Black Sesame Berry Popsicles
Beat the heat with these toddler-friendly popsicles. They’re so easy to make, and a great way to use up the bountiful summer berries that might otherwise go bad in your fridge. I love making these with the kids. The process is easy enough to involve them and the payoff is great for their hard work. Let them help you prep the berries, measure the milk, and press the button on the blender. The only problem with making these with your kids is that they’ll ask 200 times if they are ready while you wait for them to freeze.
If you don’t have a popsicle mold, have no fear. You can use an ice cube tray or small disposable cups just as easily. Simply pour the mix into the ice cube tray or disposable cups and transfer them to the freezer for an hour. Pop them out and insert popsicle sticks into each ice cube mold or disposable cup. Return them to the freezer for the full 4-6 hours and voila!
Black Sesame Milk
The endless variations of milk alternatives is a haven for those avoiding dairy. Even if you and dairy are on good terms, it always good to switch things up for a variety of flavors and nutrients. For this recipe, I chose black sesame milk for its mild flavor and creamy mouthfeel, but you are welcome to use your favorite milk alternative. I love that black sesame milk is a no-nut alternative, making it safe for those with nut allergies. Black sesame seeds are a rich fiber source and have been shown to have beneficial effects on heart health (R).
Kids and fruit are an easy combination. But sometimes kids can get stuck on one fruit and forget to expand their choices. Popsicles are a great way to sneak some new flavors in with some familiar flavors to encourage variety. I chose the mix of berries based on what I had in my refrigerator. Any combination of berries or other fruits work great in this basic popsicle recipe. I know my kids are crazy for berries, so I went with a medley of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. All are rich in antioxidants and tend to be lower in sugar than some of their fruit counterparts. An increase in berry consumption has been associated with a reduction in disease (R).
Yield 6-8 popsicles
1 cup black sesame seed milk
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1/4 cup raspberries
In a blender, combine all ingredients until completely smooth.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze 4-6 hours until set.