Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Create a REAL FOOD Frozen Treat Kids Will Love!

Blueberry Coconut Frozen Treat

July is National Blueberry Month.  National what?  In 1999 blueberries were declared the nation's fruit for the month of July by the US Department of Agriculture.  I hadn't realized this until I learned that over 90% of the blueberries produced in the world are grown in the U.S., in 35 states, so naturally it makes sense.  We are lucky enough to have wild blueberry bushes in our front yard and they are starting to peak.  I wanted to make something delicious, refreshing, and kid-friendly to honor this fine fruit.  Nothing screams "summer" more than a delicious popsicle!

wild blueberry bush in our yard
I was looking for more than just a run-of-the-mill puree recipe so 'googled' some more creative choices. The blog The Coconut Mama turned up an amazing recipe, and I simply swapped the strawberries she uses with fresh blueberries. Creamy, healthy coconut milk pairs nicely with blueberries and is one of the most healthful and nutritious fats available.  It reduces cholesterol and is a great cure for arthritis and joint pain.  I'll get into more of the benefits of coconut, it's milk and oil, at another time as today's post focuses on blueberries.

What's so amazing about this little fruit anyway?  Besides being incredibly delicious, blueberries have a vast array of health benefits:

1.) Blueberries are full of ANTIOXIDANTS, which have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

2.) Blueberries are an excellent source of VITAMIN A and C, as well as POTASSIUM, FOLIC ACID, and FIBER.


4.) Blueberries are an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY food.

5.) Blueberries are low on the GLYCEMIC INDEX.

6.) Blueberries help improve EYE HEALTH and MEMORY.

and the list goes on and on.........

The next time your kids want a frozen treat, think twice about pulling out a store bought popsicle laden with high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring (banned in most countries except the US, by the way).  When it's so easy and delicious to make your own frozen pops with nourishing calories as opposed to empty, why wouldn't you?  Kids love it, too!


  • 3 cups organic blueberries
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw, local honey


- Puree blueberries in a blender with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and other tablespoon of honey.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of blueberry puree into each popsicle mold.  Then add 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk mixture.  Alternate until you reach the top of the mold.
- Place molds in freezer and let set for about 6 hours.

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Child Enjoying Healthy Frozen Treat

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  1. I love Blueberries! I throw them in my smoothies and protein pancakes. Thanks for posting all the amazing benefits.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! We've been making lots of different items with them as well, and will freeze what we don't use for the winter.