Popsmoothies!

7 Jul

The other day as I was wandering around aimlessly in the kitchen supplies section of Rainbow Grocery, I stumbled across the coolest random purchase ever: reusable popsicle molds.

Needless to say, I bought them. And realized that they were potentially the answer to my problem of eating all the ice cream in the world when I get too hot. You see, I live in one of the warmest neighborhoods in San Francisco (which really isn’t saying that much, since “hot” for San Francisco is like 70 degrees), and I also live in a neighborhood where I happen to be right next to both St Francis Soda Fountain and Humphry Slocombe, two of the most delicious ice cream options in the city.

So as soon as I get even the slightest bit uncomfortably warm I tend to say “OH I NEED TO GET SOME ICE CREAM.”

But now I have another option! POPSICLES! And whats even better is that the first step to make these popsicles is to make a SMOOTHIE! It’s a twofer!

To prove how amazing these popsicles are, I took some sexy pictures of people eating them. So make sure to scroll to the bottom for some food porn (safe work work, I swear).

INGREDIENTS:

(This makes enough for a BIG smoothie and 6 popsicles. Cut it in half if  you only want one or the other)

2 cups cold water

2 cups frozen fruit (Any kind! How exciting that you get to pick! Or mix and match!)

1 cup sliced banana (frozen or fresh)

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

1 tablespoon almond butter (optional)

Juice of one fresh lime (optional, but DELICIOUS)

INSTRUCTIONS:

I’m not gonna lie, this recipe is less about specific amounts and more about throwing shit into a blender until you think it’s the right consistency and flavor. The first popsicles I made were just fruit and water, and weren’t that satisfying. So this round I added honey and almond butter, two ingredients I put in my breakfast smoothie, and am a lot happier with the taste. So play around with what you put in- The only things that are important are the water, some sort of frozen fruit(s). Some other things to consider adding are yogurt, soy milk, peanut butter, and maple syrup.

You don’t have to add the banana, but it helps give a nice “creamy” texture and an additional layer of flavor. Oh, and I learned something the hard way: If you’re going to freeze the bananas, make sure to peel and slice them BEFORE you put them in the freezer. If you just throw the bananas in the freezer whole, they turn into black mushy bananas of doom (and defrosting them WON’T WORK).

Anyways, put the water and fruit in the blender. And blend! Then add the fruit. And blend! Then add the additional random stuff (in this case the honey, almond butter and lime juice). And blend! Blend well, my friends- the worst thing is pouring your smoothie and learning that it’s actually a chunky-ie.

To make the posicles, pour the mix into the popsicle molds, leaving a little room for expansion. Put them in the freezer and leave them alone for at least 4 hours. I know it’s tempting to take them out early, but if you don’t let them freeze all the way the popsicle stick will just slide out of the half-frozen mix and then you’re fucked. When they ARE ready, run the mold under warm water or hold it for a few minutes to make it easier to slide the popsicle out.

To make your smoothie, pour the mix into a cup and DRINK IT.And now, FOOD PORN!

    

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2 Responses to “Popsmoothies!”

  1. Ruby V July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    !!!! Now I need a Popsicle STAT! I remember these molds from when I was a kid in So Cal, so very awesome. Nice pics too! tee hee….

  2. Alyssa July 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    This is awesome and timely, because my sis bought me some reusable popsicle molds for my bday and they’ve been lonely in my cabinet cuz I had no clue what to put in them yet. I’ll try your recipe and report back… I’m thinking strawberry lime. NOM.

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