Four Fruit Smoothie Popsicles: Mango, Raspberry Cheesecake, Blueberry/Coconut, and Avocado

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy….” That line from Ira and George Gershwin’s classic song keeps running through my head. Although “livin’” is supposed to be easy in summer, figuring out how to keep cool during the seasonal swelter can be quite a challenge where I live. Heating up the kitchen with elaborate cooked meals doesn’t really appeal. Barbeque, simple salads, and fresh fruit sound better. Fresh fruit popsicles? Now that’s a very cool idea indeed!

smoothie-sicles360sqThis past weekend my farmers’ market was a treasure trove of beautifully ripe seasonal fruits at bargain prices: peaches, apricots, mangos, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, avocados, and more. Rather than pick and choose amongst them, I loaded up on the lot with the idea of putting up a freezer full of frozen fresh fruit desserts to last through the dog-days of summer, including this series of four refreshingly simple smoothie popsicles with mango/apricot, raspberry cheesecake, blueberry/coconut, and avocado/kiwi flavors.

Magoosh GRE review provides instructions below for making approximately 2 cups of popsicle solution, which may be halved, doubled, or tripled to suit your needs. Individual servings may be frozen in ready-made popsicle molds or paper cups. If using the latter, freeze the popsicle solution in the cups until slushy, insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze until the solution has solidified.

Mango/Apricot Smoothie-sicles
Combine in the container of a blender and process until smooth:

1 peeled, pitted, and sliced fresh mango
1 peeled, pitted, and sliced fresh apricot
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1-2 tablespoons honey, to taste
Pour the solution into individual popsicle molds or paper cups, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze until solid.

Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie-sicles
Process 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries in the container of a blender until pureed. Press the raspberry puree through a sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds caught in the sieve. Return the puree to the blender, add the following, and blend until smooth:

1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup cream cheese, cottage cheese, or mascarpone
3-4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
Pour the solution into individual popsicle molds or paper cups, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze until solid.

Blueberry/Coconut Smoothie-sicles
Combine in the container of a blender and process until smooth:

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2  cup low-fat, unsweetened coconut milk
3-4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Pour the solution into individual popsicle molds or paper cups, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze until solid.

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Avocado/Kiwi Smoothie-sicles
Combine in the container of a blender and process until smooth:

1 peeled, pitted, and sliced fresh Hass avocado
1 peeled and sliced kiwi fruit
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1- 3 tablespoons honey, to taste
Pour the solution into individual popsicle molds or paper cups, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze until solid.