We got some awesome produce in our last Bountiful Basket. The fruit included bananas, cantaloupe, peaches and oranges. Because I am the only person in the household that will eat those yummy things, I needed to figure out what to do with them.
Fruit Smoothies are a wonderful treat. You know what’s even better on a hot summer day? Fruit Smoothie Pops.
This recipe can be altered to use up any fruit that is lying around the house. Pineapple or Mango would be great in these. You can also add a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. What do you like in your fruit smoothie?
Fruit Smoothie Pops
- 1/2 cantaloupe, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 small banana, cut into chunks
- 4 small peaches, pitted and cut into chunks (peeling is optional)
- juice of 2 small oranges
- 5 large strawberries (I used frozen)
- 1/3c. simply syrup (recipe follows)
Place all fruits and liquids in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds, leaving about 1/4 inch from the top to allow for expansion during freezing. Freeze until solid, 4 or more hours (depending on your freezer). Dip mold in a sink full of warm water to loosen popsicles, pop out of the mold, wrap in plastic wrap, and return to the freezer. Enjoy!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in sugar and continue to heat on low until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool about 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract. Pour into a glass bottle, cap tightly, and refrigerate. Also great to sweeten tea, coffee, etc.