Red, White and Blue Firecracker Pops
These protein-rich frozen pops are reminiscent of our favorite childhood treat. This recipe makes use of summer’s fresh berries; frozen berries work just as well. We used lightly sweetened vanilla protein powder, but you can substitute an unsweetened protein powder and a sweetener of your choice. For a more vibrant presentation, add a few drops of natural food coloring to the blueberry and strawberry mixtures before freezing.
Makes 10 pops
1 1/2 cups milk, almond milk, or coconut milk
2–3 Tbs. sugar (optional)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
½ lb. fresh strawberries, stems removed
Natural red food coloring or beet powder (optional)
½ lb. fresh blueberries
Natural blue food coloring (optional)
- In blender, combine milk, sugar if using, and protein powder. Purée until smooth. Pour about 2/3 of mixture into bowl, and set aside.
- Add strawberries to blender mixture, and purée until smooth. Add a few drops of natural red food coloring or 1 Tbs. beet powder, if desired. Pour strawberry mixture into frozen pop mold, and freeze 20 minutes.
- While strawberry mixture is freezing, rinse out blender and pour half of reserved vanilla mixture into blender. Add blueberries, and purée until smooth. Add a few drops of natural blue food coloring, if desired.
- Remove pops from freezer and carefully pour remaining vanilla mixture into pops over strawberry layer. Freeze 25 minutes. Carefully pour blueberry mixture over vanilla mixture, insert ice-pop sticks, and freeze until solid, about 3 hours.