These patriotic popsicles are healthy, easy to make, and perfect for celebrating the fourth of July or any time you want to show off your patriotism.
With the coming of July, comes another beloved holiday, albeit one that isn't celebrated here in Spain. The Fourth of July isn't something I normally celebrate here.
It's easier to be patriotic this year, though, with the World Cup going on, and the US team still part of the competition. (Well, as I post this, at least. They are scheduled to play in around an hour.
After years of having Spain's team consecutively win the last few major competitions, the last two European Cups and the last World Cup, it feels strange to see them eliminated so early on.Usually it's the US team that has been eliminated, and I rout for Spain.
This year, though, it's the other way around, and I'm surrounded by neighbors with their German flags waving high.
It makes me want to show off my red, white, and blue too!
If we end up moving further into the competition, I may just have to come up with a patriotic t-shirt or bag or something for the blog, but for now, I'll begin with some patriotic Popsicles.
Fourth of July Patriotic Popsicles
I have begun reincorporating some fruits into my diet. Now that I'm starting to get fresh fruits from the trees at our house, and the heat has me craving them, the timing couldn't be more perfect. This is also the first year that my son is enjoying frozen treats. Up until now, he rejected all ice cream and Popsicles because they were too cold. This year he asks for ice in his water, and also loves “ice spream.”
I decided to go with some cups for my molds, not only because it's something most people have access to, but because I love the fact that they have flat bottoms for placing the stars!
I already had an ice cube tray with a place for making star shaped ice cubes. So, I made some white frozen stars with some yogurt, and put them into the bottom of my cup. If you don't have a star shaped ice cream tray, you can take a white fruit, like thinly sliced pears, and cut stars out of them with a star shaped cutter.
For the blue section, I puréed some blueberries and covered the stars with them. For the white layer, I used more greek yogurt, but you could also use coconut milk. If you want it to be sweeter, sweeten it with honey or another sweetener of your choice.
To keep the stick up and in place in the center of the cup, I poked a hole in some aluminum foil that I placed over top of my cups. I then stuck the popsicle stick through the hole in the foil, and into the layer of greek yogurt. Once the yogurt froze, the sticks stayed up on their own, and I didn't need to use the foil anymore.
For the red layer(s), I puréed some strawberries and poured them over the white layer. If you want to make stripes, of course, you can repeat the layering of white and red as many times as you like!
I didn't use any honey in any of the layers of my popsicle. I'm just coming off of the candida diet, and any sort of fruit already tastes sweet to me. My husband felt they needed a little more sweetness to them, though, and ended up drizzling some of my homemade “magic shell” over his. Of course, he prefers to add chocolate to just about anything anyway.
If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely want to add some honey or other sweetener, especially in the yogurt and strawberry layers!
They are pretty, easy, and healthier than the store bought Popsicles!
Fourth of July Patriotic Popsicles
- greek yogurt (or coconut milk, coconut cream, or coconut yogurt.)
- honey optional
- To begin, make your white stars by making "ice cubes" out of the greek yogurt. You can use coconut milk, coconut cream, or coconut yogurt instead to make these vegan and paleo. You can also sweeten the yogurt first if you want these to be sweeter.
- Meanwhile make a puree with your blueberries. You can add a little honey into the puree for sweetening.
- Add a white start to the bottom of a flat bottomed popsicle mold. I used small cups with a flat bottom.
- Immediately cover them with your blueberry puree and freeze again.
- Once frozen add a layer of yogurt or coconut. Place the popsicle stick into the yogurt layer. I used some aluminum foil to hold the stick up, and then placed them into the freezer to freeze the stick in place.
- Puree your strawberries; you can optionally sweeten the puree with honey.
- When your yogurt layer is frozen, cover it with a layer of strawberry puree and freeze again.
- Follow the process with one more layer of yogurt and one more layer of strawberry puree.
- When you are ready to serve them, you can ease the popsicles out gently by warming the sides of your cups with warm water while you gently pull on the stick.
Happy Fourth of July to all, and good luck to the US soccer team!
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