Well folks, this post was meant to be about soup. Steamy, hot soup. But as I sit here in my steamy, hot kitchen, being a rebel who refuses to shut the windows and turn on the a/c, I just cannot bring myself to make more soup. Instead I bring you – home made popsicles with a refreshing mix of strawberries and mint, layered with creamy bananas and yogurt. Just what the weather woman ordered on this hot and sticky day!
The mint is growing like weeds in the garden (lovely, herbaceous, refreshing weeds – I’ve got plenty if you need some) and the luscious Ontario strawberries have started to appear in the stores, so get puréeing people – there are popsicles to make!
This recipe makes 6 medium-sized popsicles. Need more? Double it, no problemo. Taste as you go, I find that the sweetener doesn’t always need doubling.
For the strawberry puree:
1 1/2 – 2 cups of organic or locally grown strawberries – rinsed, hulled and sliced
3 mint leaves, rinsed
1 tablespoon of agave nectar, or raw honey
For the banana yogurt:
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup of plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of agave nectar, or raw honey
Place strawberries, mint leaves and agave in a blender and blend until smooth.
Place banana slices in a small mixing bowl and mash until creamy, but leave some lumps (they are great when frozen)!
Stir yogurt and agave into banana mash until well combined.
Layer the two mixes into empty, clean popsicle holders as follows:
layer 1: fill 1/3 with banana yogurt
layer 2: fill the next 1/3 with strawberry puree
layer 3: fill the last third with banana yogurt
Using containers that are easy to pour (such as a glass liquid measuring cup) makes for easy work. If you are a perfectionist you can freeze each layer as you go, but I found they were just great without doing that extra step. If you want to get funky you can insert a thin skewer or chopstick into the full popsicles holders and give them a bit of a swirl.
Freeze for several hours until ready to enjoy!
Should you have any leftovers that didn’t make it into the popsicles holders – send them my way, it all tastes great unfrozen as well 🙂