Sweet Leaf

Finding Beauty through Baking ~by Susan Baxter-Peace

Healthy Popsicles July 22, 2013

I look at the title of this post and I just have to laugh at myself, because it really bothers me when people feel the need to preface something with “healthy.” It makes me very skeptical that it’s actually healthy; and if it actually is healthy it probably won’t taste very good to me.

I did, in fact, set out to try and make some healthy popsicles that tasted good. I cooked up some apples and strawberries, and pureed them into sauce with a couple tablespoons of honey, and scooped them into the popsicle molds. I had visions of a tasty, fruity treat on a hot summer day. The first one looked very appealing when I popped it out of the mold, that nice, deep strawberry red.

At this point I should mention that I have issues with texture. I do not really like things that are mushy or goopy (oatmeal, rappi pie, roasted eggplant etc.), and various other textures give me various unimpressed reactions. So when I bit into that delicious-looking popsicle my heart sank as my tongue reacted by saying “um, no.” The flavour was good, but the texture was not to my liking. It was, of course, like frozen applesauce, and as it started to melt in my mouth it became applesauce, instead of a refreshing liquid like a regular popsicle.

I have to say that for me my attempt at healthy popsicles failed; and I should also confess that I am a sugar-water popsicle junkie, so maybe it was doomed from the start!

On the up side, I gave one of the popsicles to my two-year-old, and she kept saying “mmmm, yummy” as she licked away at the healthy treat, so at least they won’t go to waste!

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