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How to Make Healthy Frozen Smoothie Treats

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The recipes for the four different frozen pops/popsickles/treats in this article all derive from the popular smoothie drink. Smoothies are a delicious way to take in refreshment and nutrition in a creamy, smooth liquid. The recipes you find here are all what I would consider optimally healthy frozen smoothie treats: there are no high fructose corn ingredients, no artificial sweeteners of any kind, no MSG flavouring agents, and no neon-bright artificial colors-- just natural ingredients chock-full of vitamins and minerals that you want for yourself and your children. And the wonderful thing is: they taste as good as they are for you! As a matter of fact, don't tell your children that you are making some "healthy popsickles"-- just let them taste them!

Delicious AND Healthy Coco-Almond-Banana Frozen Smoothie Treat-- Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, No Fructose, No Preservatives

Delicious AND Healthy Coco-Almond-Banana Frozen Smoothie Treat-- Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, No Fructose, No Preservatives

Ingredients for the Coco-Almond-Banana Frozen Pops

  • The following makes about 6 frozen Pops: 3 Bananas, ripe, frozen, chopped into 1
  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa (I used Raw Cacao Powder)
  • 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I used Maranatha Raw)
  • 8 ounces Almond (or other) Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Sugar Cane crystals, (NOT artificial sweeteners which are not healthy and stick to the inside of the popsickle maker)

Instructions:

  1. Whisk up the Cocoa, Sugar, Milk together in a cup until quite well mixed
  2. Put frozen Banana pieces, Almond Butter, and Cocoa Mix into a high speed blender or other blender or food processor, and blend/pulse until very well mixed. There can be some small Banana Chunks if that is okay with you/your child, but the Cocoa should definitely be well blended.
  3. Pour mix into your pop-maker forms or device (I use a Quick Pop Frozen Treat Maker) and freeze and serve as per instructions. This also makes a yummy fudgey sorbet, or of course, with more milk, a brain-freezing smoothie.
Strawberry-Banana Frozen Smoothie Pop-- 3 ingredients-- every bit as yummy as it looks!

Strawberry-Banana Frozen Smoothie Pop-- 3 ingredients-- every bit as yummy as it looks!

Ingredients for the Strawberry-Banana Frozen Pops

  • the following makes 6 frozen smoothie pops
  • about 35 small or 20 medium-sized ripe Strawberries
  • 2 ripe, frozen Bananas, chopped into 1" - 2" segments
  • 8 ounces of Almond Milk or Water (or other unsweetened juice, mylk)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender, regular blender or food processor and blend/pulse until consistent. A few small chunks of strawberry and banana are permitted for texture.
  2. Pour into freezing device or containers and freeze and serve as per directions.
Nectarine-Banana-Cinnamon Frozen Smoothie Treat

Nectarine-Banana-Cinnamon Frozen Smoothie Treat

Ingredients for the Nectarine-Banana-Cinnamon Frozen Smoothie Treats

The following ingredients make 6 frozen smoothie pops:

  • 8 ounces of Coconut Milk (or other milk)
  • 2 frozen Bananas, cut in 1" - 2" chunks
  • 2 ripe organic* Nectarines, stone removed, cut in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon natural Sweetener (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender, regular blender or food processor and blend/pulse until consistent. I find that this particular ice bar is much nicer if it is blended thoroughly with no chunks.
  2. Pour into freezing device or containers and freeze and serve as per directions.
Frozen Savory Smoothie Pop-- a more sophisticated frozen treat

Frozen Savory Smoothie Pop-- a more sophisticated frozen treat

Ingredients for Frozen Savory Smoothie Pop

This is my fave grown-up frozen smoothie pop... it has a little honey in it for sweetener, but the rest is like having your dreamiest, most refreshing salad ever... after you make the 6 treats if there is some of this left, just drink it!

  • 3-5 leaves of Baby Romaine Lettuce
  • 3-5 leaves of very tender (Baby) Arugula
  • Pint of ripe Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • pinch Cayenne (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender, regular blender or food processor and blend/pulse until very smooth.
  2. Pour into freezing device or containers and freeze and serve as per directions.

