Five for Friday: Popsicle Edition

The weather is getting warmer, so obviously our snacks must become colder! Right? Right.

As I’ve said before, I love to cook with my kids. It was one of my 2016 goals, it’s something I’ve talked about doing previously on this blog, and I believe whole heartedly every single child should learn how to cook for someday when they don’t have parents cooking for them any longer. Add that to my love for trying new recipes and voila! We’ve come up with five popsicle recipes that are kid friendly to make and to eat. And mom approved for a snack(or a dessert!). On the plus side, every one of these recipes is five ingredients or less!

5 Kid MadeKid EatenMom Approved Popsicles

First, you need your popsicle molds. I found mine for 93 cents at WalMart; and they were still labeled as BPA free! There are a lot of molds out there, but I love this size for eating with the kiddos. They’re actually quite good for mamas sweet tooth too.

My kids helped me make all of these pops, varying from ages 2 to 13. The ratings on each pop are simple: five kids, every child who liked it earns that pop a point. Half points are awarded to pops that kids “sort of liked.” All you need for all of these are a blender, the ingredients, and the popsicle mold of your choice.

Strawberries and Cream

 

Strawberries and Cream:

 

What You Need:

-1 cup strawberries(frozen of fresh!)

-1 cup milk

-Splash of Sweet Cream coffee creamer.

 

What to Do:

-Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

-Pour into mold and freeze.

Rating? 3/5

Why?

I honestly thought this would be a huge hit but my children did not love it as much as I thought they would. The older three loved it, but my little two did not enjoy it at all. The four year old even told me that he didn’t like it at all. 

Tropical Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical SunPop:

 

What You Need:

-1 Grapefruit

-1 cup of Dole’s Mixed Fruit

-1 cup of water.

What to Do?

-Cut the grapefruit in half and spoon the insides into the blender. Being careful not to allow any seeds to fall in, squeeze any leftover juice in as well.

-Add in the cup of water and mixed fruit.

-Blend until smooth.

 

Rating? 3.5/5

 

Why?

My oldest loved this pop…and so did I! It was a tangy, tropical experience and I would eat it for breakfast or dessert; and has the health benefits for both. The four year old, however, rated this “too sour” and while my seven year old ate almost half of hers, she also let me know she was not a huge fan and would rather have chocolate in her treats. I guess that’s what I get for attempting a healthier popsicle, huh? You may be able to add some sugar for those older kids who have an idea of what sugar tastes like, but for the younger ones who aren’t really aware what super sweet tastes like, this is a huge hit. 

 

Banana Sweet Tooth

 

 

Banana Sweet Tooth:

 

What You Need:

-2 Bananas

-2 TBS of peanut butter

-1/4 cup of chocolate chips

-1 cup almond milk

 

What to Do? 

-Put the bananas and almond milk into the blender and blend until the bananas are smooth.

-Add in the peanut butter and the chocolate chips are smooth.

-Add a few chocolate chips into the base of the mold before pouring the juice in as a bonus treat!

-Put into the mold and freeze.

 

Rating? 5/5

Why?

I think it’s pretty obvious why this was the highest rated pop we’ve made! The kids absolutely loved it, probably because it was sweet, peanut buttery and of course, it had the bonus chips in it! I may have to buy a few more molds just to share this at Monkey’s birthday party instead of regular ice cream. They aren’t even that unhealthy for how sweet they taste; peanut butter, almond milk, and bananas are all delicious and nutritious food!

 

 

 

Banana Split Pop

Banana Split Pop:

 

What You Need?

-1 Banana

-1 cup of almond milk

-1 cup of strawberries

-1/4 cup of chocolate chips

 

What to Do?

-Put the banana, almond milk, and strawberries into the blender.

-Blend until smooth.

-Add the chocolate chips and blend until smooth again.

-Pour into mold and freeze.

 

Rating? 4/5

 

Why?

This pop was very, very sweet. I found it sweet personally, and it seemed sweet to the little guy I nanny. My children however loved it. The six year old was so excited to find the cherry in the middle and begged me to allow him to have a second to see if  there were actually cherries in every pop! 

 

 

 

 

Blueberriesand Cream

 

 

Blueberries and Cream

 

What You Need?

-1 Cup Almond Milk

-1.5 Cups Blueberries

-1/4 cup Sweet Cream Coffeemate

 

What to Do?

-Put blueberries and almond milk into the blender and blend.

-Add in sweet cream into blender and blend until smooth.

-Pour into molds and freeze.

Rating? 3/5

 

Why?

I loved this one, but my boys really did not. They seemed to think it was too sweet, which surprised me, because I believed it was no where near as sweet as the Banana Split Pop. A heads up warning though, this dies your lips and teeth blue/purple! And leaves seeds in your teeth. 

 

 

 

 

I loved making up these pops! Let me know if you try it! 

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