These protein popsicles are a creamy lemon flavor, and a gorgeous green thanks to spinach, and protein-rich superfood, spirulina. The sweet frozen treat is an ocean-green frozen treat that melts in your mouth.
Blue green protein popsicles are made from spinach and spirulina, a superfood made from seaweed that is extraordinarily high in protein. Spirulina powders have a reputation for tasting like pond scum, but not in these popsicles, thanks to a special sweet familiar fruit, pears and green grapes, among other tricks. Like my salted margarita popsicles, the color of these popsicles is like a Caribbean resort swimming pool.
Why You'll Love These
Protein rich popsicles. Popsicles are fun and refreshing in general, but it's a bonus when they can contribute to your nutritional daily needs. The spirulina in these pops is a blue-green algae that is a powerhouse of nutrients, adding to this treat protein, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, B-vitamins (though not B-12), iron and other nutrients.
The flavor is a citrus delight. These popsicles are creamy thanks to yogurt and a sweet citrus flavor thanks to green grapes and lime juice. You'll be taste testing before freezing and will have the chance to sweeten it further with maple syrup if needed.
Spirulina Powder. I used the green color powder, although you could use the blue version and turn your popsicles blue. Find it here.
Spinach. Or use kale. This is necessary to add green color. Use the baby version so the flavor is not so bitter.
Green grapes. Essential for sweet flavor, adds fiber and green color.
Dairy-free yogurt. Provides a creamy base. Or use your favorite milk.
Lime juice. A bright juice that amplifies the sweet flavor of the grapes.
Maple syrup. An unrefined sweetener in small quantities that is useful at overcoming the spirulina.
Baobab powder. This superfood is optional. Made from the root of a Baobab tree, it is rich in vitamin C and lends a citrus flavor to the popsicle.
How to Make Popsicles
1. Stir the spirulina powder into water to dissolve it. That way there won't be green specs in your popsicles.
2. Add the dissolved spirulina and other ingredients into a blender except maple syrup and process until smooth.
3. Taste test and add the maple syrup or more lime juice if needed.
4.If the mixture is too thick, add milk.
5. Once the mixture is adjusted, pour into molds, add sticks and freeze.
6.Freeze mold at least four hours or overnight. .
7. Remove from molds either by peeling back if silicon mold, or by running the bottom of the mold under hot water and tugging if using a harder mold. Freeze to store.
1.You can use all baobab instead of spirulina, but the color will be a pale green and the protein levels much lower.
2. Use pears, not peeled, instead of grapes. Don't use red grapes or the color will be muddy.
How Do Spirulina Popsicles Taste?
Spirulina tastes super fishy, but adding green grapes to this recipe offsets that. Lime juice also helps.
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Blue Green Protein Popsicles
- Stir the spirulina into 2 tablespoon water to dissolve it.
- Then throw all ingredients except for the maple syrup in blender, and blend smooth.1 cup dairy free yogurt, 2 cups spinach, baby leaves, 1 cup green grapes, ¼ cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon green spirulina powder
- Taste test to be sure the popsicles are not too bitter, yet not to sweet. To sweeten, add maple syrup and possibly more lime juice (which actually sweetens and works to offset any bitter flavor in a fresh, citrus-y way.2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Once adjusted, pour into molds. Put mold in freezer for about 30 minutes, then insert the sticks. Freeze the popsicles overnight.
- To remove from molds, peel back a silicon mold or run the bottom under hot water and tug.
- Store popsicles frozen up to three months.