Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cantaloupe and Blueberry Popsicles

I picked up a humongous cantaloupe at the farmer's market last week. It really wasn't very good...not very sweet. Maybe the smaller ones have a better flavor? But it made great popsicles with the addition of a little agave nectar and mint.

Half a cantaloupe, cubed
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup mint
zest of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup water
splash orange juice
1/2 cup blueberries

Mix agave nectar, mint, lemon zest and water in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until mint is infused, about 5 minutes. Strain out the mint, and add to blender along with cantaloupe and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and begin to freeze until a little slushy, about 45 minutes. I did this so the blueberries would suspend in the pops and not all fall to the bottom. Add the blueberries, and return to the freezer until solid.

I only froze them for about an hour, and they felt solid, but they weren't. The first few out were mushy and melty. That could also be attributed to Graham wanting me to open the freezer every 7 minutes to look at them. He still liked them, though.

By the next day they were super solid, and Graham liked them even more! The whole blueberries were a fun addition, and he loved eating them out of the pop. Check out this satisfied customer:
As a little bonus, this made way more than would fit into my molds, so I just put the left overs in the fridge, and for breakfast the next day, threw in a banana to make a smoothie. Graham called them popsicle smoothies. And loved those, too.

*Like most orange fruits and vegetables, cantaloupe is a great source of vitamin A - 120% of RDA in a cup, as well as 108% of vitamin C. Vitamin A is involved in maintenance of healthy hair, skin and mucous membranes. The old tale is true, too, that vitamin A will help vision, at least in low light. It could be a little easier to get kids to eat this rather than their carrots!

No comments:

Post a Comment