Baking - Desserts, Ingredient Insights

Healthy Popsicles

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!

Baking - Desserts, Ingredient Insights, Recipe

Wondrous One Ingredient “Ice Cream”

For those of you who can’t have sugar, dairy or eggs, this one’s for you! All it takes is bananas. We were very surprised at how easy this “ice cream” was to make, and how tasty and creamy it was. Like banana bread, it works best with very ripe bananas. All you need to do is slice up the bananas (I used about one banana per person and it was more than enough), spread them out on a plate, freeze them for a couple hours, and then blend them up until they’re creamy. And voilà, a delicious, creamy treat fit for pretty much anyone!

You can also add various things to enhance the flavour; I put in some vanilla bean paste and cinnamon. The page where I found the recipe, which you can find here, has all kinds of suggestions of things to add in: maple syrup, peanut butter, cocoa powder, Nutella, etc. I haven’t had a chance to make it again to add different things, but they all sound delicious! We found it was at its best when eaten immediately. We had some leftovers to eat the next day, and they were also good, but a bit more like a popsicle than ice cream. I think you could easily re-blend it to make it creamy again.

It is a super-easy dessert, perfect for a hot summer day when you want something refreshing, and don’t want to work hard for it. So let those bananas age gracefully, and then reward yourself with a guilt-free creamy delight!