After I posted my Paleo Popsicle Round Up last week I decided it would be a good idea to continue that trend and post a new popsicle recipe this week. Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles to be exact. Not only are these so pretty (at least I think so), but they taste amazing. Vanilla and strawberry flavours were just made for each other if you ask me. It has been so hot in Calgary recently that I have been craving cold, refreshing foods, and these popsicles definitely fit the bill.
Did you have a great weekend? I hope so! If you follow me on Instagram you would know that on Friday I got a long overdue haircut, just in time for a wedding that we had on Saturday. That was actually the only wedding that we have this summer which is unusual. I feel like we have had at least 2-3 every summer for the last few years. Although we are at the point now where pretty much all of our friends are now married so we shouldnt have that many weddings left to attend. That's kind of a sad thought isn't it? I actually love weddings. Well going to them anyways... I am still undecided about having my own wedding. The thought of standing in front of all of those people and saying such personal things to the person I love just doesn't really appeal to me. However, I do love wedding photos, and I do love pretty dresses, yummy food, time with friends, and jewelry, so I might be convinced to have a wedding one day. Maybe. I know my mother would be thrilled if I did. Although she would be even more thrilled if I decided to have kids. Another area I am still undecided on...
The wedding itself was gorgeous. It was held at The Lake House in Calgary and the day was perfect. The ceremony was nice and short (which I prefer), the flowers were beautiful, the bride and groom looked amazing, the food was delicious and the dancing was fun. Everything you could ask for in a wedding if you ask me. They had a live band from Ottawa (whose name I can't remember unfortunately) that were really good too! I only took a handful of photos but I will share a few of them here with you. Since it's not that often that I show you guys my face around here.
I really love the dress I was wearing at that wedding. A maxi dress with flowers and pockets. How perfect is that? The dress is from The Limited, which unfortunately no longer exists. I was so sad when I heard that store was closing. A good chunk of my wardrobe came from there. Every year when I go to Florida that was always one of the places I was most excited to go shopping at. Sadly no more. So if you have any suggestions for replacement stores please let me know.
But these Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles. Do they not look amazing? So pretty! And so, so tasty! They are also really easy to make because you just blend things together in your food processor or blender and then pour the ingredients into popsicle molds. That's it. There is hardly any prep involved in these making these popsicles. Which also means hardly any dishes to do. Yes, you are welcome.
Now I should say that I used this Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker to make these Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles. I had tried at least 2 other popsicle molds before finding and loving this one. It is by far the best popsicle mold I have tried. Why? Well, first it makes 10 popsicles which is so great, and second, it has this special lid with holes that you insert the popsicle sticks into so they stay perfectly straight. They look so much prettier than the popsicles made with plastic handles. Don't you think?
What else is great about these Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles? Besides tasting great they are also safe for almost every special diet. They are vegan, GAPS, paleo and SCD safe. They are also dairy free and refined sugar free. They also have a lot of healthy ingredients like coconut milk, fresh strawberries and raw honey. Yummy and healthy! I hope you like them as much as I do.
Until next time, happy eating everyone!
Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles Recipe
Strawberry Layer Ingredients
15 strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand because it has no guar gum or other additives)
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand)
1 TBSP honey (use raw and unpasteurized) - substitute with maple syrup for vegan
Strawberry Layer Directions
1. Place all the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I have) or Vitamix blender
2. Blend until smooth
3. Pour into your popsicle moulds (just over half full) - This is the popsicle mold that I use and highly recommend
4. Place in the freezer and freeze for 10-15 minutes
Vanilla Layer Ingredients
1 cup full fat coconut milk (I love this brand)
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (buy here)
3 TBSP honey (use raw and unpasteurized) - substitute with maple syrup for vegan
Vanilla Layer Directions
1. While the strawberry layer is freezing, clean and dry your food processor or blender
2. Add all the ingredients to your food processor (buy here) or blender and blend well until smooth
3. Remove the popsicle moulds from the freezer (after 10-15 minutes)
4. Pour the vanilla layer on top of the strawberry layer
5. Poke each popsicle a few times with the popsicle stick to create a swirl
6. Place the lid on the mold and put the popsicle sticks into each popsicle (use the slots on the top of the lid of your popsicle mold)
7. Place the molds back in the freezer and freezer for 3 hours, or until fully frozen
8. Serve and enjoy!
Yield: 10 popsicles
TIP: Run the popsicle molds under hot water for a few seconds when you remove them from the freezer to make the popsicles easier to remove from the mold