Happy 4th of July!

I tried making whole fruit, red-white-and-blue popsicles today and they turned out great!  I love treating my kids to fun snacks that taste delicious but are still so good for them.  When you make these, you control the ingredients – no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors here!  You still have time to make these for your kids tomorrow, or any day!  They were a hit!

We have popsicle molds, but if you don’t have those, try using Dixie cups with popsicle sticks.

Directions for 4 popsicles:

Peel and freeze 1 banana (overnight is best as this works best with a completely frozen banana).

Wash and pat dry 1 cup of strawberries and 1 cup of blueberries.

Freeze berries for a couple hours or until partially frozen.  Or, if frozen overnight, let them sit on the counter for a while to partially defrost.

Puree the strawberries in a blender and add to the bottom third of the popsicle molds.  I used my immersion blender for this. (I find that my beloved Vitamix doesn’t do so well blending small amounts.)

 

Place molds in the freezer for an hour or two until firm.

Puree the banana until you get yummy soft-serve banana ice cream.

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Add the banana on top of the strawberries and fill until the molds are 2/3 full.

Place molds in the freezer while you prepare the blueberry layer.

Puree the blueberries and add to the molds.

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Place the popsicle sticks into the molds (they will be able to stick into the blueberry and banana layers).

Freeze for 2-3 hours.

To remove, run under warm water or place molds in a bowl of warm water to loosen.

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Enjoy!  We sure did!

 

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