You know that I am a sucker for a good copy cat recipe. Heck, I gots an entire section dedicated to childhood favorites that have all the gluten, eggs, and dairy taken out of them. Dare I say that it gives me the biggest kick when I create these recipes most of all.

Healthy Otter Pops

 I about flipped when I found these Otter Pop molds at World Market. I haven’t had a blue Otter Pop in years (for good reason) but I wanted to make a fun, healthier version of my childhood favorite that even the kiddos in your household will love.

 

Healthy "Otter Pops"
Yields 8
These healthy Otter Pop look-alikes are the perfect summertime treat; they are just like having a frozen smoothie in your hand.
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For Melon Spinach Otter Pops
  1. 1/2 c. coconut milk or homemade nondairy milk of choice
  2. 4 c. melon, cubed
  3. 1 c. fresh spinach
  4. 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or agave
For Cantaloupe Cardamom Otter Pops
  1. 4 c. cantaloupe, cubed
  2. 1/2 c. coconut milk or homemade nondairy milk of choice
  3. 1 cardamom pod (or scant 1/4 tsp. cardamom spice)
  4. 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or agave
Instructions
  1. For either flavor, place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until completely smooth. The consistency should be easy to pour. If it is not, add more nondairy milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency.
  2. Taste test at this point and see if you need to add any additional sweetness. My melon was very ripe so I didn't need a lot of maple syrup for flavor.
  3. Place into popsicle pouches (I found mine at Cost Plus World Market) or popsicle molds. Each pouch took up approximately 1/2 c. of the Otter Pop liquid so if you are using popsicle molds, please note that your serving amount will be different.
  4. Freeze for a couple of hours until they set.
  5. Each flavor separately serves 8.
Fork and Beans http://www.forkandbeans.com/
If you don’t have access to these molds, you can simple use popsicle molds or even try Dixie cups (talk about blast from the past, we used to have those cups in our bathroom growing up. Thinking about those cups makes me taste paper water. Hmmm, I just went off-track here). Also, keep in mind that you can flavor them any way you like. I don’t know how many kids enjoy the taste of cardamom but you can always leave it out. At least the inner child in you can enjoy it.

 Healthy Otter Pops

I’d love to hear what flavor variations you create. I love Instagram as of late and really enjoy seeing your Fork & Beans recreations!!

Also if you get the chance, check out my friend Amanda’s blog over at Pickles and Honey. She interviewed me about blogging and food but really, you should go over there because 1). She is a beautiful person and exudes kindness, 2). She creates incredible recipes, and 3). Her Instagram is filled with the CUTEST dogs in the world.  

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