Can't get the kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables? Want to shock and delight your crunchy-granola cousin or just cool off on a hot afternoon? Pour Super-Food Smoothies by stages into rocket-shaped molds for Popsicle ice pops, with a judicious splash of hot sauce if desired. It's a low-calorie, dairy-free frozen dessert that's refreshing and thrifty, inspired by the frozen fruity treats at Locopops. I use rocket pop molds from Tovolo, which makes some other fun shapes too.
Recipe for Super-Food Rocket Ice Pops
Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Makes 18 ice pops.
These quantities are approximate, sized for a 40-ounce blender. It makes a lot more than you need for six ice pops, but you can also use paper cups and wood Popsicle sticks. See the method below to make the quantities work for your situation.
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (twice that for ginger lovers)
- 5 cups cantaloupe pieces
- few dashes Tabasco chipotle sauce or other hot sauce (optional)
- 2 cups kale
- 2 cups blueberries or blackberries
- Peel ginger and cut it crossways into thin slices. Start the blender and drop the ginger in while the motor runs. Stop the blender after ginger quits bouncing around.
- Fill the blender with cantaloupe cut into pieces about two inches across and blend until liquid. There will now be almost 3 cups of room at the top of the blender. Add a chipotle sauce if using. Taste and add more ginger and chipotle sauce until you say takeoff. Pour some of the mixture into pop maker for cantaloupe ice pops and set aside enough to make the "flames" on the stealth rockets.
- Fill the blender with coarsely chopped kale and blend. Add blueberries and blend until smooth and deeply colored.
- For stealth ice pops with a dark base, fill holders with blueberry-kale mixture, leaving an inch or so of space at the top. Carefully spoon on cantaloupe mixture. Press top into place. Freeze ice pops upright until hard, about two hours.
- To serve, hold ice pop mold under running water for a few seconds to loosen it, then pull ice pop mold off base with handle and your now-frozen Super-Food Rocket Ice Pop!