This is almost the last of my strawberries, but it is not the end of summer fruits as many more are coming into season. I have now had some cherries, cantaloupe and blueberries from the market. My own blueberries are starting to show some color. Time for some Healthy Summer Treats – many from your own garden.
Aside from the obvious: Serving up cut cantaloupe or watermelon or eating whole fruit like blueberries, there are other healthy deserts that you can make yourself, with little effort.. There are many wonderful homemade Popsicle recipes, ice cream or frozen fruit.
Since my twin grandsons went on a gluten free, soy free, corn free, milk free diet, my son has had to look for alternatives to their favorite treat – ice cream (mine too). I got them an ice cream maker so that they can make up batches of ice cream with milk, cream and soy substitutes along with their favorite fruit or chocolate. The boys Love it.
Homemade Ice Cream – Use your fruit to make Homemade Ice Cream It is very tasty and usually more healthy than store bought. Almost any fruit can be cut or blended and turned into a basic ice cream or ice yogurt recipe.
But there is an even simpler alternative – Homemade Popsicles. There are so many wonderful homemade Popsicle recipes that are so much healthier than the expensive colored sugar water Popsicles that they sell in stores. I make them for myself when I don’t want to bother with the ice cream maker.
I had become very addicted to Trader Joes spicy mango Popsicles until they discontinued them. I then I thought to myself, why not buy the frozen mangoes, make a slurry in a blender, add some cayenne pepper and freeze them. It would be a lot healthier. So I found some BPA free molds. I have been having fun, not only making mango Popsicles, but using other frozen fruit and fresh summer fruit to make them.
Home Made Popsicles
This is how I make them. I figured how much volume there was in all the Popsicle molds (mine hold about 3 Cups). Then I use whatever fruit I have on hand (fresh or frozen) to make the Popsicle mixture.
. I use some yogurt (plain or vanilla) as a base
. Add fruit to make mixture and blend.
. Sweeten with frozen orange juice (or your favorite sweetener.) (The more natural and low cal the better) Or leave without sweetener. Many fruits are sweet enough as is.
. Fill molds
. Freeze and enjoy.
There are tons of popsicle recipes online. I have collected a bunch on Pinterest.
. Use any kind of melon blended up and frozen. This makes a wonderful Popsicle.
Cut Melon Frozen
For that matter, an even easier thing to do would be to cut your melon (any kind) into large chunks, put toothpicks or Popsicle sticks into them and freeze.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas
One last treat that I have been making is not so low cal, but it is decadent.
. I take a banana, and cut it in half.
. Then I insert Popsicle sticks.
. I then melt two large squares of bittersweet chocolate and dip the bananas into it. (I used Ghiardelli’s bittersweet chocolate.)
. Place on wax paper and freeze.
This is Soo easy, and Soo delicious. I do think that you can find milk free chocolate so my grand kids can have some of these too.
The possibilities are endless. The treats are much better than anything you can buy and much healthier.