Most of you might know the concept smoothie-popsicles. Well non the less it’s an amazing concept we should take a look at. Cause we are getting closer and closer to the magical season ‘SUMMER’, and I begin craving ice-cream on a daily basis, what to do! The simple solution here is smoothie in a mold, check! Healthy, easy and allowed several times a day. Another reason for me to dive into the ocean of popsicles this summer is that I really want my little monkey to be allowed to eat all the ice cream that he wants to, because that’s just what it should be like to be a child, and here smoothie popsicles are perfect, healthy and able to nourish those little darlings just as we want to.
The important thing when making smoothie popsicles is taking texture and flavour, especially sweetness, into consideration. You want a creamy, soft popsicles that has a perfect sweetness. The thing that happens when you freeze stuff, it is that the sweetness is reduced remarkable. So even though you have a smoothie that is just a tad too sweet to drink eg. as breakfast, it’s not certain that is would be sufficient as a popsicle. Meaning you have to add extra sweetener to the popsicle base. As for texture, it helps using fruits that have a lower content of water to make the popsicles as creamy as possible (eg. banana, mango, avocado), and use a liquid that has a fairly high content of fat (eg. coconut milk, full fat yoghurt).
These popsicles turned out great. Release them from the mold and wait a few minutes, then you’ll be able to bite into a semi-soft popsicle with a creamy texture. You can definitely add more honey to increase the sweetness if you feel like it, this could also be done if you have a mango that is less ripe and sweet. And remember if you want to make baby friendly popsicles avoid dairy (if your baby is less than 1 year) and honey, instead try coconut milk and omit the sweetener.
Tropical Yoghurt Popsicles
Makes 8 popsicles
1 very ripe mango
2 passion fruits
150 g yoghurt or creme fraiche (preferable min 3% fat)
2 dollops of honey
Peel the mango and cut of the flesh. Cut the passions fruits in half, and scrape out the seeds and juice. Add both and the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the smoothie into popsicle molds, add a popsicle stick in each and freeze for 3-4 hours.