Almond Butter Blueberry Popsicles Dipped in Chocolate, Sesame Seeds and Almonds

Almond Butter Blueberry Popsicle by Meeta K. Wolff-0007

Ever since our return from Alaska the weather has been a bit of everything. From warm sunny days with a cooling breeze, to hot humid days similar to those in Dubai or even monsoon-like summer rainy days reminiscent to Bombay, to cool autumn-like mornings. It seems Mother Nature just is having trouble deciding on which weather to shower on us.

Well it’s August, the last few weeks of summer break lie ahead of us and we just need some really good constant summer weather. Nothing seems to stop us from enjoying the summer feeling here. Soeren was at Summer Camp for a week at the Baltic Sea and has brought back a “Life is a Beach!” spirit with him. Although I am busy working on a few new photography projects we are having fun together. He is an awesome help and comes to the rescue whenever I need extra hands, legs to run up and down and has many great ideas.

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It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that he is going to be 14 this month! In Alaska the three of us spent a lot of time together and it was fantastic. There were no tantrums and no grumbling and we all got along for 3 weeks like a house on fire. When we returned he went off to Summer Camp and although I missed him it was just good not to have the responsibility and just focus on things I wanted. That really is a luxury I cherish! When he returned he seemed taller, more mature and his voice was deeper. I sent off a boy and a week later a young man returned. 

His feet are massive! I am astounded by the size of his feet. I have them pictured in my head as tiny, cute little feet that I loved to kiss as he lay on the bed when I was changing him. Now they are huge and everywhere! I still tickle them whenever he is crashed on the sofa and I get a deeper laugh back instead of those gurgled giggles

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I am very much enjoying his company – he is a smart and intelligent young man and makes me laugh with his dry humor. The other day we decided to make ice cream. As I put together the ingredients, Soeren came back and told me the story of how popsicles were found. He has not fallen far from the tree. I too love researching the history and the background of all things that interest me. The fact that he has taken history for his iGCSE just makes me happy. I look forward to many evenings of researching and discussing the past with him.

We decided to make the ice cream into popsicles, so while he explained that it was in fact the mind of a young 11 year old boy behind the making of popsicles, I began creating our own popsicle flavor.

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Popsicles were actually created accidently. Back in 1905, 11 year old Frank Epperson from Oakland California, forgot a glass filled with a powdered soda mix and a wooden stirring spoon outside on his porch. The next morning when young Frank Epperson found the liquid frozen solid, he ran the glass under hot water, removing the ice pop with the stick handle. The first popsicle was created. He called them “Epsicles” and made them for all his friends and family and later for his own children. It was not until 1923 that Frank Epperson filed for a patent for his invention. Up until then he continued to call them “Epsicles,” his children however preferred to call them Pop's 'sicles – that name stuck, the popsicles went viral and the rest is history! 

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I was keen to make these popsicles with no sugar to make them a healthier treat and we generally prefer creamier versions of frozen desserts. With those basic decisions out of the way the rest was fairly easy. There were very ripe bananas on the table that were begging to be used and a jar of luscious smooth almond butter was the perfect ingredient for the creaminess we wanted.

A slight decadence is dipping the bars into melted dark chocolate and then coating them with crunchy toasted almonds and sesame. Vive la Summer!

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As the real sweetness comes from the bananas make sure that the bananas you use are very ripe. Use smooth almond butter and if you prefer using raspberries or other fruit there are no limitations. You can also omit the berries altogether. We thought they added a tangy fruity flavor to the popsicles.

Recipe: Almond Butter Blueberry Popsicles Dipped in Chocolate, Sesame Seeds and Almonds

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Makes: 8 popsicles


Ingredients

For the popsicles
  • 355 ml almond milk
  • 245 g thick Greek yogurt
  • 90 g creamy almond butter
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped put
  • 100g fresh blueberries



For the chocolate dipping sauce
  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 150 g coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds



Method

  1. To make the popsicles mix all ingredients (for the popsicles), except the blueberries, in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Drop a few blueberries in popsicle molds then carefully pour the milk mixture into the popsicle molds.
  2. Place the molds in the freezer for about an hour then remove. Jiggle the wooden popsicles sticks into the molds. Then place back into the freezer and freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours.
  3. To remove the popsicles from the molds, run the plastic part of the mold under hot water for a few seconds.
  4. Roast the sesame seeds and almonds until golden. Set aside and allow to cool.
  5. Combine the chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently to keep from burning. When the chocolate has completely melted, remove from heat and set aside. Cool the chocolate completely before using.
  6. Dip each popsicle in the melted chocolate then dip in the nuts and sesame seeds. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper and return to the freezer for a few minutes until chocolate has set.




Verdict

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These are the perfect summer treat – as close to guilt-free as you can get without skimping on the flavor part. Dip only part of these, or drizzle it with, or sink the whole bar into the chocolate – you decide. I love having the choice to mix and match as it suits the tastes. The basic recipe is for keeps this summer!

Looking for a few more great ice cream and popsicle treats to beat the summer heat? My fiends have given me a few pretty cool recommendations - make sure you check them out!

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26 comments:

  1. These popsicles are so pretty and I'm sure they must taste heavenly. A great combination of flavours. Wonderful clicks too.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you ROsa! They are heavenly. I wish you could come around and try some. Thanks always for your kind words!

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  2. I love these!
    One question: Correct me if I am wrong, but 350g chocolate seems to be lot for 8 popsicles!

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    1. HA! Not if you are a chocoholic like we are! But seriously - yes it should be 150g! Thanks for pointing it out!

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  3. Those Pops Sicles ;) look truly delicious. I'm loving the addition of sesame seeds in the sprinke mixture. The combination of flavours sounds like a truly wonderful dessert!

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    1. They are Amanda - especially those sesame seeds and chocolate!

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  4. what a luxurious summer night is waiting for me, thanks to youir recipe :-)

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    1. Oh yes! Hope you enjoy every bite of that summer night ;)

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  5. These are beautiful and I just love the chocolate dip. Anything with almond butter gets the thumbs up from me too.

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    1. I love nut butters too ... so amazingly versatile!

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  6. Beautiful post. Loved reading it. I love history as well. And for kids, they grow up way too fast.
    I have a 4 year old.., I should try this recipe for him.

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    1. Yes I am sure he will like the popsicles too Aish. ENjoy your time with him!

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  7. Stunning pictures, Meeta and loved reading about Soeren! What a wonderful kid:)

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    1. Hey Bina thanks! Yes he is special (touch wood)!

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  8. Love this flavor combo --- we're on the same popsicle page today :)

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    1. I am loving your rainbow combo too Sue! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. These popsicles look soo yum Meeta! what stunning shots! loved them all!

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  10. Your photographs never cease to amaze me Meeta! So inviting!

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    1. Thanks Tina! COme on over and have a few of these with me!

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  11. Are there any nut butters that don't go deliciously with chocolate?! Probably not haha. Yum!

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    1. Nope! I think they all work extremely well with nut butters.

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  12. These pospicles looks so beautiful and delicious. I love the combo!

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  13. I can't decide which of these to try making first - the tutti frutti ones or these!

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  14. These kids are growing up so quickly !! I can totally understand what you mean Meeta :) Another one year or soo my lil boy will have 2 digits on his cards. Sigh!! How time flies soon.

    How I wish, I could grab one of these popsicles from my screen!! Can I ask you what brand of the mould do you use for popsicles?

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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Meeta