Fresh berry season is finally upon us and we couldn’t be more excited!!!
Those eerily monstrous imposters at the grocery store have nothing on the juicy deliciousness of a fresh organic strawberry grown by a local farmer. The difference is really rather shocking and the former can be quite disappointing when you bite into one in the middle of January with the faint memory of a June strawberry still lingering in your taste buds.
We usually stock up on two big baskets worth of these plump beauties at the farmers market each week. The girls eat them outside at the picnic table after school until their hands and mouths are stained pink (they’re favourite colour so, of course, they’re quite pleased with this result).
After they’ve eaten more than I could ever imagine two small children could fit in their bellies they are still calling for “more strawberries pleeeeeease mama!!!”. As the light glitters through the leaves of the tree whose shade they sit in in I watch their faces as they devour the sweet taste of early summer. Childhood bliss!
The strawberry varieties grown locally are slightly more delicate the cardboard ones that make their way tens of thousands of miles north to us here in Canada so they are best eaten fresh on day one or two. Anything that remains we throw in the freezer for making morning smoothies or our most favourite warm weather treat – homemade popsicles.
I was raised on neon freezies and sugar laced creamsicles and, truth be told, back then, I was a total sugar addict and these were amongst my favourite sweets. I distinctly remember sneaking a second (and third) from our freezer and devouring them in hiding on many occasions. I’m sure we went through hundreds of popsicle packs during my childhood and I have a small suspicion this may have contributed to my slightly out of control sugar addiction later in life.
As you know from past articles we make a lot of smoothies in our home and we often double the recipe to turn the leftovers into healthy frozen treats. Today I’m sharing with you the yummiest strawberry smoothie recipe that really tastes like a decadent milkshake. Freeze it in a popsicle mold and you’ll create super tastsy creamsicles that taste just as sinful as the ones with long ingredient lists from the store.
Strawberry Milkshake / Summer Strawberry Creamsicles
Serves 1 / Makes about 6 popsicles
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 frozen banana
1 cup coconut milk
Juice of 1⁄2 a lemon
Optional: ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: fresh mint to garnish milkshake
Combine all the ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add a extra coconut milk if it is not blending thoroughly and you need to thin it out a bit. Drink it up smoothie style or pour into popsicle molds. Transfer to freezer and enjoy when frozen solid (takes about 3 hours in my freezer).
Enjoy!!! And please let me know how you like them.