Along with my current lavender obsession, I've also developed a popsicle making obsession. And why not? They are so simple, healthy and delish. Now that summer is officially here, (it has been so hot, humid, and sticky in New York City) ice pops are one of my favorite treats to cool down during a heat wave. These pops are great for many reasons. They are low fat, made with fresh fruit, and are free of any artificial sweeteners. The yogurt makes these pops creamy and the lavender is very delicate. If you are looking for an alternative to the almond milk you can substitute with coconut milk. I think i'll try that next time...
R E C I P E :
1 Pint of Blueberries
1 Cup Almond Milk Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lavender
1 tablespoon raw honey
Take a tablespoon of lavender, honey, and the cup of almond milk in a small sauce pan. Heat the mixture over a medium-low heat until the honey fully is dissolved and then remove it from the burner. Let the lavender steep in the warm milk for about 5 minutes. Once the lavender infused milk has cooled to room temperature, slowly work it into the Greek yogurt by adding 1/8 cup or so at a time and then whisking it together. Make sure the milk is cool before doing this!
In a small sauce pan add the blueberries and cook them over a medium-high heat, until they reduce. This should take 5 – 10 minutes and you should have 1 cup of blueberry syrup as a result. Alternating between the lavender cream and the blueberry syrup, add the mixtures to the popsicle mold, pouring carefully to create a pretty marbled affect. Freeze overnight.
These are pretty healthy as far as treats go and homemade pops are pretty much always better than store bought. Hope you enjoy!
S P R O U T T I P:
Berries do the body good ! Blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps keep you full (and away from other unhealthy snacks) , as well as bloat free.