ABC Mango Vanilla Smoothie Pops

Your kids (and you!) can cool off with this frozen treat without a sugar crash and while getting oodles of good-for-you fruit, fiber, and vitamins in these Apple Berry Cinnamon Mango Vanilla Pops.

 

These *silicone pop making sleeves are much easier to pour your liquid into and unlike a popsicle, less drips and clean up.

IMG_4503

*(I originally ordered a set of 4 on Amazon but the box was damaged so they sent me another! Now you can order a 4 pack or an 8 pack. It looks like it is cheaper to order two 4 packs than an 8 pack.)

 

What I love about this combination is that it makes over 40 ounces. I give each of my children a 6 oz. glass of it to drink right away as a snack and then prepare 8 pops to freeze (each holds a 1/2 cup or 4 oz.). The other benefit is that if they don’t like the smoothie, I don’t turn it into pops. But rest assured, this one is kid approved by my two and their friends!

IMG_4506

I used a combination that I knew would taste tropical to go with summer time and sweet enough to qualify as a treat. The vanilla extract is something I frequently use in my kids’ smoothies to give flavor without added sugar and the effects of cinnamon, fiber-protein-Omega 3 in the hemp seeds, and glycemic index of the berries helps too. I use a very small amount of vanilla but if you prefer, alcohol-free vanilla is available at some stores. A high powered blender helps if you are using mostly frozen fruit but you can make this with fresh fruit as well. You will be freezing the mixture anyway!

IMG_4501

Unlike popsicle making sets, the one down side of the ice pop maker set is that the individual sleeves cannot stand on their own and do not come with a stand. A simple solution for this is propping them up in a freezer safe container or glass as you poor the smoothie or juice in. You CAN lay them on their side in the freezer and will not spill if the caps are secured properly. Do not fill them to the rim but rather allow approximately a 1/2-3/4 inch of room for the cap.

IMG_4502

Then they are all set to go into the freezer!

IMG_4505

ABC Mango Vanilla Smoothie Pops

(Apple Berry Cinnamon Mango Vanilla Pops)

Charlotte Veggie Original

GF, GRF, NF, and DF depending on type of fluid used

Makes roughly 44 oz. = 8 pops + two 6 oz. smoothies was my result

 

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen mixed berries (or any one type of berry, fresh can be used instead)

1 cup frozen mango chunks (or fresh)

1 extra cup mango chunks or frozen pineapple tidbits

2 apples, sliced

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups water or milk or nondairy milk or any combination resulting in this amount

 

Directions:

Blend the above ingredients until it resembles a shake.

Pour into pop or popsicle maker of choice.

Freeze 6 hours or overnight.

IMG_4504

 

For another kid-friendly smoothie to drink or freeze, check out You Are My Sunshine Smoothie!

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts…

Brunch At Fern, Flavors From The Garden

Brunch At Fern, Flavors From The Garden

This month marks 10 years since I moved to Charlotte. I love it here more and more with each passing year. I am always exploring what is new, continuing my patronage at my favorite places, and really, expansion of all kinds has taken place over the last decade. I try not to think of the [...]

{ 1 comment }
Back To School Breakfast: Doughnuts!

Back To School Breakfast: Doughnuts!

Thank you for the big warm response on the Back to School: Lunch Box Ideas! That got me thinking of the first obstacle of the day - breakfast! The kids are often not hungry right away, still half asleep, and parents are trying to get anything into them before they leave. The school day is long [...]

{ 4 comments }
Bright & Balanced Banana-less Green Smoothie

Bright & Balanced Banana-less Green Smoothie

If you are not a green smoothie novice, want something less sweet, but still very palatable, look no further. This blend is refreshing and full of immune boosting vitamin C. It feels detoxing, fatigue fighting, and is just plain satisfying after travel or a major sweat session! Bright & Balanced Banana-less Green Smoothie Charlotte Veggie Original DF, GF [...]

{ 0 comments }
  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Charlotte Veggie