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Smoothie Pops
Liren Baker
Smoothie Pops
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The little people of the neighborhood have figured something out: if they are at my house in the afternoon, they will be sure to get a cup of the the creamiest fruit yogurt smoothie they have ever had. It is a ritual, part of our daily routine. And play date friends have now come to expect it, and I often get the question: May we have smoothies?

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I have always loved making smoothies, ever since my daughter was a toddler. Back then, it was a way for her to get some extra dairy and fruit, but for us grown-ups, it was a great way to recharge. My husband counted on them after a vigorous bike ride up the coast to Malibu and the hills. Since then, I’ve made countless batches of smoothies, and it never goes to waste. Usually.

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One day, I made a little too much. I got a little carried away, we had so much extra fruit from the summer’s bounty and trips to the farmers market. So I poured the smoothies into popsicle molds…and now, the kids have a new favorite: Smoothie Pops!

Here’s a summer treat no one can refuse. The kids love them and I am happy to see them snack on something super healthy and refreshing. I say that’s a win for all of us!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3-4 ripe bananas (cut in 1 in chunks)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • (Or substitute any of your favorite frozen fruit.  We also love peaches, mangoes, blueberries, blackberries, and pineapple!)

Method:

Place ingredients in blender in the order listed.  Blitz away and pour into popsicle molds. Place in freezer for about 15 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks into center of each popsicle and continue to freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Release from popsicle molds and enjoy!

- Liren

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