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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Carrot, Mango, & Raspberry Popsicles

I declare this The Summer of the Popsicle!  Okay, The Spring of the Popsicle would be fitting as well, seeing as how it is only Memorial Day weekend and I have made four different types of popsicles already this year.   The heat is on and cold popsicles in all sorts of varieties are my relief.

I'm not giving up ice cream or anything.  As a matter of fact, I have several (read double digits) ripped out and bookmarked recipes chomping at the bit.  But they are on hold for "the right moment" since it's all frozen goodies on sticks that are occupying my heart right now.
And you know, when it seems too hot out to even eat (yikes, did I just say that!?), I often turn to popsicles.  If Willy Wonka can make a chewing gum that tastes like a three-course meal, then why can't I do the same with a popsicle, pray tell.

But not today.  Although, I would consider feeding the kids these for breakfast.  Or at least myself.  I mean, I was able to work a veggie into the mix, so why not?  Since cooking carrots really brings out their sweetness, they work very well when combined with the flavors of mango and raspberry.  And no, it doesn't taste like carrot.  That sneaky carrot just sort of melds itself into the flavors surrounding it.  If you don't tell, they won't know!

Carrot, Mango, & Raspberry Popsicles

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Keywords: snack dessert vegan mango berries carrots popsicles American summer

Ingredients (yield: 10 (2.5 oz.) Popsicles)
  • 3 medium carrots, washed & scrubbed
  • 1 mango
  • 1 c. fresh raspberries (or frozen)
  • ¾ c. superfine sugar
  • 1 c. water
Cut carrot into large chunks. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and add a splash of water. Cover and microwave for ~3 minutes, or until tender. Drain the water off. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Peel the mango and cut the flesh from the pit. Cut into large chunks. Place mango chunks in the jar of a blender along with the cooked carrots, raspberries, sugar, and water. Blend until you have a smooth puree.

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze (adding sticks at the right time for your particular molds). Freeze until solid. Enjoy!

If you wish, you can push the puree through a strainer before pouring into the popsicle molds to remove the raspberry seeds and mango fibers.
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Man, it's a hot one.  Like seven inches from the midday sun.  Well, I hear you whisperin' the words that melt every one, but you stay so cool. ...Rob Thomas, Smooth

More popsicles help you stay cool this weekend:
Buttermilk 'n Fruit Popsicles
Mango & Chile Popsicles
Mexican Chocolate Ice Pops
Hibiscus Popsicles w/ Mango

I am sharing this post with:
FOTMC: Mangoes
FOTM at La Cocina de Leslie The Summer of the Popsicle 2012 at foodfriday

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  1. Velva- Tomatoes on the VineMay 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Why would you not feed these popsicles to your kids for breakfast? They are fresh, healthy and delicious. Love it.


  2. Count me in for the summer of the popsicle, I haven't made them since my kids were little!

  3. Yay! The Summer of the Popsicle is ON! =)

  4. I witnessed your love of the popsicle on Pinterest. We should have popsicles all year round!!!

  5. They seem delicious as well as a healthy snack :)

    /Linn @

  6. priyanka bhattacharjeeMay 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Great looking popsicles and very innovative.

  7. You know, if I became MORE obsessed with popsicles and LESS obsessed with ice cream...I think my waistline would be very happy with me. These sound amazing! I would never have thought to throw a carrot into the mix...awesome idea.

  8. These look awesome, Heather. I love that you managed to work in some healthful ingredients into a refreshing hot summer treat...

  9. These popsicles are just amazing. I love the combination of ingredients and how you included the carrots as well. These may well be the perfect summer treat!

  10. what GORGEOUS popsicles! that color! oh my gosh! and so healthy too! thanks for sharing such a refreshing recipe! love your blog!

  11. What a fantastic idea! With all these great popsicle recipes coming out these days, I suspect my freezer is going to be busy!

  12. Thank you SO MUCH! =) ...and you're welcome.

  13. Just an FYI, I am also featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday roundup with link back and attribution... I'm feel refreshed just looking at these again :)

  14. what a great combo!! love it!

  15. Amy (Savory Moments)June 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    These look so refreshing! I am a huge carrot juice fan, so I know I would love these (especially on a day like today when it's supposed to get into the 90s).

  16. I would love a couple of these right now! It is so unbelievably hot right now at almost 10 o'clock (pm) and I'm still sweating like a pig. :P I love that you sneaked a veggie into these. Sounds like good breakfast food to me. :)

  17. Delicious Popsicle with veggie and fruit

  18. Oh My! gorgeous gorgeous. I am just working with some end of the season strawberries.

  19. Linda-There and Back AgainJune 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    How sneaky--and clever! What a tasty way to get kids--and grown-ups--to eat their veggies.

  20. These are beautiful! In fact, all your food is beautiful. I see your stuff all the time over at Javelin Warrior and finally decided to go straight to the source. I love the popsicle series--I have one of those instant freeze pop makers and grow weary of just pouring juice into it. My kids will love these. Also, love that tune!

  21. OH, thanks so much! =) I hope you'll share some of those pops over the (Spring and) Summer!

  22. what a healthy snack :-) can I have some please? Dropping by from last weeks Food Friday.

  23. what a yummy combination! love the fact that you added in a veggie, too! :)

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Heather

  24. I would never have thought to put carrots in a popsicle, but this sounds so delicious!