DIY Fruit Pops

Popsicle molds are one of my favorite things ever. I love that I can decide exactly what goes into the popsicle and that they end up costing pennies each.

Sometimes when I make too much smoothie, I will just pour the excess into the molds and they make great popsicles for later.

My latest one is so easy and are a hit around here. It doesn’t require any prep work and literally only takes a minute to make. All you need are pineapple bits (either fresh or frozen) and rice milk.

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Just fill your mold with pineapple bits.Then pour your rice milk into it until it reaches the rim. Rice milk may sound a little weird but it has a really subtle taste and gives it a slight creaminess. I used to use just water and my kids still loved them, but I found it was like they were chomping on ice…not good. The rice milk freezes softer and is more chewy like a popsicle.

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You can also just fill mold with mixed fruit and top off with coconut water.

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I think it’s a little too sweet, but no kid would ever agree with me on that. These would be good on really hot days as coconut water is a good way to replenish electrolytes.

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There are so many different popsicles you can make with these, especially if you branch out with a blender and other ingredients. I love to hear your favorites!

 

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No-Bake Energy Sticks

I’ve noticed that we have become a little reliant on granola and other fruit bars for our kids when we are out and about. They are easy and convenient but I know they are full of sugar and really have no nutrients.

I decided to try these no-bake energy bites and see how they went over at our house.

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You can swap out any ingredients you like, but here is what I used.

1 cup oats
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut

When you look at the list this way, you realize how great these things are:

1 cup soluable fiber, dietary fiber, and protein (oats)
3/4 cup vitamin E, fiber, and protein (almond butter)
1/2 cup natural sweetener (honey)
1/2 cup antioxidants (raisins)
1/4 cup fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, and calcium (chia seeds)
1/4 cup omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans (flax seeds)
1/3 cup fiber (coconut)

A less expensive way to make these is to buy exactly what you need from the bulk section at Whole Foods. It is much cheaper than buying a whole bag of each ingredient.

I love how easy these are! Just take all of your ingredients and put them into a bowl and mix together well.

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Place mixture in the refrigerator for an hour or so to harden a bit. Then you can take it out and break into small sections on a cookie sheet and put back in the refrigerator for another hour or two. These will last about a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Many recipes suggest making balls, which is fine.

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I decided to make sticks because I felt it would be an easier, less-messy way for small mouths to eat them.

DSC04944The only downside to this is that they end up looking like cat turds. So if you have kids ages five and older, get ready for a morning full of poop jokes!

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