Here is another Frozen Treat Recipe

  • Homemade Honey Peach Sorbet
    Nothing is more summery than fresh peaches, and nothing is more welcome on a hot, sultry day than a bowl of homemade honey peach sorbet.

Comments

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on August 01, 2016:

Hi Vespawoolf, You are most welcome... My memory fades over the years and I find it handy that I wrote up this article to refer to in the hot summer months when there is nothing so refreshing as a drink that is not chock-full of high glucose corn sugars and other curious ingredients. I hope you do try almond mylk (or any of many nut milks-- hazelnut is wonderful, brazil nut is to die for). Enjoy, and thank you for dropping into this languishing page to leave your kind comments! ~Cynthia

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 01, 2016:

These all sound delicious. I´ve never tried almond milk in my smoothies. I think it´s time to try it! I like the idea of freezing them into popsicles. And the savory smoothie really intrigues me since I try to control my intake of even natural sugars. Sounds like frozen gazpacho! I´ll get the ingredients and try it soon. Thank you for sharing these delicious recipes.

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 03, 2014:

Super MsDora! Lucky kids who get an invitation to sample your treats! My grandkids are not too keen on various fresh fruits and vegs but seem to love smoothies, especially this Popsicle variety, so they are even a way to deliver covert nutrition. Enjoy! (And thank you for your comments!)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 03, 2014:

These ideas come in very handy for me. All of a sudden, I find myself making treats for the kids (I have none in my house). I guess it give my spirits a lift when I add a treat to their day. Will try one of your recipes today.

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 10, 2014:

Kerlund74- the strawberry-banana ones are definitely one of my favourites as well... along with the chocolate ones... thanks for your kind comments!

kerlund74 from Sweden on March 09, 2014:

Sounds delicious and even better that they are healthy snacks! I'd go for the !Strawberry-Banana Frozen Pops":)

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on May 22, 2013:

idigwebsites you are so welcome... hope you try a couple and enjoy them!

idigwebsites from United States on May 21, 2013:

Oooo wow! All of the popsicles you made here are so tempting! Thanks for sharing. :)

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on April 05, 2013:

thank you for your comments Insightful Tiger-- these are as healthy as you want to make them! Enjoy! ~Cynthia

Insightful Tiger on March 30, 2013:

Wow these look great and healthy too?! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try them. Voted up and pinned.

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on February 28, 2013:

thanks Ed! Especially in the hot weather it is a good way to eat well ; )

ed on February 28, 2013:

A great way to eat well and like it

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 30, 2012:

thanks Rob-- I hope you enjoy them!

Rob Winters on July 30, 2012:

Tasty & Healthy and i'm sure the kids will like em'.Will have to give these a go Cynthia. Up & Useful (i'd have clicked a 'tasty' button too,if they had one :-))

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 12, 2012:

thanks for your comment wavegirl22-- I was just showing this hub to my granddaughter and she was shocked to find out that Grandpa and I had already sampled the various frozen pops without her... so, I don't think it is unthinkable that you too could sample some while kiddo is at camp (just a thought)! All the best, Cynthia

Shari from New York, NY on July 11, 2012:

My mouth is postivily watering for the Strawberry Banana frozen pops. For sure this recipe will be used in my kitchen as soon as the little one comes home from camp!

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 01, 2012:

thanks Shushil... maybe you will try some of the other ones? Maybe you have another combination that you would like to share as well? I appreciate your kind comments!

myownlife from london on July 01, 2012:

Great recipe, Ingredients for the Strawberry-Banana Frozen Pops it is really good, I frequently have it. really great

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 01, 2012:

Thanks Dexter... keep cool this summer!

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on June 28, 2012:

Hi Techygran! What an absolutely wonderful hub! The recipes looks great and I especially like how you laid out the instructions and the photos!

I am certainly going to make these! Thank you!

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