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Our healthy Red, White, and Blue Layered Tea Popsicles are a symphony of flavors that won't just quench your sweet tooth, but also presents a wholesome alternative to the typical sugar-packed, artificially colored options on the supermarket shelves! If you're looking for a healthy July 4th recipe, try this refreshing treat that's bursting with natural goodness.
Unlocking the Science Behind Perfect Popsicles
Before we get into the actual recipe, there are a few guidelines that you will want to follow so that your popsicles taste great and also have a pleasing texture. What you want to avoid is having your popsicles end up like a hard block of ice.
1) Make Sure Your Popsicles Have Plenty Of Fiber, Sugar, and Fat.
When you freeze water, the water molecules lock tightly together, which is why ice cubes can be rock-hard. When you're making a frozen treat like popsicles, make sure your recipe includes plenty of any or all of these: fiber, sugar, and fat. The fiber, sugar, and fat molecules wedge themselves between the water molecules, preventing them from bonding tightly together into an ice block.
- The fiber component comes from fruits, which can be pureed as smooth or coarse as you like.
- The sugar: Even though fruit contains sugar naturally, you will still need to add more, in order to get the correct texture. This is one instance when you can't substitute a packet of stevia. For the sugar component, use simple syrup, maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar, or agave.
- For the fat, you can use full fat coconut milk, cream (dairy or not), pureed cashews, nut butter, or mashed avocado. If you don't want to use a lot of sugar, you will need to go heavier on the fat and fiber.
2) Be Patient.
Let's chat about an important, often overlooked, part of making homemade popsicles—patience. I know, I know. You're eager to see (and taste) the final product. I've been there too, but trust me on this, patience is key. Layered popsicles are kind of like a masterpiece, each colorful layer needs its own 'freeze' time. Imagine you're a kid again, painting a rainbow—you can't rush through the colors or they'd all blur together, right? Same with these popsicles. So, as we get into this, remember: take your time, let each layer have its moment in the freezer. Your reward? A beautifully layered, crazy-delicious frozen treat that was totally worth the wait.
Now that you know the guidelines, grab your popsicle molds, and let's go! (I like these BPA-free silicone popsicle molds with reusable sticks, as well as these BPA-free silicone molds with popsicle sticks).
Here Is How To Make These Delicious Red, White and Blue Layered Popsicles
Makes 6 popsicles
Creating the Red Layer:
Creating the White Layer:
Creating the Blue Layer:
- Brew the Lush Lavender in hot water for 2-3 minutes.
- Strain out the tea leaves and stir in the maple syrup.
- Cool the tea in the refrigerator. If you're using coconut flakes, add them now.
- Once the tea is cool, fill the mold the rest of the way
- Finally, stick in your popsicle sticks and freeze one last time, until completely solid this time!
You are going to make the popsicle in layers: starting with the red layer, then the white, then the blue. Remember, the goal is to avoid mixing the layers. Each layer doesn’t have to be 100% solid before adding the next, but it does need to be solid enough to not mix into the next layer. So be as patient as you can!
Our layered tea popsicles are not just a tasty treat, but a simple, creative twist to your regular celebration. Kick back, enjoy the fireworks, and treat yourself to this homemade popsicle—it's your hard-earned pat on the back for juggling life's demands. Stick around for more fun, easy, and healthy tea-based ideas that fit right into your busy life. Happy 4th, and happy summer!
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