>My friend Melissa shares with us a summer recipe that will sure make our summer days brighter!
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The alarm clock rests silently. School clothes give way to bathing suits. Sunlit evenings stretch before us. Summer has finally arrived. A recent stretch of brutally hot weather brings to mind my own childhood summers. Long days of playing until lightning bugs began to speckle the twilight sky. Drawing hopscotch boards on the pavement with the sharp edge of a rock, dancing under the water hose, and riding bikes to the store down the street. And the counting down of days until the ice cream truck would make its weekly appearance in the neighborhood. The colorful truck was full of enough sticky, sugary concoctions to tempt any child’s palate.
We don’t see the ice cream truck around here anymore. What I do see these days are grocery store aisles of frozen treats filled with sugar and preservatives. My family – your family – deserves better. I found this basic popsicle recipe online, and use it all the time. Homemade popsicles are simple and delicious. Best of all, they are packed with nutrition.
The basic recipe:
2 cups vanilla yogurt (or plain with a tsp. of vanilla extract)
1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of choice (or any combination)
1 Tbsp. honey
Blend well (I use an immersion blender, but a regular blender or food processor would also work great) and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
This recipe is adaptable for any taste. So far, we’ve tried strawberry, blueberry*, and strawberry/banana. Each flavor has been a hit. Up next – peach.
*I would recommend blending the blueberries alone before adding the yogurt and honey. The skins need to be broken down quite a bit.
Thank you, Melissa, this is already making my mouth water!
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>Great recipe, Melissa. Thank you!
>Becky,I found your blog by accident. Love it. I'm now following.~ Mona : )Mona’s Milestones
>Thanks for the recipe, Melissa. Commercial popsicles are have too much sugar for my taste, so these would be perfect.
>Thank you, Melissa 🙂 Your memories of your childhood sound remarkably similar to mine; although, with 5 siblings, the ice-cream truck melody was just one of many to blend into the rich assortment of sounds that collectively became known as 'summer'. We didn't think to ask if we could purchase its wares. My mother was one of the first to cook all natural and to try and avoid processed foods, bleached white flour, extra sugars, fat, etc. She oftentimes had us in the kitchen, making homemade treats such as this. It kept us busy, out of trouble, laughing together and extra-cool as we later savored, then slurped, the fruits of our labor and displayed our pleasure in fruit colored smiles. My 10 year old nephew just arrived to visit me for a week. With the temp going up into the high 80's,I believe we will make your recipe with blueberries! He will be one happy boy!Thank you for the trip down memory lane, the wonderful recipe and the delightful start to my morning. Blessings to you and Becky,Ruth