & refreshing treat on a hot day... like today! :) (It's supposed to get up into the 90's here again!)

Ingredients:
1/2 c. + 1 Tbsp. nonfat, plain (or vanilla) yoghurt
1/4 c. + 1/2 Tbsp. frozen raspberries
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
4-5 large, fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces (optional)

Directions: Toss everything into a blender & pulse until desired consistency has been reached. I like to still taste bits of raspberry in mine, so, for a chunkier texture, I only pulse just enough for the ingredients to combine, i.e., only a few seconds or so.  Pour mix into popsicle maker. In the silicone popsicle molds, it takes approximately 2 hours for them to freeze all the way through.

Yield: Makes enough to fill 4 Orka-brand popsicle molds. You might have to readjust quantities if you are using different sized molds. This quantity will probably also work for most Kinderfield or Tovolo brand molds as well, provided they are similar in total fluid ounces.

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