Green Machine Popsicles
Do you have a junk utensil drawer in your kitchen? Or a catch-all cupboard?
You know, the one that has those random kitchen utensils that you use sparingly. Like the zester, candy thermometer, all the extra wooden spoons, maybe some measuring cups that lost a few of their buddies, perhaps a blender, or character shaped waffle maker.
I could go on.. my junk drawer has a lot of junk..
Typically items that are impulse buys or things I’ve received from others end up there.
But I would never consider my popsicle mold as one of those junk items! Yes, I don’t use it as often in the winter since I live in the midwest, but I use it all the time in the summer!
Homemade popsicles are trendy right now too! I’ve been seeing more recipes pop up on pinterest for them. But I’ve always had a love for homemade popsicles.
In order to make popsicles, you’ll need a popsicle mold. This mold from amazon is the one I used to make these popsicles.
If you look closely, you’ll see some fun sayings on a few of the popsicles. I took regular popsicle sticks and used a small letter stamp kit to add the sayings to the sticks.
I think this is super cute, and would be so fun to customize popsicle sticks for summer parties!
I love using fruit as my popsicle base mixture because it’s naturally sweet already so I don’t need to add any additional sweeteners!
This particular green machine popsicle is loaded with bananas, mango, pineapple juice, a squirt of lemon juice, Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk and the best green smoothie ingredient – spinach!
I know some people are afraid of veggies inside recipes, but I like to think of spinach in a recipe as BONUS VEGGIES! I’m going to eat the popsicle or the muffin anyway, so if there’s veggies in there, boooonus!
- 2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 mango, peeled and diced (could use 2 peaches as substitute)
- 2 tbsp pineapple juice (could use orange juice as substitute)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- In a blender combine the banana, mango, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. Blend on high until smooth.
- Remove 3/4 cup of this mixture from the blender and reserve as the first layer for the popsicles.
- Then add the spinach to the blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Gently pour the reserved portion into the popsicle mold. Dividing as evenly as possible among the popsicle wells. Then add the green layer, filling the wells to the top. Use a knife or popsicle stick to slightly blend the layers if desired. Place the cover on the popsicle mold and add popsicle sticks.
- Allow the popsicles to freeze overnight.
- To get the popsicles to release from the mold, fill your kitchen sink with room temperature water. Place the mold in the water, making sure the water does not go above the top of the mold. Allow the mold to sit in the water for 60 seconds. Begin to wiggle a popsicle free. If it feels tough, allow them to sit in the water longer, checking every 30 seconds or so. You don’t want the popsicles to become too melty. You just want to warm them up enough to release them from the mold.
- Once all of the popsicles are removed from the mold, enjoy them or wrap them in plastic wrap and return to the freezer to eat later!