Citrus Blue Crystal Popsicles (spirulina, vegan, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free)
Don’t these remind you of a sunny day on a beach?
I made these #howisummer pops especially in celebration of Billy Green’s annual Popsicle Week! What a fun week, this is the third year or so I have entered. Last year I entered chocolate pops, but this year blue is the ticket.
Why blue? Well, because of summer of course.
Remember those artificially-colored blue pops from days gone by? They were supposed to be lemon-flavored, right? But I don’t think they ever actually came in contact with a lemon. And they were blue from chemicals.
Not these! Like my other blue pops here, I used spirulina, a highly nutrition superfood and a great source of protein, energy and other nutrients. It comes green of course, but I used the special blue spirulina for these pops. Just blend and freeze.
Some people are hesitant to use spirulina in recipes because of the strong taste. I overcome it with maple syrup and lemon juice here. And a quality brand spirulina is important too. I linked to a brand below, but you can use your favorite. You want to use a trusted brand, and a powder, and you’ll be dissolving it in water.
I suggest you add half the sweetener first, and then taste-test the mixture in case that makes it sweet enough for you.
I hope these pretty blue pops are just what you needed today!
And scoot over to Billy Green’s @witandvinegar website to see all the other awesome entries into #popsicleweek.
Citrus Blue Crystal Popsicles
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Baobab powder (for citrus flavor and immunity support)
- 3/4 cup ice water + 1 or 2 tbsps Spirulina powder
- 1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
Blend water and 1-2 tbsp of blue spirulina powder until fully dissolved, using more or less to achieve the color you want.
Blend this mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Add half the maple syrup, taste-test for sweetness, add the rest of the syrup or less if you want less sweetness.
Slide a sliced lemon into the mold and pour in the liquid.
Freeze for one hour, then insert sticks.
Freeze for at least 4 hours before eating.
Remove popsicles by submerging mold (not getting popsicles wet) in a tub of hot water. Pull out a popsicle, put it in the freezer immediately. Enjoy!