In my ongoing quest to find tasty kid-friendly meals for you that are healthy and appropriate for the whole family, this week I thought I'd share a frozen treat, perfect for July Fourth celebrations. I found the recipe in "Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone," by Krystina Castella (Quirk Books; $5 as part of the Kohl's Cares program where 100 percent of the net profit will be donated to support kids' health and education initiatives).
THE RECIPE: PB & Sesame Raspberry Pops
(Makes six 8-ounce pops or eight 6-ounce pops)
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1 cup plain yogurt
-1 cup milk
-4 tablespoons honey
-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups raspberries
-2 cups raspberry juice
-4 tablespoons sesame seeds
-Ice pop molds
-Ice pop sticks
1. Combine the peanut butter, yogurt, milk, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the vanilla extract in a food processor or blender; process until smooth.
2. In a spouted cup, combine the raspberries and raspberry juice.
3. Partially fill the pop molds with the peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least one hour.
4. Partially fill the molds with the raspberry mixture. Insert the sticks. Freeze for at least one hour.
5. Fill the molds with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Freeze for at least eight hours.
6. Remove from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for five minutes before removing the pops from the molds.
7. Spoon some of the remaining honey around the rim of each pop. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the honey to coat.
ALTERNATIVES: You can replace the raspberries with three overripe bananas and the raspberry juice with milk. Blend the banana and milk together.