Saturday, May 26, 2018

Cherry Limeade Popsicle Recipe

how to make cherry limeade popsicles

Do you love cherry limeade? Do you ever wish you could turn your cherry limeade into a popsicle? Not just any popsicle, of course. Not a hard popsicle but the type of popsicle that is soft and easy to suck pieces off of.

Not only is this popsicle recipe the answer all your cherry limeade popsicle dreams, but it has a secret ingredient: zucchini! I know, I know. It sounds weird. But TRUST ME. This recipe won an award in a summer dessert cooking competition in 2014 when it was up against all kinds of things that didn't have weird vegetables in it. This recipe is GOOD.


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How to sneak zucchini into your kids

So why did I put zucchini in it? Texture, my friends. If you are like me, your favorite popsicles growing up were the ones where the ice was just a little bit soft and mushy instead of hard like a big flavored ice cube. That texture is achieved commercially with a variety of less-than-savory products like corn starch and corn syrup (ew). But you can duplicate that texture at home with zucchini - without any weird flavors - promise! And it's a great way to get your kids to eat zucchini without complaining. Awesome!


Keto and paleo sweeteners vs sugar

This recipe is full of healthy, whole foods like cherries, zucchini and limes. Since limes are quite tart, most people are going to want to sweeten this recipe somehow. If you are keto, use monkfruit extract or erythritol. If you are paleo, honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar are great! Not sure what all these weird sweeteners are? You could use 1/4 cup or regular sugar, too.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a medium sized zucchini*
  • 10 cherries* (fresh or frozen - the dark red kind)
  • Juice of 1 1/2 limes
  • 1/4 cup monkfruit sweetener or other sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup warm water
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid GMOs and persistent pesticides.

Keto and low carb friends: When made with a keto sweetener like monkfruit extract, the popsicles have 9.5 net carbs each when you use this recipe to make 4 popsicles when you subtract fiber and half the sugar alcohol


Directions

  • Remove the stem and/or blossom ends from the zucchini and cut into about 8 pieces. Add to blender.
  • Pit cherries and remove stems if needed. Add cherries and lime juice to blender.
  • Mix the sugar and water, stirring until dissolved.
  • Add the sugar water to the blender and blend about 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Alternatively, you could pour the mixture into an ice cream maker to turn it into a tasty sorbet instead.
(Popsicles pictured are made using Push Pop Molds from Mastrad - they are made of silicone and are free of concerning chemical ingredients - unlike most plastic popsicle molds which use BPA or BPS in the plastic)
Enjoy!
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Yield: 4 popsicles

Cherry Limeade Popsicle Recipe

If you love cherry limeade, you will absolutely love this popsicle. It has a secret ingredient that keeps the texture soft but sneaks veggies into your kids at the same time. It's full of winning all around.

ingredients:

1/2 of a medium sized zucchini
10 cherries (fresh or frozen - the dark red kind)
Juice of 1 1/2 limes
1/4 granulated monkfruit sweetener
1/2 cup warm water

instructions


  1. Remove the stem and/or blossom ends from the zucchini and cut into about 8 pieces. Add to blender.
  2. Pit cherries and remove stems if needed. Add cherries and lime juice to blender.
  3. Mix the sugar or monkfruit sweetener and water in a small bowl, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Add the sweetened water to the blender and blend about 1 minute or until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. 

    Alternatively,  pour the mixture into an ice cream maker to turn it into a tasty sorbet instead.

NOTES:

Nutrition information is based on popsicles made with Lakanto granulated monkfruit extract. Net carbs calculated by subtracting fiber and half the sugar alcohols from total carb content.
calories
16
fat (grams)
.1
carbs (grams)
16
net carbs
9.5
protein (grams)
.5
sugar (grams)
0
Dietary fiber
.6
Sugar alcohol
12
Created using The Recipes Generator


About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a cookbook author and busy mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

She is the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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