I am proudly married to a US Navy and Army Veteran. Every generation of my family has had at least one member in the US military going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Needless to say, I was raised steeped in American patriotism. I love this country and am proud of the service my family has done for it. I see holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran’s day as more than just a day to enjoy a picnic. I like to celebrate these days, remember our fallen, and commend our active duty military and veterans. To celebrate these holidays, I made these healthy, all-natural, low-calorie Red White and Blueberry Patriotic Pops.
This recipe is my first frozen pop attempt. However, now that I’m back home in Florida, I need some heat-beating low-calorie snacks! While I do enjoy the Outshine bars (the type without the artificial sweeteners), they are expensive. It looked simple enough to make my own. Besides, I thought some patriotic ice pops would be a fun way to celebrate another USA win!
Purrfectly Pawsome Patriotic Ice Pops
They turned out so well that even Ollie, our kitty, tried to sneak one off the plate while I was taking photos for this post!
I had to shoo him off the table. But, until I edited these photos, had no idea how close he came! See his little paw up in the top left corner! Little stinker. I don’t know what he’d do with fruit and yogurt, anyway. However, since he also eats corn, maybe this shouldn’t surprise me? Just a little laugh I thought I’d share with you. Life with furbabies, huh?
Ice Pop Mold
These delicious patriotic ice pops have minimal ingredients and take just minutes to whip together. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze. You will need an ice pop mold. I used the IceWabanga brand ice pop mold.
Since I’d never made frozen fruit pops, I didn’t know what to expect. I love the stand. After you fill the molds, you just apply the lids and then snap the shell into the stand. The stand has a good firm hold, and I didn’t worry about them tipping over in the freezer.
IceWabanga made these with BPA-free plastic, so I’m not as concerned with it coming in contact with my food. At first, the frozen fruit pops were a little difficult to pop out of the mold. However, I found running a little warm water over the mold help loosen it up a bit.
I also love the drip guard! I was able to eat my popsicle without it running all the way down to my elbow. While fun, it’s undignified.
It sure is a lot easier than making pops in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks. Yes. That’s doable, but I feel these are worth the inexpensive investment.
I got this set on Amazon. It is an affiliate link, but I don’t recommend products I don’t use and enjoy myself.
- Use any red fruit you like. Strawberry is my favorite.
- I use plain non-fat greek yogurt to limit sugar and add a burst of protein that non-greek yogurt doesn’t have. Feel free to sub your favorite yogurt brand, but it will change the nutritional content. Also, some non-greek yogurts contain gelatin, which isn’t vegetarian.
- I use Almond extract. Feel free to sub vanilla – or even orange extract. If you use a flavored yogurt, eliminate the extracts.
- Sub your favorite low-cal sweetener for the agave. Monk fruit worked well in my subsequent tries. But, stevia should be good as well.
- If you have difficulty removing the pops from the molds, run it under warm water for a second.
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