Hi there! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
With just over a week left of Vegan MoFo, I’m not sure whether I’ll actually meet the 20-post goal–it’d require me to post every day from here on out!–but I’m certainly going to try, as I have a lot more Simply Perfect goodness to share before the month’s end.
Today I want to tell you about a super-simple dessert (or snack, or even breakfast) that’s a cinch to prepare and is actually good for you! Instead of spending lots of money on commercial frozen treats (many of them with questionable additives), try stocking your freezer with Homemade Frozen Fruit Bars.
Basically, you make a smoothie and freeze it. SO EASY, and the flavor combinations are endless, making it a great way to use up produce that is nearing the end of its shelf life. Less waste = more money in your pocket.
For these, I blended a cup of Trader Joe’s Orange-Peach-Mango juice that we had left over from a party with some fresh peaches and frozen strawberries (probably about 3/4 cup of each), then I stirred in little chunks of fresh strawberries that needed to be used up for good measure.
Water works fine in place of juice, and is actually what I would have used if I hadn’t just happened to have juice to use up.
I poured the mixture into these popsicle molds that I bought for like a buck at Target a few years ago and froze them overnight (and there was some leftover which I gladly ate with a spoon–yum!).
If you don’t have a mold like this you could use a standard ice cube tray instead and make mini fruit bars. Simply pour in the mixture, let it freeze for an hour, then insert toothpicks or mini-popsicle sticks and continue to freeze overnight.
For my next batch, I’m thinking of blending orange juice with strawberries and then mixing in some chocolate chips…mmm…
More yummy frozen fruit bars: Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt Pops (from last year’s Vegan MoFo!)