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!