Just in time for summer, Anni Daulter has composed another fabulous, healthy recipe book for children but this time the focus is all about frozen delights. I was more than happy to test a few recipes on the girls for a fun book review of Ice Pop Joy
Like Daulter’s other book, Organically Raised, you will find mouthwatering images of the ice pops being held by equally gorgeous children. The photography is always one of the most delightful parts of Daulter’s books.
The book is sectioned by main ingredients and includes pure fruit pops, veggie pops, yogurt pops, tofu pops, herbal tea pops, chocolate pops and more. Daulter includes a wide variety of healthy ingredients including natural sweeteners and a huge variety of healthy fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables.
In order to properly review Ice Pop Joy, I let Brielle, Bianca and our little hostess here in Florida each pick a recipe. Brielle picked Goo Goo Ga Ga (apples, mangoes and yogurt), Bianca picked Treehouse Pop (high protein nut butters) and Kaylee picked Rock Star (strawberries, kale, blueberries, wheat germ). Prior to our trip, I ordered a few cool popsicle molds (these and these) from Amazon because the book features popsicles created from a variety of molds in the book and it really seems to add to the visual interest of the popsicle.
The first thing I noted about the recipes is the cost involved. I hit a health food store because many of the ingredients would be tough to find at a mainstream grocery store. Some ingredients would be pantry items that you can use for future popsicles but many are one time use items. I spent about $50-$60 on the ingredients for the three popsicles but you could save a bit if you didn’t buy organic produce. You can also cut the recipes in half or quarters if you are only making popsicles for a few children. The recipes are designed to make 8 pops and the molds I bought each only have four containers anyway.
The second thing that impressed me was the amount of work involved. This is not just pouring juice in a mold and throwing it in the freezer. These pops are healthy, substantial and involve food blends and it took a fair amount of work to steam, cut, puree, blend, chop, reduce and liquefy. Many recipes require a food processor, blender and/or steamer.
The ice pops came out thick because they are solid food, not just juice. Treehouse Pop was a blend of peanut butter, walnuts, cashews, almonds and heavy cream. I thought I was going to break the blender. It was so thick that it needed to be spooned into the molds for freezing. These pops are thick and creamy because they are the real deal. The ones we tried did not melt or drip even in the hot Florida sun and were eaten best with teeth instead of tongues like most common store pops.
The best part is that they are delicious and unbelievably nutritious. Daulter incorporates outstanding ingredients like quinoa, kale, flax seeds and herbal teas and they blend invisibly into the ice pop. They work great for parents trying to sneak extra nutrition but they work even better as a stand alone meal. You wont feel any guilt for letting your little one have a popsicle for breakfast with these ingredients.
Ice Pop Joy is another winner from Anni Daulter. This is a great go to book for fun, nutritious summer activities to get your kids involved in kitchen and provide some excellent nutrition in the process. Find Ice Pop Joy at Amazon and don’t forget to check out their Facebook page too.
Disclaimer: Like all my reviews, this book review was unpaid but I did receive a free copy of the book.