Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Orange Cream Pop's For Tot's

I know I haven't posted in a few weeks. We had to be out of town for a death in the family and then out of town for a birth in the family. Life, it seems, has balanced back out for now and I've been able to get back in the kitchen creating. Today's recipe is inspired by a reader who reminded me about orange push pops that I used to love as a kid. My son has been pretty obsessed with Pudding Pop's for Tot's; as in he stands in front of the fridge, points at the freezer, and repeatedly says pop (even though he just finished eating one!) I was worried he may not like these non-chocolate, less sweet pops, but he loves them too. I love when other people enjoy my recipes but I'm proud when my son enjoys them. This recipe is super simple and you can adjust the orange juice to coconut milk ratio to suit your liking. Check out the notes and substations at the bottom for all my suggestions. Enjoy!

Orange Cream Pop's For Tot's

Gluten Free, Vegan Options
Makes 9 mini pop's

1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup canned full fat coconut milk
1 tbl grass-fed gelatin (omit for vegan or use agar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp turmeric powder (optional for color)
pinch of sea salt
1 tbl honey or maple syrup (optional if you like it sweeter)

Blooming the gelatin

  1. Add the orange juice to a small sauce pot and sprinkle with gelatin if using*. Let the gelatin bloom for a few minutes, which will keep it from clumping.
  2. Turn the heat to medium and whisk in the coconut milk, vanilla, turmeric, and salt. 
  3. Whisk until the gelatin dissolves. It should only take a few minutes. Then remove it from the heat.
  4. Taste and whisk in sweetener if you would like.
  5. Pour into 9 molds, and set in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Insert a stick into each mold, once it is firm enough to hold it upright and continue freezing for several hours until firm enough to pop out.
  7. Store in the freezer. I like to leave them in the mold covered with a piece of plastic wrap.

Notes and Substitutions 

  • I make these without any extra sweetener but it will just depend on how sweet your orange juice is and your families tastebuds.
  • I use orange juice from a carton but it will work with fresh. You can also try other juice flavors or blends.
  • *The gelatin is an optional step that keeps the pop's from melting so quickly. If you aren't using it then you don't need to heat it. Just mix all of the ingredients well and pour into the molds.
  • Don't skip the salt and vanilla, they really help bring out the flavor.
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