• 1ST LAYER:
  • 1 pint of Vanilla So Delicoius dairy free ice cream
  • *optional India Tree Sprinkles
  • 2ND LAYER:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional:
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • stevia
  • 3RD LAYER:
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash stevia to taste
  • popsicle sticks

Of course I would get inspired by these “Easy Freezy Fun Pops” at the worst time ever {sigh with hint of sarcasm}!  The only time I get to thumb through a magazine is in the grocery check-out line. I spied with my foodie eye the Better Homes and Garden’s magazine because it had these cute and crafty pops on the front cover!

What I mean by the worst time ever is I have been feeling off lately with symptoms that are just cramping my style!  I have felt bloated, sinus congestion, muscle aches, itchy eyes, PMS {pretty miserable sista}, low energy, poor concentration, foggy, frenzied, anxious, and craving sweets!  Granted my sweets are still considered healthier treats {using dates, coconut sugar or honey} but nonetheless, they can still feed these symptoms.

So my husband, whom many of you know as Dr. Tom, ordered some labs on me and well, it’s no mystery why I feel out of sorts these days.  I ate a little “humble pie”  as my husband proceeded to tell me my lab results.  Yes I am human, imagine that…grrrr! I am just grateful we can eliminate those symptoms and find my better self!

Although being inspired by these creamy ice cream pops, they are not something I will be able to enjoy just yet as I do The FreeDiet™ cleanse he put me on.   You see, my diet will be free of  gluten & grains, sugar, dairy, yeast, soy {that is the easy one}, and some other foods for 2-3 weeks,  depending on how compliant I am.

I do have some good news that “My Doctor” {wink} told me!   My iron level, which was very low last year, is right where it needs to be.  My vitamin B12 is now excellent, and my growth hormone which was low is now that of a 29-year-old {I will take it since I am 45}!  Oh and the best yet is that I am no where near menopause,  which I feared with some of those symptoms.

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Let me get back to these crafty pops that the kids will love to make for those last summer moments!   I thought decorating and personalizing their sticks would be fun but it turns out they started to get a little protective of which ice cream square was theirs.  The problem was solved when the idea of writing their names on the stick was presented!

As I created each layer, I will confess I did have to taste my concoctions to see if I was on track. However, I was not worried when my taste testers asked for seconds and one for breakfast; which I almost obliged.

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People always ask how our daughter is such a healthy eater and it’s because her taste buds were first introduced to real, unprocessed foods and treats like this recipe.  We also educated her and explained what the different ingredients are.  Start them young and it is all their little palates and minds will know.

I hope you enjoy being creative with the flavors you choose because So Delicious has many choices.  If nuts are a problem, no worries they have you covered in coconut!

 

Creamy Pop-Art {dairy, egg, refined sugar & gluten free}
 
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Recipe type: Healthified
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • 1st Layer:
  • 1 pint of Vanilla So Delicoius dairy free ice cream
  • *optional India Tree Sprinkles
  • 2nd Layer:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • optional:
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • stevia
  • 3rd Layer:
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash stevia to taste
  • popsicle sticks

Instructions
  1. Let the So Delicious ice cream thaw out for 15-20 min.
  2. Line a loaf pan with wax paper and push down corners leaving it over edge.
  3. Scoop and spread the vanilla 1st layer into pan by pressing down & place in freezer.
  4. In a food processor or blender puree all 2nd layer ingredients except chips.
  5. Taste and mix additional stevia if needed and stir in chips.
  6. Spread chocolate over vanilla with a rubber spatula carefully. Place back in freezer.
  7. In a food processor or blender puree all the strawberry 3rd layer ingredients.
  8. Take pan out of freezer, gingerly spread strawberry layer. Place popsicle sticks firmly.
  9. Cover with plastic and freeze for 4 hours or over night is best.
  10. Using the edges of the waxed paper, lift the ice cream from pan.
  11. Cut accordingly to the number of popsicle sticks.
  12. Press each pop’s bottom in a shallow bowl of sprinkles and enjoy or freeze for later.

Notes
If time is of the essence you can most certainly buy all 3 layers of ice cream; although my version is low sugar and is packed with nutrients. Soaking the cashews will help give the layers a creamy texture and flavor. You can soak them for an hour at the very least but 4 is best. You can use a small brownie 8×8 pan too but keep in mind they won’t be as thick. However, I liked having more of a bite size treat on a stick too!

With a Spoonful of Health,

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