Well, maybe not. But it’s hot. It’s hot where I am and, more than likely, hot where you are too (if my weatherman is honest at all).
Raise your hand if you’ve already started buying sugar free popsicles in bulk from Costco for your deep freezer. Yeah, I thought so.
Those things are a delicious and low-cal way to satisfy your sweet tooth and you won’t hear anything negative about them from me. However, I do have another option to throw in the ring.
Do you have trouble getting your daily protein? Do you like frozen fruit bars, fudgesicles and the like? Well have I got something for you!
This is the first of many recipes that I’ll share over the summer for these. Like protein shakes, the possibilities are endless!
Nik’s Strawberry-Banana Protein Pops
2 c. milk (I use skim)
1 box sugar-free banana cream pudding mix
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 c. frozen strawberries
This is an easy three step process. While I use my bullet here (and you’ll see from the picture that it was too small to handle this job) I recommend using a traditional blender for this.
Step One: In your blender, combine milk, pudding mix and protein powder. Blend about a minute or until thoroughly mixed. Add in strawberries (if the mixture has thickened too much, add in about an ounce of water to help it along) and blend again until strawberries are distributed throughout. It’s ok if there’s small berry chunks in there (so long as you don’t mind it).
Step Two: Carefully pour your mixture into popsicle molds. I use molds that make four popsicles. The size of your molds determines how many pops this recipe yields, which is why I didn’t say how many above.
Step Three: Freeze for at least two hours. When you’re ready to have a pop, you may have to run your mold under the water tap (room temperature water) to release it from the mold.
Like I said, you really are limited only to your own imagination with these things. You can use any combination of pudding, protein flavor and fruit to make whatever flavor YOU like.
I will say this one is yummy. I chose to use banana pudding instead of actual bananas to limit the carbs. If you’re potassium deficient, feeding the kiddos or just dig real bananas, hey, I don’t micromanage your pouch! I’m just here to spread the love.
Want more protein pop ideas? Check out the Bariatric Foodie Guide to Perfect Protein Shakes (available on Amazon). It’s got dozens of flavor ideas that can be made into protein pops, shakes, frozen treats and more!