Well, folks, summer is in full swing around here. For the past 4-5 days, the mercury just keeps on rising. The forecast for today: 104. Tomorrow? 105. Not a cloud in sight. Of course, 100-degree days aren’t abnormal around here. We usually get several each summer. Last year, however, we reached a new record of 71 100+ degree days. That’s seventy-one. With a seven. Seeing as how this time last year, we already saw 100 degrees quite a few times, I’m thankful that we just saw it for the first time this year yesterday. But regardless, it’s hot.
Too hot to bake.
So instead, popsicles are in order. Homemade popsicles are pretty easy to make. Simply puree something tasty, pour it into the popsicle mold, and throw in the freezer. The waiting is the hardest part. (Yes, typing that immediately stuck the Tom Petty song into my head. Where it will likely remain for a few hours. In case you live under a very large rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, or else would like to take a moment to jam out, here ya go. You’re welcome.)
In my opinion, these are welcomed by kids and adults alike. Unlike store-bought popsicles, these aren’t overly sweet, making them much more palatable. Also, without gobs of added sugar and artificial dyes, the kids are much less likely to be bouncing off the walls – something we’re all thankful for when they’re home for the summer! Besides, if you use fresh, in-season fruit, you won’t need all of those added ingredients, because the flavors will be full without help.
Of course, in this recipe, I used peaches (I had a few that were nearly overripe, so they were perfect for this use), but you could use just about any fruit you desire. Also, feel free to adjust the sweetener (or omit it entirely) as you see fit. For my peaches, just a touch made all the difference. If you have a crowd of kiddos over for Independence Day celebrations, these would be a wonderful treat to keep them cool and happy. Just put them up in the freezer in advance, and dessert is ready!
Speaking of Independence Day, tomorrow night at 7PM CDT I am co-hosting a Live Chat over at Udi’s Gluten-Free Living Community. We’ll be talking about all things Independence Day. So bring your party ideas, or come to get some new ones! Hope to see you there.
Okay, okay, you want the recipe for the popsicles. Here ya go.
Creamy Peach Popsicles (gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free)
5 medium peaches, pitted and roughly chopped (I left the skins on – the “peachy” flavor seems to be stronger when I do)
1/4 c coconut milk
1 T agave nectar
1/4 t vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into six popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
Need more popsicle recipe ideas? Check out this selection at The Balanced Platter!