Happy first day of autumn! Fall is my most favorite time of year, so today I’ve got a few nice posts planned, but autumn popsicles that celebrate all the wonderful flavors of fall come first…
1 – Harvest ice pops
- Wash, peel and cut 1 and 1/2 apples PLUS 1/4 butternut squash into chunks.
- Steam your apples and squash til soft.
- Puree your apples and squash in the blender.
- Add the following to the blender – 1/4 dried cranberries, juice of 1/2 lemon, juice of one orange, 1 teaspoon wheat germ or flax, 3 tablespoons honey or agave and one cup water. Blend to death.
- Pour into molds and freeze.
Fun. Also see how to make real caramel apples for Halloween.
- Looking for a real homemade organic pumpkin pie recipe?
This is actually more the season for toasty warm real hot chocolate (made Fair Trade of course) but if you’re in the mood for icy cocoa instead, these are a good bet.
5 – Easy cranberry ice pops
Blend 3 cups organic cranberry juice with 1/2 cup of your favorite milk and 1/4 cup of your favorite popsicle sweetener – although in this case, I think white organic sugar works best. If you want your ice pops a bit more tart, puree some fresh cranberries and add the puree to the mix or add plain old cranberry jelly. You can also make more creative cranberry pops, like pomegranate cranberry or wintergreen cranberry popsicles.
6 – Healthy apple cinnamon popsicles
- Wash, peel and chop one whole organic apple. You can use 3/4 cup organic applesauce instead, but trust me, it tastes better with fresh.
- Steam your apple a bit until soft enough to blend.
- Add apple to blender along with 1/2 cup silken tofu OR your choice of 1/2 cup organic yogurt, 1/2 cup soy milk or regular milk, 1 teaspoon of your favorite nut butter (almond or peanut etc), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 teaspoon pure organic maple syrup and about 6-10 ice cubes.
- Optional add ins – flax seed (ground) or wheat germ (ground).
- Blend, pour into molds and freeze. These have a very subtle cinnamon + nutmeg flavor. If you’d like more spice, experiment with a bit more at a time. for less healthy, but still tasty fall apple popsicle see apple pie pops.
7 – Cranberry apple cider popsicles
Blend 1 cup cranberry juice, one cup organic apple cider, 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon allspice in your blender. Pour into molds and freeze.
These pops are a little hard. If you like your pops a bit softer, decrease each juice by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of milk to the mix. They won’t be as “cider” like, but they’ll still be good.
8 – Orange spice cider pops + awesome kitchen air freshener!
- In a pot, combine 2 cups organic apple cider or unsweetened organic apple juice, 2 cups water, 3/4 cup organic orange juice concentrate, a few slices of peeled tangerine or orange, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 3 whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks.
- Bring mixture to a boil. Turn down and let it simmer for an hour.
- Allow the mixture to cool. Remove the whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, blend so the fruit slices are smashed, then pour into molds and freeze.
Pears are in season in many parts of the country and the ginger adds a kick. For a milder pear popsicle try vanilla pear ice pops.
10 – Sick day orange spice tea pops
- In a pot on your stove, boil 2 cups water with 2 organic orange spice tea bags, the peels from an orange, 1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave, 5 whole organic cloves and 1 or 2 sticks of cinnamon.
- Bring it to a boil. Allow it to simmer for an hour or so, cool, then remove whole spices and orange peel, pour into molds and freeze.
- These ice pops will be harder, like other tea-minded pops, but perfect for sore throats. If you’re not ill, but looking for a spice pop, try cinnamon ice pops.