Recipe: Firecracker Pops from Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet

It's summertime! Celebrating the 4th of July this week and the hot weather out here in Boulder Colorado has inspired us to make some of the delicious treats from Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet by Christine Chitnis. These vibrant Firecracker Pops are appropriate to make for your next picnic or birthday party this summer. They're also great if you need to cool down with a healthy snack!

Our Online Course Manager Jade recommends the wholesome and easy-to-make popsicles from the book so much that she admits she'll often have one right after breakfast! A great idea.

Firecracker Pops

These pops, with their bright stripes of red and blue, bring to mind the Fourth of July. I’m always amazed by the vibrancy nature provides, eliminating the need for food coloring or dyes. Raspberries create the bright red stripes, while blueberries impart their gorgeous bluish-purple hue for the alternating stripes. Bananas and a dash of honey sweeten the deal, while plain whole milk yogurt provides the creaminess. Feel free to use Greek yogurt if you prefer a bit more of a tang. These festive, colorful, and delicious pops are always a crowd pleaser.

Makes 12 pops

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen bananas
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt, divided
1/2 cup almond milk, homemade or store-bought
1 tablespoon honey, divided
1 cup frozen raspberries

Directions:

1 In a blender, combine the frozen blueberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of the yogurt, 1/4 cup of the almond milk, and 1/2 tablespoon of the honey and blend until smooth. Pour into a pitcher or glass measuring cup and give your blender a quick rinse.

2 Combine the frozen raspberries and the remaining banana, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup almond milk, and 1/2 tablespoon honey in the rinsed-out blender and blend until smooth.

3 Pour a small amount of the raspberry mixture into your pop molds, followed by a small amount of the blueberry mixture and alternate until the molds are full. For the most part the stripes will hold their place, as the mixture will be thick (work quickly before they have a chance to thaw and become runny); however, if you want perfect stripes, you can stick the molds in the freezer for 30 minutes after every stripe to set the color before adding the next stripe. Insert sticks and freeze for at least 3 to 4 hours, until hardened.