June 06, 2014

Mango-Pineapple Green Smoothie Popsicles

I've been on a green smoothie kick this week and I'm loving my new morning routine.  It all started after seeing Jadah of Simple Green Smoothies present at the BlogHer Food conference last month.

This week I got an email from Simple Green Smoothies suggesting green smoothies in popsicle form and I knew I needed to try it.  For my first attempt at green smoothie popsicles I combined spinach, almond milk, orange juice, frozen mango, frozen pineapple and a banana.


Epicurious' popsicle guide was a great reminder for me as it had been a few months since I last made popsicles and I couldn't remember how long to freeze them before adding the sticks.  Turns out it's 1 hour, then you wait another 4 hours to unmold them.

If you attempt to unmold before they're fully frozen, you'll wind up pulling the stick out.  Speaking from personal experience, once you do that, it's difficult to get the stick frozen inside the popsicle to the point where you can pull the whole thing out.


After five straight days of rain, it's sunny again and it's a welcome change.  I was reminded this week that the growing season has ended here in South Florida.  Slow Food Miami held its end of season harvest dinner and my CSA has stopped deliveries until November.

The wet season reminds me of winter in Wisconsin.  Weather conditions aren't good for growing and people tend to stay inside.  Did you know that June is the least busy tourist month in Miami?  I could do without the non-stop rain but I am loving how quickly I can get around town nowadays.



Mango-Pineapple Green Smoothie Popsicles

Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ 5 hour freeze)

Ingredients (8 popsicles)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana
Instructions
  • In a blender, combine the spinach, almond milk and orange juice until smooth. Then add fruit and blend again until smooth. Pour smoothie mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about a 1/4" of room at the top, wiping excess mixture from the top of the molds.
  • Freeze for 1 hour, then insert sticks and freeze for 4 more hours. Fill the sink with warm water to the height of the molds and briefly dip the molds until the pops loosen (about 10 seconds).
  • Once they're unmolded, the popsicles are ready to be eaten but it's best to wait a bit. Store popsicles in plastic bags or an airtight container (use wax paper to layer) and freeze for at least 30 minutes. This second freezing helps the popsicles hold their shape, so they won't melt as quickly.

Note: I use Progressive Frozen Pop Maker popsicle molds.
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3 comments:

  1. This is such perfect timing - I had my wisdom teeth out hours ago, so I think these will be my project tomorrow :). They look great!

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    1. Oh no, I remember those days. Hope you're not in too much pain and that you heal quickly!

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  2. Karis!!!!!! These Popsicles look seriously amazing! I've been loving green smoothies lately and totally wanted to make them into popsicles but was a little hesitant, now I definitely need to try it. Your photos are so pretty, it just looks like a popsicle that should be enjoyed in Miami :) Also, I clearly need a new Popsicle mold, mine is like short and stumpy and my popsicles do not come out!
    p.s. I noticed a little face lift to your blog? I love it!

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