Tasty Tuesday Treat #2

Realistically in North America we are heading into Autumn and many of us may not be thinking of summer heat treats, but I do.

Often cold treats like popsicles are kept for steamy hot days, if you have a sore throat or are recovering from a tonsillectomy. But truthfully, I have developed a new love for popsicles and have plans to keep trying new flavour combinations throughout the winter.

Recently I whipped some up, I could not believe how quickly it went. The best part, they got a thumbs up from the kiddos, they had no idea they were healthy versions.

Now, I have a list of combinations to play with, I want to make a green popsicle next, stay tuned.

The two fruity flavours played with this week,

Raspberry Lemonade (Red popsicle)

Really simple, but I made a mistake in the process of learning. When using raspberries, even frozen one you either have to come to terms with – there will be seeds, which I found out the hard way, or removing them by straining the mixture through a sieve or cheesecloth before putting it in the mold. Lesson learned. On a note.. We had them with seeds anyway.

For this Red, oh my gosh my Granddaughter loved it seeds and all

2 1/2 cups of raspberries ( i used frozen)

3/4 cup water

2 tbsp of honey (adjust to your taste)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp lemon juice

Blueberry Lemon (a purple coloured popsicle)

One of the littles who visit is very sensitive to apple juice which is often used in popsicle recipes, so this was a whole new adventure. In a blender (or use whatever equipment you have) and blend until smooth:

2 1/2cups of blueberries (I used frozen, because I had them)

1/2 cup water (but use apple juice if you like)

1/4 cup honey (4-6 tablespoons)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp lemon juice (add more to taste)

Pour into mold.

*** If you do not have a mold – Place small cups on a tray or baking sheet, pour mixture into cups, cover each cup with tin foil and cut a little slit in the middle of the tin foil on each cup (use a small knife) . Slide a popsicle stick into each slit. Freeze for 8 hrs or overnight or until firm.

To release from mold or cup run water (not hot) along the outside edges of container, gently twist the spoon or stick and the popsicle will easily be removed.

Have fun and enjoy.

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