Sunday, August 31, 2008

Smoothie Popsicles

We had a BBQ at our house last night, and I wanted a tasty dessert for the toddler guests. Since we were going to be outside, it was the perfect night to make popsicles!

Smoothie Popsicles
Prep time: 15 minutes
Freeze time: several hours

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tsp agave nectar (or 2 Tbsp sugar or 2 Tbsp honey)

Puree the blueberries and strawberries together in a blender until very smooth. Press the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl; this will help remove the majority of the skins and seeds. Pour the mixture back into the blender and add the yogurt, vanilla extract, and agave nectar (or sugar or honey) and blend until very smooth. You may want to taste and add more sweetener as necessary.

Pour the smoothie mixture into popsicle molds and put in the freezer to freeze for several hours (or overnight). This batch filled five of my Crate & Barrel popsicle molds. Serve to delighted toddlers.

These were a big hit with our toddler guests! As Abby did not eat much dinner, I was thrilled to give her a "dessert" that was so low in sugar. I had just found the agave nectar at Whole Foods and was delighted to try it out - it sweetens without having too much of its own flavor, which is nice (unlike honey, which makes everything taste honey-like) and a little went a long way.


amy said...

I just made these pops a couple of weeks ago. The secret ingredient? Spinach! The kids (2 and 4) loved them and I was pleased have them eating greens in such a convenient way.

Kara said...

What a neat idea! I imagine you can sneak lots of things into popsicle form - maybe our next attempt should be liver-and-onion-sicles! :-)