Thursday, June 30, 2011

Homemade Bomb Pops - Happy, Healthy July 4th


Remember those red, white and blue Bomb Pops you used to eat as a kid? I bet you never looked at the ingredient list. And I bet—now that you're all grown up—you don't want your kids consuming the numerous sugars/syrups, gums, and artificial colors and flavors in the packaged pops.

So, I decided to make a homemade version featuring actual fruit, juice, and even a touch of greens. Does it taste the same as the pop you buy from the ice cream truck? Nope. Will you feel good about giving these to your kids? Hell yeah.

I should note that my ingredient list is just a foundation for you to build on: feel free to make them sweeter or icier by adding more juice, creamier by tossing in some banana or yogurt, etc. Play around with them till you find the bomb pop that's right for your family!

Ingredients:
yield: 6 pops, using this mold. I didn't use the sticks that came with my mold, opting instead for craft sticks (for authenticity!).
  • 1 1/2c strawberries
  • 1oz + 1oz 100% fruit juice (I used cranberry-raspberry)
  • 1/4c + 1/4c frozen chopped kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 c chopped pineapple
  • 1-2oz light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2c blueberries
Put the strawberries, about 1 ounce of juice and 1/4 cup kale into a blender (I actually just used a hand blender). 




Blend until smooth and pourable; if it's too thick, just add a bit more juice. Pour into your molds, filling about 1/3 of the way. Freeze for about 30 minutes, or until it is frozen but not solid (you'll need to be able to push the tip of the pop sticks into it). 




While you're waiting for the red layer to freeze, rinse out your blender well. Then add the banana, pineapple and coconut milk and blend until smooth.



Push the tip of each stick into the red layer. Carefully pour the white layer on top, filling about another 1/3 of your mold.


Again, put in the freezer so that the white layer has a chance to freeze. Then rinse out your blender again before adding your blueberries, juice and kale. Blend until smooth.



Once the white layer is sufficiently frozen, pour in the blue layer and freeze.




The blue is really more of a purple....but that's what happens when you use something from nature instead of from a laboratory.


Happy July 4th to everyone in Full Belly Sisters Land!

16 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lauren!

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  2. Very clever, a layered DIY pop impressive. Seems that what the bomb pop looks like without the chemical bomb. Happy 4th.

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  3. THAT is awesome, and makes buying molds (which I've been unsure about) totally worth it. My kids would flip (and the kale makes us all happy). Thanks so much!

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  4. would the pops turn out just as well without the kale?

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  5. fullbellysistersJune 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I don't see why not - it's there more for a nutritional boost than, say, texture. You can certainly try it with just the fruit! Let us know how you like them!

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  6. fullbellysistersJune 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    We get a lot of use out of our popsicle molds, especially in the summertime!

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  7. Love these..especially the kale with the strawberries!  They look fierce!

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  8. Thanks, Lisa!

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  9. This is wonderful Justine!!! Can't wait to make these with my girls. :)  So glad you shared it again!

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    1. Ooh, goody, glad you like them! Hope you and your girls have fun making them.

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  10. fullbellysistersJune 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Also shared at the linky party at Amee's Savory Dish: http://www.ameessavorydish.com/2012/06/fit-and-fabulous-fridays-38.html

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  11. fullbellysistersJune 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Ooh, I do hope you gals like them!

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  12. I love this makeover recipe for bomb pops!!!  Also, I am with you on the food dyes....scary stuff!  Thank you for bringing these awesome treats to Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

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  13. fullbellysistersJuly 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Thanks, Amee!

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  14. We have made these a few times already. So delicious. My girls love them - they are fun for the preschooler because she likes to hold the popsicle and fun for the baby because they are cold. And of course they are fun for me because no dyes, all fruit, easy to make and a way to sneak in some kale! :)

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  15. fullbellysistersJuly 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I'm so glad they're a hit with your family! And I really appreciate your taking the time to come back and post a review - thank you :-)

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