It's time to put that super juice blender to work for more than just breaking down the armor-like fibers of kale. Use your smoothie prowess to make frozen desserts for the Fourth of July that will impress and satisfy. Everybody loves a popsicle, and when it is frozen natural goodness instead of colored sugar water, everybody wins, as well. You loved a Rocket Pop or Bomb Pop when you were a kid playing in the sprinklers and swatting mosquitoes--now do it the right way for young and old alike.
3/4 pound fresh cherries, pitted and de-stemmed
1 medium apple, cored and sliced (sweet red apple, not overly tart green apple)
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup agave or organic sugar (more to taste, if desired)
3/4 pound fresh blueberries (can substitute frozen if necessary)
1 ripe banana, chunked
1 cup coconut milk
*Puréeing each of the three layers in separate batches, put ingredients into high speed blender, Nutri-bullet, etc and blend until smooth. Feel free to add more coconut milk to get easily pourable consistency for each colored batch.
*In popsicle freezer tray, pour cherry/red mixture in, no more than 1/3 of the depth of the well of each pop. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, until that layer is firm enough to prohibit next layer from bleeding in, but not frozen super solid so you can still insert popsicle sticks.
*Remove tray from freezer, insert sticks, being sure to go into the first layer.
*Pour white/coconut layer into each well, no more than 2/3 to the top. If there is a top to your tray to keep sticks upright in liquid, put the top on. If not, put a layer of foil over the tray and stick popsicle sticks through the foil so they remain upright in the freezing liquid. Freeze for at least 30 minutes or more.
*Remove tray from freezer, and pour in blue/blueberry layer to top of mold (which will be the bottom of the pop when it is removed)
*Return to freezer and freeze solid minimum 2 hours.
*When ready to eat, remove the tray from freezer, run under warm water briefly to loosen, and pop them out and enjoy homemade, healthy, red/white/blue holiday pops.