Patriotic Triple Fruit Layered Popsicles

I always felt like frozen treats were one of the iconic symbols of summertime as a kid!  Dripping-down-your-arm ice cream cones or otter pops in the sprinklers, the jingling tune of the popsicle man coming near MY street as I ran through the house frantically looking for coins..These are fond memories I have of warm childhood summers!  

For my kids, the job of helping me think of colors and flavors of frozen desserts, is lots of fun. They have no idea how healthy they are. Our American Independence Day is the perfect excuse to bring our Red, White, and Blues into the freezer.  Today we made coconut cream, probiotic yogurt, triple fruit layered popsicles. Strawberries, Bananas, and Blueberries were the chosen fruits.  It takes a little more time to create the layered look when making a popsicle, so if you like simplicity, just triple one of these flavors and create a one-flavor popsicle. You won’t be disappointed.  Instead of dairy yogurt, you can also used cultured coconut milk yogurt, which is fantastic in this recipe too.  The coconut cream over coconut milk, makes a softer, creamier treat. These are far more nutrition than most store-bought varieties of popsicles you’ll find, and packed with flavor!

Recipe makes 6 traditional-sized popsicles

Ingredients

  • Traditional Popsicle mold or 6 paper or plastic disposable cups and 6 wooden sticks
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • 1 cup Vanilla yogurt
  • 2/3 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 6 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 large banana or 1/2 small (fresh or frozen)

 

Directions

  1. Pour together in your blender 1/3 cup coconut cream, 1/3 cup yogurt, and 1/2 banana. Blend until well combined.  Pour contents out in a dish and place in the refrigerator.  Rinse blender if needed.
  2. Next, in your blender, add 1/3 cup coconut cream, 1/3 cup yogurt and strawberries. blend until well combined. Pour contents out in a dish and refrigerate. Rinse blender if needed.
  3. Finally, in your blender, add 1/3 cup coconut cream, 1/3 cup yogurt, and blueberries. Pour or lightly spoon contents in the bottom third of your popsicle mold. You may need to wipe the mold above your mixture clean with a paper towel to prepare for your next color. Freeze for about 20-30 min.
  4. Remove from freezer and add your second banana layer.  Again, you may need to wipe clean above the white layer to keep colors from mixing. Place in the freezer another 20-30 minutes.  Then repeat with the final strawberry layer, pouring over the white banana later. Insert sticks into your popsicles and place triple layered popsicles into the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and pour under warm running water if using traditional plastic molds. If using plastic cups, you can do the same. If paper cups, you can peel them off.