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{Healthy} Tropical Fruit Popsicles

Healthy Tropical Fruit Popsicles | Mama Papa BubbaWith 1/2 a crate of mango in the fridge and our supply of banana fudgesicles and avocado kiwi pops dwindling after last week’s burst of hot weather, Gracen I set out to make a yummy new batch of popsicles this afternoon. And yummy they are! The combination of mango, pineapple, coconut, and lime makes them taste just like something you’d sip on vacation while sunning on a gorgeous beach… Delicious!

IMG 9668Here’s our lineup of ingredients… Pineapple chunks (we used frozen because it’s what we had on hand, but fresh would be even better), mango chunks, a lime, one ripe banana, coconut milk, and Grae’s addition – unsweetened shredded coconut.

Juicing LimeWe began by juicing our lime and threw both the juice and the pulp into our food processor…

IMG 9676Along with everything else, except the shredded coconut.

IMG 9681Then we blended everything up until completely smooth while this little monkey gave our food processor some love.

IMG 9683Next, we added the shredded coconut and gave the mixture just a couple of pulses to mix it in.  At this point, we had a little taste test and decided to add in a teaspoon of good honey because our mango was very tart (totally optional, of course).

IMG 9686Now while it does mean dirtying another dish, I always like to pour our popsicle mixture into a large measuring cup before filling the moulds.  It’s so much easier and quicker than clumsy me attempting to pour straight from the food processor.  Of course, if you use a blender, this won’t be an issue.

IMG 9691After I fill the moulds, Miss G’s job is to place a ‘stick’ in each one.  When she was done, she desperately wanted a popsicle to eat (particularly, “the green and blue one on the riiiiiight”) .

IMG 9687Luckily, the disappointment that came with me telling her they’d need to sit in the freezer for several hours first was kicked to the curb with the offer of drinking up the leftover mixture, smoothie style.

IMG 9781Healthy Tropical Fruit Popsicles

  • 3 small mangos
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • juice and pulp from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • honey (optional)

Juice lime and add both the juice and pulp to a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add the shredded coconut and pulse just long enough to mix it in.  Taste your mixture and add a small amount of honey if desired. Pour into moulds and freeze for several hours.

Enjoy!

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Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana BitesOnly I would try to amp up the nutritional value of bananas… Haha! I kid. (Kinda.)  The truth is, Miss G has been on a two ingredient ice cream kick lately.  After asking for it for the third afternoon in a row, I decided it was time to switch things up a little bit.  Though we’ve made frozen banana pops before (which Grae loved), I wanted to try something smaller and easier to snack on this time around.  So along came the frozen banana bite.  With only 3 ingredients, they’re a breeze to make, plus, dare I say they taste like banana cream pie? I do.

IMG 0941Here’s the ingredient lineup… Bananas (ripe, but not overripe), roasted ground flax seed, and cinnamon.  

IMG 0943Start off by peeling the bananas and making sure all of the white stringy things are removed.

IMG 0946Chop them into coins (maybe about a half inch thick?) and set them aside.

IMG 0947Next, pour some roasted ground flax seed into a container with a lid (or a zip close bag).

IMG 0949Enthusiastically dump some cinnamon in too.

IMG 0950Put the lid on the container and give it a little shake.

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Next, place the banana coins on top of the cinnamon/flax mixture.

IMG 0960Place the lid on the container again and shake until all of the banana coins are well coated.

IMG 0961Next, place the coated banana pieces onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

IMG 0962Place the tray in the freezer for at least an hour.

IMG 0966Serve them frozen to your excited toddler and watch them disappear. (Without a word of a lie, Gracen gobbled up our entire batch – and that was after a full meal!)

 

Frozen Banana Bites (that taste like banana cream pie)

  • 2-3 large ripe (but not over ripe) bananas
  • 3 tablespoons of roasted ground flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Peel the bananas and slice them into coins about a half inch thick, then set aside.

Put flax seed and cinnamon into a container with a lid or zip close bag and shake.  Add the banana coins to the flax mixture and shake again.  Place the coated banana pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put in the freezer.

After about an hour in the freezer, the banana bites will be frozen, but still a tiny bit soft, making them perfect for serving.  If you aren’t serving them right away, transfer the bites into a airtight container.  When you’re ready to eat them, you can serve them completely frozen, or let them sit on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes beforehand (my preference).

Enjoy!

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