I’ve got a really fun recipe to share today guys!
Well, at least I think it’s pretty fun. Any time a recipe can be healthy enough to count as breakfast, easy enough to make with the kiddos, require minimal ingredients and labor, and taste great any time of year, now that’s a really fun recipe in my book.
So I haven’t made popsicles in a really long time and my 7-year-old sister has been more than willing to help inform me of this. She’s been on this huge popsicle kick recently which inspired me to dig through my ever growing collection of kitchen gadgets the other day to find my molds.
It’s sort of a win win for everybody I think, with it being back to school time I thought these would be a fun treat. They’re great to fix for a quick snack or a fun dessert that you can feel good about giving the little ones. Don’t get me wrong though, these definitely don’t have to just be for the shorties, they’re every bit as appealing to the grown-up’s palates too! Especially when the weather is super hot, which I hear has been the case in many places up north. These seemed like a good fit for this time of year because we’re just starting to get hints that Spring is coming to the southern hemisphere soon and I know the Summer is still blazing for many of you in the rest of the world.
Guess what, not only are they only a few ingredients but they’re vegan, dairy free, and gluten free! I’m pretty sure they qualify as raw and paleo as well, although I don’t know a whole lot about those diet trends. Can I get a WHOO-HOOOO??? Yeah, so I think that covers pretty much all of the most common diet restrictions making these pops perfect to have on hand for unexpected company or parties. Hello refreshing bikini-friendly treats!
If you’re a avocado hater and you’re a little worried about it’s flavor, don’t be. The lime and syrup/maple make the perfect flavor balance in these and you won’t even think about the fact that it’s avo you’re eating. I also tacked on a touch of salt and vanilla as optional ingredients because it helps bring out the other flavors and make these just a little bit more like eating a frozen slice of key lime pie on a stick.
And by the way, these were kiddo-approved by my loyal little helpers! I think my 18-month-old nephew wins the prize for being my biggest fan though. Oh my goodness, he was so cute asking me for a “bob-boh”. Hey, did I tell you guys that he finally gave me an auntie name? Yeah, I’ve been dubbed “Doh-dee” now, isn’t that adorbs!
5-Ingredient Avocado Key Lime Pie Popsicles (Vegan + GF)
Skip the freezer section and try making your own healthy popsicles at home. These taste like a key lime pie on a stick!
- 2 medium ripe avocados, pitted
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 4 small or 2 large limes
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- 1/3 cup raw cashews
- 1/3 cup pitted dates
- 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
Combine the cashews, dates, and salt in a small food processor or blender and pulse until very fine and starting to stick together in a sort of dough. It doesn't need to be completely smooth because you still want a little texture. (If you don't have a small food processor this can be done by hand-chopping but it does take much longer to get it as fine.) Pour the mixture into a small dish and set aside.
Add the avocado, lime juice, syrup, and vanilla to the processor and blend until creamy smooth. Divide the mixture into your popsicle molds leaving about 1/2 inch of space empty at the tops (depending on the size of your mold it should fill about 6 slots). Now fill in the empty spaces with your nut/date mixture and press down just slightly.
Insert popsicle sticks in the middle of each pop and freeze for a minimum of 8 hours until solid. Once frozen, run the outside of the mold under hot water for a few seconds to loosen the pops, then serve and enjoy!