It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s a perfect time for frozen pops!
This past week, the Cowie Clan enjoyed visiting family on the sunny coast of South Carolina. During our stay, we packed in lots of good times.
We took several bike rides on the paths that wind through the Southern scenery;
we walked on the beach in search of seashells
and we took a boat ride through the inter-coastal waters in search of dolphin and other sea creatures.
We checked out a couple of local eateries in the area,
Java Burrito - LOVE!but mostly we enjoyed hanging out at home, barbecuing and cooking our own creations.
For dessert one of the evenings I made fruit popsicles using fresh local peaches. Most popsicles found in the market are not worth buying, let alone eating, loaded with artificial colors and sugar (and by that I mean high-fructose corn syrup). These Creamy Dreamy Peach Pops are made with real fruit, fruit juice, yogurt and milk making them a nutritious and refreshing dessert or snack.
The Peach Pops are layered goodness- one layer is sweet and citrusy with the addition of orange juice, the other tangy and creamy with the addition of almond milk and Greek yogurt. I used home-made vanilla extract in the creamy layer to go along with this month’s “Spirited” Recipe Redux theme. Vanilla extract is super simple to make and gets better with age (recipe here).
For more healthy pop options, check out the June 2014 issue of Cooking Light. I'm wanna try the Cucumber-Chili-Lime Ice Pops using a few cukes from my garden!
until next time...
Dreamy Creamy Peach Pops
- 2 cups Peaches
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice
- 1 cup Almond Milk (or any type milk)
- 3 ounces Plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Peel and chop peaches.
- Blend together 2/3 cup peaches and orange juice. Fill popsicle molds halfway and freeze for at least an hour. For a fun effect, tilt mold sideways while freezing.
- Blend together remaining peaches, yogurt, milk and vanilla extract. Fill the pop molds with the milk mixture. Insert the sticks. Freeze until solid, about 5 hours.
- Remove from freezer, let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing from molds.