|Delicious, raw vegan,strawberry popsicles - only 20 calories!|
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Getting Ready for Summer Fun
My grandson is coming this summer to visit, as he does every summer. We have a folder called "10 days of fun" which we have been filling with ideas of things to do while he is here. He has recently taken an interest in cooking, so I thought one of the "fun" ideas would be to make popsicles. I will put this recipe in the folder but I'm hoping he will invent his own favorite concoction.
|My 10-year-old grandson, Xavier, loves to cook!|
Ice Pop Maker
You don't need a mold but they are very inexpensive and make the process pretty fool proof. The results also a lot more professional looking.
I bought a Norpro Ice Pop Maker for under $13 on Amazon and an extra bag of popsicle sticks for another few dollars. Some people just freeze the fruit mixture in a tall shot glass or ice cube tray and place a popsicle stick in it when it starts to freeze. But using a mold is a lot easier.
|This frozen pop maker produces a nice looking popsicle!|
Here's a recipe, but like all recipes, it is just a suggestion.
Use any fruit or juice. Use your favorite sweetener or none at all. I love stevia because it's safe and calorie free. You can also blend fruit with non-diary milk or yogurt. The combinations are endless!
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Sugar-Free Strawberry Popsicles
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free
[makes 6 popsicles]
1 pint strawberries
4 packets stevia
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Wash strawberries, remove tops and thinly slice.
Place in a bowl and sprinkle with stevia. Let sit for 10 minutes.
|Slice strawberries and add stevia.|
Placed in a food processor with an S-blade. Add lemon juice and process until it reaches the consistency of tomato sauce.
|Processs until almost smooth.|
Pour into molds but leave about 1/4 inch at the top to allow for expansion. This recipe will make about 6 popsicles.
|Fill popsicle mold with strawberry mixture.|
Place the lid over the filled molds and insert sticks.
|Place lid and insert sticks.|
Pop in the freezer unit frozen, about 4 or more hours, or overnight.
|Place in the freezer.|
To remove the frozen popsicles from the mold, briefly submerge the popsicle maker in a large, deep bowl - the depth of the popsicles. Leave in for 20 to 30 seconds, until the popsicles slide out.
|Dip in a large, deep container filled with warm water.|
You can eat them right away, although you might want to return them to the freezer for another hour, wrapped in wax paper, to harden up a little.
You can store these in the freezer, wrapped, for a few weeks.
* Per popsicle: 20 calories, 0.2 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 39 mg omega-3 and 54 mg omega-6 fatty acids, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber and 1 mg sodium.