Who says that the most wonderful time of the year is in December? This is nature’s summer harvest time and it’s such a blessing to be able to enjoy the season’s best in abundant quantities.
We are wild about peaches and watermelons this year for breakfast-sometimes only adding some yogurt or cheese with a large platter of fruit- so I wanted to turn it into a quick to-go form so that we can enjoy early morning walks on one of the many local trail systems before the heat of the day sets in.
A couple months ago, I ordered new popsicle molds and I am a converted believer. They have saved some serious dough at the market and kept me from buying boxes upon boxes of manufactured ones- plus, I can use my farmer’s market goodies in them. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this sooner!
Two of my favorite late summer fruit are peaches and watermelons, which grow abundantly in Albemarle County and both have some surprising health benefits.
Peaches are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which have been known to have benefits ranging from protecting against cancer to protecting the body against infections and illness.
Watermelon is a source of energy and water, and has high amounts of lycopene, which gives the watermelon the red color and has been known to decrease levels of cholesterol in the body.
For the peaches, leave the skin on- especially if they are local, organic peaches! Most of the nutrition is in the outside layer, and you won’t miss it when it’s all been blitzed in the food processor.
I also was able to use my Baby Bullet that I was gifted when my little one was born. I used it so often to make our own baby food but it keeps impressing me on how much it has been useful since it was gifted nearly three years ago.
What are some of your favorite fruit freezer pop flavors?
Watermelon, Peach, and Yogurt Freezer Pops
makes 12 pops
1/4 medium-sized watermelon, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup honey or demerara sugar
1/2 cup full-fat yogurt, sweetened with 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp vanilla
2 medium-sized peaches, sliced
2 tbsp-1/4 cup apple juice
2 tbsp honey or demerara sugar
First blend your watermelon ingredients together in a food processor or Baby Bullet. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Prepare the yogurt with the honey and vanilla and set it aside.
Add the peaches, apple juice and sugar together in the same food processor bowl (no need to wash!) and set aside.
Add the peach mixture first to the bottom of the popsicle mold. Add in a layer of yogurt and top with the watermelon mixture. Add the lids and freeze for 4 hours to overnight.