Popsicles that feature the incredible healthy protein-rich superfood, spirulina, in a gorgeous ocean-green frozen treat that melts sweetly in your mouth and looks like a pop that descended from outerspace.
Blue Green Spirulina Popsicles
And so here we have spirulina popsicles. Pond scum popsicles. Haha. Even though that's true, we won't call them that.
They are refreshing, lemony, and THAT COLOR! No photoshop trick of course, as anyone in the healthy food world can guess, these pops are blue with health, Spirulina health!
How Healthy is Spirulina?
Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is a powerhouse of nutrients, is incredibly high in protein, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, B-vitamins (though not B-12), iron and other nutrients, and is considered one of the most potent nutrient sources available..
And it is the color of the ocean!
Spirulina is actually said to be the most nourishing food in the world.
It is being looked at by NASA to feed astronauts in space. It is being looked at by the World Health Organization to see if it can be used to obliterate starvation worldwide.
One aspect of it's nutritional panel is that it contains all essential amino acids - nutritional components often missing form any diet and yet are essential to proper cell function. There are more benefits, but that alone is everything!
How Does It Taste?
It tastes super fishy though, so this recipe is designed to keep the color but overcome the fishiness and I believe it works!
Spirulina has been enjoying social media popularity for a few years now because of the color. The taste has always been a bit of a deterrent, so I masked it here with creamy, naturally sweet nut milk, nut butter and maple syrup, and citrus to boost all the natural sweet tones that nut milk and syrup bring.
The blue spirulina produces an aqua blue color in my recipes. Some people made things that are super deep blue though. It is a fun variation and equally as healthy.
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Blue Green Spirulina Popsicles
- Stir the spirulina into the water to dissolve it. Then throw all ingredients in blender, blend smooth.
- Taste test to be sure the pops are not too bitter, yet not to sweet.
- Variables are the amount of water and sweetness in your nut milk. And the bitterness level of your brand of spirulina. Add water if it is too sludgy (you really want it liquidy so the popsicles freeze into icy pops); Add maple syrup or even more lime juice (which actually sweeten and works to offset any bitter flavor in a fresh, citrus-y way.)
- Once adjusted, pour into molds. Put mold in freezer for about 30 minutes, then insert the sticks.Freeze the pops overnight.
- To remove from molds without melting pops is always a bit of a challenge, especially with icy pops like these.
- I fill a stew pot with hot water from the tap, and stand the mold in it, taking care to not let water touch the popsicles. Every 10 seconds or so, I remove the whole mold, and tug at a single Popsicle. Usually 1-3 are loose enough to come out. I then put the mold back in the water another 10 seconds or so, remove it, try to tug out a few more, and keep doing this until I have all the pops out.
- As I remove them, I put them on a layer of parchment paper and pop back in the freezer to enjoy as needed!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.