I make smoothie pops for my son all the time, by making a whole food smoothie, then freezing it in the freezer in silicone pop containers. Recently, we’ve had to really cut back to almost no fruit and sugar for him, because we are following the advice of our great holistic dentist to re-mineralize his teeth. So, I had to come up with a protein pop that had no sugar, no fruit. It’s pretty difficult to make a smoothie with no fruit. You can sub any nut butter in this- make them Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops, or Chocolate Almond Butter Pops. My son could always use more protein in general, so I was so glad he liked these. These are low-sweet, so please adjust for your family.
I use Maca Root Powder because it helps kids focus and concentrate, and is good for them. I use carob, because it is naturally sweet. The cheese and yogurt are good proteins for a kid who can tolerate dairy. Gelatin is so very good for you, and thickens it. My child always asks for a bowl of “pudding” before I freeze it. I put a few brazil nuts because they contain an incredible amount of selenium. Though I try to get my son to eat one a day, it doesn’t always work.
These are two silicone pop containers I like – Norpro (review here) and Simpler Treats (review here). I have also used cake pop containers, like in the picture, but I try to avoid them because, plastic.
From WooWooMommy. Please substitute whatever seed or nut butter works best for your family.
1/3 cup hazelnuts (Easy Sub: peanut butter, sunflower butter, almond butter, etc.)
2-4 Brazil nuts, optional, because I am trying to get selenium into my child
3 Tablespoons non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon Maca Root powder, optional
1 Tablespoon Carob powder, optional, adds 4 carbs if you are low-carb
1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup Full Fat Greek Yogurt like FAGE Total
2 teaspoons Great Lakes Grass Fed Gelatin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup of liquid, I used raw organic grass-fed milk, you could use cream or coconut milk
sweetener: for my low-sweet child, I used the following. YOU could use a banana, berries, coconut sugar, or more of what I used (careful of too much stevia, it can have an aftertaste):
6 drops of Sweetleaf vanilla stevia
1 teaspoon erythritol or xylitol
Vitamix, or similar strong blender
Silicone Pop Containers
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