Summer is here and that means lots of popsicles in our home! We’ve been making our own popsicles since our little cub was teething. It’s a great way to sneak in some greens and of course, skip the sugar!
Grandma DiDi dreamed up these piña colada popsicles in a yoga class a few months back. She truly never stops thinking about food. 😉 We are thankful she had that moment in yoga because these are delicious! Not to mention they only take 10 minutes to make.
Seven ingredients, that’s it. Almonds, dates, pineapple, banana, coconut, yogurt and lime. Easy peasy!
We started with the cub cutting the dates in half and taking the pits out. Every little chef needs the right tools and we think Curious Chef makes great kitchen accessories for toddlers. They are not paying me to say that – I truly like them!
Back to the recipe – Pulse the almonds and dates until they are blended into a fine crumble.
We found the perfect popsicle mold at Target and they are just the right size for the cub. If you are in the market, they are called Koji Ring popsicle mold. You can also use an ice cube tray with popsicle sticks or your own favorite popsicle mold.
Grandma DiDi shows the cub how to scoop the almond and date mixture into the Koji Ring popsicle mold. The cub is excited to show Grandma DiDi which hole is next. After all the molds have a teaspoon of almond mixture, use the back of a spoon and press the crumble tightly into the form. Set aside the rest of the almond and date mixture as you will need it later.
Using your food processor again, have your cub help add the rest of the ingredients. Squeezing the lime juice was a fun and a new experience for the cub. Blend together until all ingredients are well-mixed. The pineapple can be in small chunks.
The cub scoops a teaspoon size dollop of the yogurt mixture into the mold. Repeat a layer of the almond and date mixture and then another layer of yogurt mixture.
Stop and taste your creation!
Lastly, place the mold handles on the top and make sure just a small amount of mixture squeezes out of the sides. Pop them in the freezer for two hours and then enjoy!
They are as delicious as they look. Hurry, go make some – your cubs will love them!
This cub sure does! Do you have a favorite popsicle recipe? We want to hear about them.
Piña Colada Popsicles
(Makes approximately 8 Koji popsicles)
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 small banana
1/4 cup pineapple
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/8 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
- In a food processor combine dates and almonds. Process until mix is a fine crumble and set aside.
- Fill base of the popsicle mold with thin layer of almond/date mixture. With the back of a spoon, press the mixture down packing it tight.
- In the same mixer, blend yogurt, banana, pineapple, lime juice and coconut. Pineapple can be in small chunks.
- Layer with a scoop of yogurt mixture. Repeat the layers one more time.
- Drop popsicle handle in and make sure you can see the yogurt mixture lightly squish out the sides of the handle.
- Place in the freezer for two hours and enjoy!