Creamy Fruit Popsicles

Today Merle turns three! It's a little mind boggling how quickly the time has passed. It feels like she's been in my life forever, but it also feels like she was a newborn only yesterday (read our birth story here). Coming into the age of three, she's becoming increasingly independent and continues to be a sponge, absorbing everything that happens around her, including the positive and negative. This year was also a big transition for her from being with a parent or nanny to being in daycare all day. It was a tough change (for her and for mommy), but along the way Merle learned how to socialize better and has made several friends. To celebrate her birthday at daycare, I wanted to bring in something special for her and her friends.

Some people think I'm crazy, but I don't let Merle have sweets. There is no nutritional benefit to eating processed sugar and little bodies need healthy sources of food to grow their best. There is a reason kids go bonkers after eating too much sugar. I prefer natural sources of sweetness like fruit for Merle. To appease both her and her friends, I made a traditional dessert, popsicles, healthy by making my own. They were super simple to make with only frozen strawberries, ripe bananas, and whole milk. The fruits and the milk could be swapped to suit just about any pallete. I picked up the BPA-free molds (four of them) from the dollar bins at Target. They came with plastic sticks that can be reused again and again, but when making them for others, I removed the permanent sticks using needle-nose pliers. Because the grocery store was out of popsicle sticks, I used kebab sticks instead with the pointy ends removed.

Strawberry Banana Popsicles
Makes 16 popsicles

8 oz frozen strawberries
3 bananas
1 3/4 cup whole milk

In a blender or food processor, combine the frozen strawberries and 1 cup milk. Puree until no chunks remain. The resulting consistency is slightly thinner than ice cream. Divide the mixture evenly between the popsicle molds, which should fill of them each about halfway. Insert sticks. Freeze overnight.

The next day, puree the bananas and 3/4 cup milk. The consistency will be light and airy, similar to a smoothie. Pour the mixture into the molds, filling them up to the top. Optional step: Add something to 'float' at the top (base of the popsicle) like sprinkles, or sliced fruit. Freeze overnight.

Store the popsicles in treat bags or plastic wrap.

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