28 June 2011

Homemade fruit "creamsicles"

Amazon: Tovolo 80-8003Y Yellow Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Set of 6I read relatively few PR emails, but this one stood out. This recipe arrived via the folks promoting Eagle Brand condensed milk, and it was billed as "DIY ice cream." I'm thinking it would make fantastic, creamy homemade popsicles. Lovely summer treat.

FRESH FRUIT ICE CREAM

 Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts 

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup pureed or mashed fresh fruit, such as peaches, strawberries, bananas and raspberries
1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream 

COMBINE sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in large bowl; stir in 1 cup pureed fruit. Fold in heavy cream. Pour into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or a 2-quart freezer container; cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.

I'm thinking you could pour the mixture into popsicle molds, or into an ice cream maker, if you have one. Or, try the Ziploc ice cream method!

If you decide to make this, leave a comment and let us know how it goes!

Related: Frozen yogurt tubes stand in for ice cream treats

And: Easy, homemade coconut ice cream

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During the summer months instead of giving my daughter popsiciles I give her frozen yogurt. I either get the tubes which I just place in the freezer or I get the small child size containers of yougurt and stick a popsicle stick through the cover and stick them in the freezer. She loves them and I know she is getting a good source of dairy from them

Plain organic yogurt blended with/or strawberries, bananas, mango, blueberries. Add a spoon of sugar if you need to and freeze in popsicle containers. Easy..Healthy...no added junk..and my 2 year old loves them.

We make smoothies with plain yogurt, a banana for thickening/sweetening and whatever frozen fruit we have on hand. After it's blended, we give it a taste and add a little bit of honey if it's still not quite sweet enough. We can drink it right away or freeze into yogurt pops. Nothing artifical, naturally sweet, healthy, but still a fun summer treat.

I've used this method several times to make "ice cream" and it's DELICIOUS! But not healthy at all. I just mix it up with my favorite flavorings (Magic Shell is a good one) and freeze in a tupperware container.

For popsicles I make up a smoothie using greek yogurt and pour it into molds. Her current favorite is yogurt/strawberries/blueberries/banana/spinach. Yes, spinach. She loves "green" smoothies so it wasn't too much of a stretch. Plus with the greek yogurt she gets protien.

These do look good, but I'm going to stick with these that I found on a cooking blog. We've made them several times this summer and they are excellent. Additional bonus, I can find organic yogurt, but I don't think sweetened condensed milk comes in organic.
http://www.bakersroyale.com/fruit/strawberry-shortcake-popsicles/

While it sounds absolutely delicious, if you are at all health conscious, this recipe is a big no-no. Condensed milk is loaded with calories and sugar, as is the heavy cream. I'd definitely replace with yogurt and fruit.

One cup fruit for two cups heavy cream? Just feed the kids butter by the spoonful and be done with it. With a side of sugar. Having said that, I bet they taste great.

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