Monster Smoothie Ice Pops

Something my kids can not get enough of is ice pops.  Even in the dead of winter here in New England, they are chomping on them OUTSIDE while they play in the snow!  There are a few brands in the store that have no added sugar but offer no major benefit besides good taste and some vitamins from real fruit (if they even have fruit).  So while I was browsing Amazon for unbreakable kid bowls (for obvious reasons), I saw the completely adorable monster push up pop molds.  I couldn’t resist.  I clicked “buy it now” and in 2 days, I was holding them (I love the magic of Amazon).

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Because probiotics are so important in gut health, especially in people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, I decided to make these yogurt based.  I fermented  organic cows milk yogurt myself last week (incubated 12 hours to ferment out all the lactose). I use it in smoothies for the kids and basically used a smoothie base and poured into the mold. Voila! Beautiful monster smoothie push up pops!  This is a great one to let the kids help with.

MONSTER SMOOTHIE ICE POPS

1 cup almond milk (we used unsweetened almond milk I made at home from raw almonds but grocery kind would work too)

3-4 kid sized handfulls of frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple, mango, blueberries)

2-3 Tbsp of plain unsweetened yogurt (we used 12 hour home fermented yogurt)

1/2 cup of Orange juice or other juice (we did orange with a splash of black cherry)

In blender, combine all but the orange juice.  Blend well until it starts to thicken. Add as much OJ as you need to get a thick, but pourable consistency.Pour into ice pop molds.  Freeze 2 hours.  Makes 4 monster push pops and 1 kid snack sized smoothie.

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