Hands down, our favorite afternoon snack on warm weekend days are freezer pops. We like all sorts of flavors, but we this Carrot-Orange version is so bright and refreshing that I know it will be a staple all summer long. Plus, with a dose of Greek yogurt (and all the protein it has), it’s nice that it’s a bit more balanced than straight fruit pops.
This easy blender recipe is based on this Carrot-Orange Smoothie and is simply frozen into pops using small disposable cups and popsicle sticks. (You can of course also use your favorite reusable molds!) The smoothie is super delicious, but there’s something about freezing it onto a stick that seems to make toddlers happy—and it works much better in my house since my daughter has never been a huge smoothie girl.
I didn’t make many changes to this recipe since it’s so simple and good the way that it is, though I did choose a low-added-sugar yogurt, a navel orange instead of clementines, and I added a ripe banana to ensure that the final result would be super creamy. (We also had a ton of very ripe bananas, so it was also just a practical decision.) And rather than romaine, I used a delicate green leaf lettuce that we’ve been getting at our farmer’s market—both have a mild flavor so I figured that it would work just as well. One thing to keep in mind: You really need a high powered blender for this recipe to ensure that both the carrots and the lettuce gets fully incorporated into the mixture. And it might take a bit longer than the 30 seconds that’s stated in the original recipe.
I put a little unsweetened shredded coconut onto the bottom of some of the cups, then again sprinkled some onto the top of the smoothie mixture, just for fun. I let the smoothie mixture set up in the cups in the freezer for 30 minutes, then added the popsicle sticks. After letting them freeze for 4-6 hours, they were ready to serve—if using the little white cups, simply snip one top edge and pull the cup down and off. They were plenty sweet, really refreshing, and my daughter never noticed that there were two different types of veggies tucked inside!