Fruity Spa Popsicles

Trisha Shirey, the Director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas for the past 29 years, often turns to the resort’s award-winning organic gardens for inspiration as she spends much of her time caring for the vast amounts of herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and flowers that grow along the shores of the 19-acre lakeside retreat in the Texas Hill Country.

Taking her cue from nature, Shirey has perfected a few recipes for healthy spa Popsicles to include her favorite summertime ingredients of fresh herbs, yogurt, fruit, coffee and avocados.

They are simple to make and free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and dyes that are typically found in store bought varieties.

Watch the video or print the recipes, below.


Yogurt Berry Pops
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries – strawberry, blueberry, raspberry or any combination
  • 1 cup low fat vanilla Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • Fresh mint
Method
  1. Process berries until smooth in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended.
  3. Pour into molds and freeze overnight.
  4. Vary the flavors of yogurt and fruits.
  5. Try coconut Greek yogurt with fresh pineapple chunks, strawberry yogurt with fresh bananas.

 

 

Mango Lemon Balm Pops
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange or pineapple juice
  • Several pieces of fresh lemon verbena and lemon balm
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced or 2 cups frozen mango chunks
Method
  1. Crush the herbs and stir into the juice and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Strain and discard the herbs and add the mango pieces in a blender container.
  3. Blend ingredients until smooth and pour into molds. Freeze overnight.
Notes
Substitute persimmon pulp, guava or banana for the mango for a different tropical flavor.

 

 

Coffee Pops
Get an afternoon energy boost with a coffee popsicle. Substitute chai or black tea for the coffee if desired. Caramel coffee and almond milk are our favorite combination.
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strong coffee (flavored coffee if you like)
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar
  • 1 cup 2 percent or whole milk or light cream or almond milk
Method
  1. Mix sweetener with coffee after brewing. Allow to cool.
  2. Add milk and pour into molds. Freeze overnight.

 

 

Watermelon Berry Pops
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seeded watermelon, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar (or to taste)
  • Peppermint or cinnamon basil sprigs
Method
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into molds and freeze overnight.

 

 

Avocado Mint Creamsicles
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • ½ cup light cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar, agave nectar or honey (or to taste)
  • Dash of salt
Method
  1. Cut the avocado into chunks and scoop from the peel into a blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process on low speed until smooth.
  3. Pour into molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.

 

 

Pina Colada Pops
Recipes: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, packed in juice
  • 1 cup canned low fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Fresh mint or chopped pineapple sage flowers
Method
  1. Mix all ingredients and pour into molds.
  2. Freeze several hours or overnight.
Notes
Add one mashed, ripe banana to the mix to add more tropical flavor.

 

 

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