Well, that was weird. I didn’t mean to take such a long vacation from healthyeating blogging. I promise I haven’t been eating junk the entire time I’ve been gone. I’ve simply been feeling uninspired in the kitchen. Does warm weather ever do that to you? Truth be told, I might not even have a recipe for you today if it weren’t for a friend’s Facebook status yesterday. It’s true, she wrote, “Will someone PLEASE make a popsicle that has vitamins and protein but still tastes good? Because it’s so stinkin’ hot that all I want to eat are popsicles,” and I took it as a personal challenge.
My very first thought, for a protein rich popsicle, was custard. And I don’t mean anything complicated like actually making a custard and then freezing it, but rather that the concept behind a custard be present.
And, so, I slowly whisked 2 cups of scaled skim milk into four cold and beaten eggs. I added 2 tablespoons of sugar(I added two for the kids, but would probably have only added one for myself) and whisked constantly over medium high heat until the mixture reached a low boil. Then, I quickly removed the mixture from the heat and added 1 tablespoon of molasses, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
I blended the mixture thoroughly with 3 bananas, 1 cup of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of cocoa. The blended liquid was frothy, at first, so I let it sit for about ten minutes (and scooped the remaining froth from the top) before pouring it into the ice trays. I don’t have any fancy little popsicle makers (although they are now on my list), but I put a piece of foil over the tray to hold the popsicle sticks in place. And, well, it worked good enough for a practice run.
Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute.
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