Is it just me or does every summer just get hotter? I am constantly finding ways to beat the heat. A year ago I posted some fun and creative ways to enjoy frozen mangoes. Now, my daughter has introduced me to more artistic and cool ideas, thanks to her love for Pinterest!
Originally, this activity required the use of popsicle molds. Though those looked adorable, I wanted to put my own stamp on the final product. As a child, I loved the ice-kendi my yaya (nanny) would make for us. She would take the juice and meat from fresh buko (coconut) and melons and freeze them in narrow, clear plastic bags. They were the perfect after school snack!
Fast forward to today and we are modernizing the treat, thanks to nostalgic emotions and the world wide web. My girls and I happily present to you our homemade Frozen Fruit Pops!
YOU WILL NEED:
1. Ice candy bags
2. A beaker with a spout and your favorite juice. Today we are using a pressed apple juice with no added sugar. White grape juice works as well. If you prefer something a little more healthy, coconut water, a freshly squeezed calamansi juice or fresh lemonade are good options. Veer away from darker juices like red grape and cranberry because the fresh fruit won’t be visible.
3. Fresh fruit of your choice. Today we are using kiwi and blueberries. My other favorite combinations are cucumber-melon and banana-strawberry.
1. Wash your fruit
2. Slice your fruit so it fits into bags
3. Fill bags a third of the way with fruit. Push down if necessary, just go gently so that the delicate fruit remains its shape
4. Add Juice to the bag slowly to allow it to reach the bottom and surround fruit completely. This will bind the whole ice pop when frozen. Allow it to come about half an inch above the last fruit piece
5. Knot securely and freeze overnight
This is truly a fun and healthy treat for both kids and adults alike. It is perfect for the stifling hot days that we have been experiencing over the last month. It also controls sugar intake. Though fruits are packed with sugar, it is still better than ice cream, candy or pre packaged frozen treats. Each pop has one good serving size of fruit (this particular one has less than half a kiwi and a handful of blueberries) plus approximately 2-3 tablespoons of fruit juice. So you load your freezer up with these easy to make goodies and ENJOY!!!