Last year, Anni Daulter delighted little ones and parents alike with her feast for the eyes and tummy – Organically Raised – Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers. This year, Daulter takes on a classic summer favorite – ice pops! Homemade ice pops save you money and save on resources too (think about all that store bought pop packaging). Plus you can make your homemade ice pops with fresh and healthy ingredients, especially with Daulter’s new book, Ice Pop Joy to help. Daulter offers a slew of ice pop creations made with seasonal fruits, nutritious vegetables, protein packed whole foods and natural-minded sweeteners. Read on to see the pros and cons of Ice Pop Joy. Make sure to stick around until the end, because I’ve included a yummy bonus sample recipe from the book at the end!


Lots of goodness packed into Ice Pop Joy

  • Daulter packs a lot of great information into Ice Pop Joy, including tips for getting your kids to eat healthy, finding ice pop molds, freezing tips, sweeteners to use for ice pops and of course, dozens of yummy ice pop recipes.
  • The book is full of beautiful ice pop images by Alexandra DeFurio that will have you attempting to lick the pages.
  • Seven different ice pop chapters are included – pure fruit, veggie, yogurt, tofu, herbal, chocolate and specialty ice pops. Each chapter includes in-depth information about the types of pops. For example in the yogurt pop chapter, Daulter covers the various types of yogurt on the market, along with how and where to buy.
  • At my house we’ve tried a few of the ice pop recipes – Pure Sunshine Organic Ice Pops for example, and found them to be very yummy. Beyond the ice pops we’ve made and tried, there are many more that we’re eager to taste-test, such as the chocolate raspberry pops, lavender flower pops, watermelon pops, bing cherry tofu pops and more. This book is packed with plenty of classic ice pop recipes, plus new intriguing ice pop flavors as well.


What could be improved in Ice Pop Joy

  • Wooden sticks are recommended in the book – for ice pop handles, but I think reusable ice pop molds with reusable sticks are almost always the best way to go, if you want your pops to be eco-friendly.
  • Some of these ice pop recipes run a bit on the expensive side, ingredient wise, but nothing insane. Plus, you really need to consider that your family is worth quality ingredients.
  • I wish this book was printed on recycled paper. Although, for what it’s worth, Daulter has told me that it wasn’t her call when it came to the paper type used for this book.
  • I disliked the references offered at the end of the book. They seemed very last minute to me and could have been way better.

Overall

The pros of Ice Pop Joy seriously outweighed the cons. I’d highly suggest this book for any family that wants to learn how to make healthy, yummy and  icy cold treats all year long. Keep reading for a sample Ice Pop Joy recipe.


Delicious sample Ice Pop Joy recipe – Breakfast Ice Pops

To make the yummy breakfast ice pops shown above, gather the following ingredients (use organic and Fair Trade ingredients when possible).

  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Puree the almond butter and bananas in your blender. Add all the other ingredients to the blender and blend well. Pour mixture into reusable ice pop molds and freeze until solid. Enjoy! Makes 4 (5 oz.) ice pops.

+ Ice Pop Joy $12.89

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