It isn’t a patriotic summer holiday in America without red, white, and blue plus some sparklers! After a yummy burger, grilled veggies, or any of these dietitian approved barbecue recipes, these creamy patriotic smoothie popsicles are fun for kids and adults to eat at the end of a hot day. Try them this 4th of July – or any day of summer – for a refreshing treat the whole family will love!
Vegan 4th of July
These smoothie popsicles can be made with or without dairy to satisfy any special diet and are super easy to throw together the day before your 4th of July barbecue! Just take the cashew yogurt option in the recipe for vegan, dairy-free popsicles. If you’re looking for more vegan 4th of July recipes, my Garbanzo Berry Cupcakes are another fun red, white, and blue option. Plus, my Spinach Artichoke Dip offers a dairy-free take on a classic appetizer, my Chickpea Black Bean Burgers are a vegan entree that’s easy to throw on the grill, and my Pistachio Pesto Potatoes are a terrific alternative to potato salad.
Smoothie Popsicles Ingredients
The yogurt base gives these popsicles a smooth and creamy texture. Aside from that, all you need is frozen fruit for the perfect amount of sweetness and a touch of vanilla extract for flavor. Frozen raspberries would sub in great if you don’t have strawberries on hand, and if you’re not going for the patriotic look you can swap in mango, pineapple, peaches, or virtually any type of fruit. Let me know what you try in the comments!
The frozen fruit adds a good source of fiber, and that, plus protein from the yogurt, makes these smoothie pops more filling than your average popsicle. Perfect to satisfy hungry kids – or adults – while they wait for dinner to be ready. Whether you serve these as a snack or dessert, they’re bound to be a hit all around!
Have a wonderful 4th of July – God Bless America!
Patriotic Smoothie Popsicles
These creamy smoothie popsicles can be made with or without dairy and are the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day!
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 5 ounces plain dairy or cashew yogurt (can use plain kefir or cultured dairy free beverage as well)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries (wild or regular)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 5 ounces strawberry dairy or cashew yogurt
Pulse the banana, plain yogurt, and vanilla extract in a blender until smooth.
Pour equal amounts into 3-4 ounce popsicle molds.
Add 1/2 to 1 tablespoons blueberries to each mold, and stir around with a small spoon or popsicle stick.
Place molds in freezer for 20 minutes.
While the first half is in the freezer, rinse the blender before adding the strawberries and strawberry yogurt, and pulsing until smooth.
Remove the popsicle molds from the freezer and top with the strawberry mixture.
Add popsicle stick or the popsicle mold handle into the top.
Place in freezer for at least 5 hours before serving.