By Erica Favela
These breakfast popsicles are a fun and nourishing way to start the day! Your kid will love the idea of having a popsicle for breakfast, and it’s a perfect grab-n-go, mess-free option.
Plus, you can feel like the world’s best parent as you engage in a fun, bonding experience with your child, while educating them on the reasons we eat fruits and vegetables.
Building Your Popsicles
Once you learn the basics, the sky's the limit on flavor combinations. Here are a couple ways to make sure your popsicles are ideal for breakfast, and not full of sugar.
Personally, I prefer a nice creamy base that gives a popsicle some full body (because yes these popsicles are good for adults too!). My two favorite options:
Full-fat Greek yogurt - Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt because it has been strained to remove the liquid whey and lactose. For this reason, it has a slightly more tangy taste, but that can be balanced with some natural sweetness. Greek yogurt is an excellent protein source (always great to start the day with some protein) and the full-fat variety offers beneficial acids and fat-soluble vitamins A and K. If you choose greek yogurt, thin it out with a bit of almond milk or coconut milk until it’s about the consistency of regular yogurt.
Full-fat coconut milk - The full fat variety of coconut milk contains lauric acid, which is very beneficial due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. In fact, the only other abundant source of lauric acid is breast milk! Additionally, coconut’s medium chain fats are efficiently used as energy by the body, meaning this type of fat is likely to be burned and not stored. If you choose full fat coconut milk (from the can), the fat will have risen to the top, so blitz all contents in a blender until combined.
Coconut milk (boxed variety)
Seasonal fruit will have the best flavor, full of natural sweetness. To enhance the natural sweetness of berries or stone fruit, for example, cook them down in a small pot until they’re syrupy, mashing them with a wooden spoon to release their juices. No added sugar necessary.
Here are some of my favorite summertime fruits:
Peaches (white and yellow)
Nectarines (white and yellow)
Dates (blended with your base, or cut into small pieces)
Frozen fruit (works really well when cooked down)
Finally, add in some texture to keep things interesting and promote chewing for optimal digestion:
Coconut flakes, toasted
Banana slices/ kiwi slices or whole pieces of whichever fruit you choose
Also, don’t forget about herbs, like basil and mint, for another fun twist!
Honey Peach Breakfast Popsicles
Makes 10 popsicles
2 yellow peaches
2 white peaches
16 oz full fat greek yogurt
Honey, to taste
Rough chop the peaches. Add them to a small pot and place over low heat with a splash of water.
Allow the peaches to heat up for about 5-10 minutes, while breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon to release their juices. Once the peaches cook down and begin to get syrupy, turn off the heat and let cool. (The longer you cook them, the sweeter they become!)
In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey. Start with about 3-4 tablespoons of honey, taste, and add more if you like.
To thin out the yogurt/honey mixture, add a few tablespoons of kefir, or other milk such as almond. The consistency should be similar to regular yogurt (pourable, but still thick).
To make the popsicles, layer the peaches and yogurt, adding one spoonful of each until the popsicle mold is full.
Gently tap the popsicle molds to allow the contents to set and for some air bubbles to arise.
Place in the wooden popsicle sticks, and allow to freeze over night.