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Natural Fruit and Veggie Rainbow Popsicles


Beautiful, healthy, whole fruit and veggie rainbow popsicles. The perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day or any day! 
beautiful whole fruit and veggie rainbow popsicles without any artificial food dye
These whole fruit and veggie rainbow popsicles are as delicious and nourishing as they are pretty. They have no artificial food dyes or added sweeteners. The rainbow layers are made simply with blended whole fruit and veggies, just like a layered smoothie. My kids had been asking for similar popsicles made with food coloring and a lot of added sugar, and when I saw this rainbow smoothie, it gave me the idea to make fruit and veggie pops. I thought these rainbow fruit popsicles would be such a fun healthy treat for St. Patrick's Day. To get even more festive, I added some gold coins to the bottom layer of a few. A pot of gold at the end of a rainbow is always fun! The kids were hoping these were chocolate coins, but alas, I only happened to have plastic coins in the craft cupboard. I see so many rainbow foods these days. They are incredibly fun to make, look at, and eat! Most, however, are dyed with artificial food colors. And I'm always left wondering... why? Nature has given us the most beautiful colors without any chemicals.

whole fruit popsicle recipe

 Kids can be tough to please, but our whole family loves these. It was a real challenge to keep the kids from eating my work with this one. I heard a lot of, "Come on, Mom. Can you please just photograph the popsicles now!" That's always a good sign.

healthy homemade rainbow popsicles
With all these rich natural colors you know these popsicles are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to combat cold and flu season. If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat enough fruits and veggies, try these rainbow popsicles. I would recommend tossing the spinach in the green layer when they're looking the other way though, unless they are seasoned little green smoothie drinkers. You can't taste the spinach at all, but some kids might be skeptical. Some lime would also be great  in the green layer. 

whole fruit rainbow popsicles
Layered rainbow ice pops do take more time than most homemade popsicles, but it's well worth the effort and the process is fun. I made these as I was doing other things around the house throughout the day - coming back to add another layer when I had a moment. It's a great activity to do with kids too. The key to achieving well defined layers is to let each layer freeze as much as possible. The most important layer is the very first one, as the red layer needs to be completely frozen to hold the stick firmly. 

Homemade rainbow popsicles would be SO great for a healthy class treat for St. Patrick's Day. I would recommend using mini cups for molds in that case. Rainbow popsicles would be a surefire way to catch a Leprechaun. 

You could play around with the ingredients you have at home, but these worked really well. The colors turned out vibrant and the flavors were tasty. 



Here is the popsicle mold I use on Amazon:
 

Let's look at the layers:

Red: 1/3 cup orange juice or coconut water, 1/2 cup strawberries, small slice of beet
Orange: 1/3 cup orange juice or coconut water, 1/3 cup mango, 1/2 strawberry to darken the orange color (optional)
Yellow: 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk, 1 banana, 1 cup pineapple chunks
Green: add 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach to the yellow recipe
Blue-Purple: 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk, 1 banana, 2/3 cup blueberries

Easy and healthy, right?! I used frozen fruit for each layer, because I keep loads of frozen fruit in my freezer for smoothies. It's a budget friendly way to enjoy organic produce all year long. But you could certainly use fresh fruit if you have it.


healthy whole fruit rainbow popsicles recipe

Isn't this a fun recipe?! 

Fruit and Veggie Rainbow Popsicles


Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Published 03/07/2016
Fruit and Veggie Rainbow Popsicles
Make beautiful, nutritious, and tasty rainbow ice pops for St. Patrick's Day or any day!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice or coconut water
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 small slice of beet (peeled, raw or cooked)
  • 1/3 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  1. Make the red layer: Blend 1/3 cup orange juice or coconut water with 1/2 cup strawberries, and 1 slice of beet until completely smooth. Add more liquid if needed to turn the blender. Pour or spoon red mixture into the bottom 1/5 of popsicle molds. Cover with top of popsicle mold and insert sticks. Let freeze completely. Rinse the blender.
  2. Make the orange layer: Blend 1/3 cup orange juice or coconut water with 1/3 cup mango. Add 1/2 a strawberry to darken the orange color if desired. Remove the top of popsicle mold. Sticks should remain straight up if the red layer is frozen through. Spoon or pour the orange layer on top of the red layer. Place back in the freezer until firm.
  3. Make the yellow layer: Blend 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk with 1 banana and 1 cup pineapple until smooth. Pour or spoon about half of the yellow mixture over the orange layer. Return popsicles to the freezer. Refrigerate the remaining yellow mixture in the blender.
  4. Make the green layer: Add a small handful of baby spinach leaves to the yellow mixture. You won't taste the greens! Blend until very smooth and no green chunks remain. Spoon or pour green mixture over yellow layer. Place back in the freezer to firm up. Rinse the blender.
  5. Make the blue layer: Almost done! Blend 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk with 1 banana and 2/3 cup blueberries until smooth. Spoon or pour over the green layer. If you're adding chocolate or plastic gold coins you can stick them into the purple layer now. Place in the freezer and freeze until completely solid a few hours to overnight. To remove popsicles, run the mold under warm water and gently pull the sticks. 
Yield: makes 10
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 3 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 3 hrs. 5 mins.
Tags: popsicles, dessert, St. Patrick's Day, kids, vegan, gluten free
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