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Mango Pops from weelicious.com

The best and worst news these days is that we have tons of information about the food we eat that wasn't around 30 years ago. It's easier than ever to educate yourself about what to feed yourself and your kids. The bad part is that you may scare yourself when you realize what you've been putting in your own body over the years. I can't even imagine how much culinary poison I consumed in my day, but my hope is that armed with knowledge and a love of food, my kids won't make the same mistakes I did. I believe it's a huge responsibility for myself and other parents to make sure we give our kids healthy foods free of additives and chemicals that are potentially going to be toxic in their little bodies -- like artificial food dyes. The challenge for us is that kids respond strongly to bright colors and so many unhealthy foods in the marketplace target our children by dyeing their products colors that can only be created in a lab. I recently read an article on Healthy Child, Healthy World's website called "Just Say No To Blue, Green, Red and Yellow" that points out a lot of the common and dangerous coloring food producers use. I'm not saying that it's always easy, but avoiding food colors and dyes can be easier then you think.

My kids love popsicles (what kid doesn't), so one simple thing I do is make these vivid Mango Pops. Not only are they a naturally vibrant orange-yellow that rivals any artificially colored popsicle, but they're also sweet, delicious and perfect during the summer heat. My kids enjoy making them almost as much as they love eating them. Instead of buying a box of popsicles made with additives that you probably can't even pronounce, have your kids help you whip up a batch of these mango pops. You'll know you're doing their bodies good and give yourself some peace of mind. Color yourself impressed!

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Mango Pops (Makes 4 Cups-8 Popsicles)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Cup Rice Milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Preparation

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until pureed.

2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

3. Serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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31 comments

  • Rachel

    can you use agave syrup instead of honey?

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    • Catherine

      Yes you can :)

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  • Jen

    where can I find the bomb pop style molds?

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    • Holly N.

      You can check in the Weelicious Cooking gear section (see the about us drop down menu above). They are sold on Amazon with several cool styles. I've been to buy some myself. :)

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    • Catherine

      http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B000G34F1Q :)

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  • Laura

    I too would love to use agave instead (since my baby isn't one yet). I just don't know if it's the same amount used TBSP for TBSP. What about using almond milk instead of rice milk?

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    • Catherine

      The agave would be the same amount as the honey used and almond milk is fine! :) let me know how they turn out!

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  • Nichole

    What kind of blender do you use? I have a food processor, but its not meant to hold a lot of liquid...it leaks out everywhere whenever I try.

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    • Catherine

      Same thing happened to me with my food processor, they can't really hold liquids. I actually have a Vita-Mix but any type of blender would be fine. The Vita-Mix is used in professional kitchens.

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  • Jessica

    Sounds delicious! I'm going to try it without the honey and substitute plain yogurt for the rice milk. Think it'll work?

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    • Catherine

      You would have to use some type of sweetener because when you freeze fruits or in this case the mango pops, there is a loss of flavor after you freeze them - they would just have a hint of mango. Because they are so cold, the flavors don't come out so you need the sweetener to bring out the flavors. We tested this recipe twice and we had to add more honey because there was no sweetness or any taste to the pops with our first try. You can definitely use yogurt, I'm sure the texture would be a little different. Let me know how what you do! :)

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  • Keltie

    My son and I have been making his popsicles all summer long - in the same rocket ship molds that you have!

    I make them with 100% juice, fruit purees, and even with some leftover blueberry agua fresca.

    I only have a box of mini freezies so that I can hand them out to the neighbourhood kids that play outside with DS.

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    • Catherine

      Popsicles are the best summer time treat!

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  • Lindsay

    Could you use regular homo milk? Or skim?
    Not sure the reasoning behind rice milk ...
    Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      I like the rice milk because of its flavor and it's what our family prefers but you can use any kind of milk :)

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    • Michelle

      Regular milk whether it be Homo, Skim or non-fat is really not good for your body. It is just plain fat and you get more calcium from juicing or eating leafy greens than milk. You can get Vitamin D by just going out in the sun everyday for about 30 mins. Just enough to not get sunburned. Read about it here www.milksucks.com (sounds a little harsh, I know)
      or try this site for info on what milk really does to your body www.notmilk.com

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  • Christine

    My son and I made these this afternoon. We are waiting for them to freeze but the puree tasted delicious. We used plain whole milk yogurt along with the mango and honey.

    Thanks for another delicious recipe!

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  • Blanca

    What's the difference, outside the size, from the big red mangos and the small yellow ones? I think the small ones are called manila mangos. They are super sweet--great in the fridge!

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    • Catherine

      The only difference is the size so if you were to use the small yellow mango, just use 4 of them to equal the size of the big ones :)

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  • Anja Thrive-From-Home-Mom

    Last year for my sons birthday party I decided to make our own popsicles. We actually used different fuit juices and filled them in ice trays and put little wooden popsicle sticks in them. Everyone that it was such a great idea. They were small enough that the little ones wouldn't be soaked and dripping all over the place.

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  • Jen

    Mango pops were a hit with my 2 year old. I made them with soy milk and 1/2 tbs honey and 1/2 tbs agave. (scrapped the jar for the last bit of local honey and soy was what we had on hand) DELICIOUS! And fun to make. I put the remaining mixture into ice cube trays for my now 2 month old to enjoy in the fall when he is ready to eat solids. Thanks Catherine for another great idea!

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  • Eva

    Hi, just one question, are your popsicle molds PVC free and if so, where did you get them?
    Thanks! It looks yummy!

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    • Catherine

      Yes they are, they are all located in our amazon store on the site :)

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  • Stephanie

    Agave is only rumored to be bad. I am a holistic nutritionist and it does have slower release into your blood stream than white sugar and is diabetic friendly. Like any sweetner, even honey you have to use it in moderation and see how it responds to each individual.

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  • Jodie

    These are so good!! Can't wait to try them with other berries.

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  • Sandy

    Do you have to use rice milk?

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    • Catherine

      You can use any type of milk you prefer!

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  • Lori

    We used agave and coconut milk and even had a little leftover to enjoy a smoothie while we're waiting for them to freeze. Yummy

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