Lately I have become obsessed with all things popsicle. I suppose this obsession has been dormant for awhile, as I was a popsicle fiend as a kid, but since moving to PDX I have craved all matter of iced treats. It started with Sol Pops at the Saturdays farmers’ market, but soon morphed into an uncontrollable urge to eat all meals in frozen form. It has not helped that summer temperatures here are well into the nineties and inching towards over a hundred. So to satiate my craving for popsicles and to save us some money, I have been making homemade versions nonstop. Once I located popsicle molds (at Powell’s no less), I set about freezing the contents of our refrigerator and then moved on to other recipes. Popsicles can be as simple as freezing store bought yogurt or fruit juices or more elaborate concoctions. Here are some ideas:
Blackberry Nectarine Yogurt Popsicles
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Handful of fresh or frozen blackberries
1 small nectarine, chopped
Honey, to taste
In a small bowl, add the yogurt and enough honey to sweeten to your liking. In a blender, puree the blackberries and nectarine. Slowly fold the pureed fruit mixture into the yogurt. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least four hours.
Rice Pudding Popsicles
1 cup rice pudding
1/2 cup skim milk
Dash of Cinnamon
In a small bowl whisk together the pudding, milk and cinnamon until it reaches a soupy consistency. Pour into molds and freeze for five hours. You can substitute any pudding for the recipe. Kozy Shack makes several good, gelatin-free varieties. Chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne pepper or a swirled chocolate and vanilla are some other ideas.
Mango Chili Lime Popsicles
1 mango, diced
Add the mango and the juice of one lime to a blender. Add salt and chili powder to your liking. Puree the mixture. Add additional seasoning if necessary. If the mango is not sweet enough, add a splash of orange juice. Puree a second time, then add the mixture to popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.
Kiwi Lime Popsicles
2 green kiwis
2 golden kiwis
Scoop the flesh from the four kiwis. Add the fruit and the juice of one lime into a blender. Puree until smooth. Fill molds and freeze until the popsicles set.
Jalapeno Peach Popsicles
1 cup diced fresh peaches
1/4 cup orange juice
1 diced jalapeno, seeds removed
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. If the peaches are not sweet enough, add a dash of sugar to the mixture. Pour into molds and freeze for several hours.
Cherry Chip Yogurt Popsicles
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Handful fresh cherries
1 teaspoon sugar
In a small bowl combine the yogurt and sugar. Pit the cherries and chop into small pieces. Grate as much chocolate as desired. Fold the fruit and chocolate into the yogurt mixture. Pour into molds and freeze several hours.
Other ideas: any combination of fruit, juice and yogurt; kefir; simple syrup flavored water; coffee.