I don’t know about you, but it has been HOT. I am SO thankful that I’m not pregnant this summer because it is miserable outside during the day. That said there are great healthy ways to cool off if we do manage to go outside during the hot parts of the day. One of which are these delicious vegan frozen fruit bars! I looked at a lot of different popsicle recipes and frozen fruit bars and all of them were sweetened. Nothing wrong with them being sweetened with maple syrup or other sweetener but I personally didn’t want to be feeding my kids more added sugar than they already get.
Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is so delicious. We’ve been trying to stay conscious of what we bring into the house and how much sugar we’re consuming. It’s hard because sugar is in EVERYTHING. Seriously, I couldn’t believe when I picked up dried strawberries and there was a bunch of added sugar. Basically marketed as a health food when they’re the quality of gummy bears or a fruit snack. That opened my eyes, and now I try to make a lot of snacks for my kids at home. That way I control what goes in them.
Health And Nutrition Information
These fruit bars are wonderful because you could potentially sweeten them with maple syrup if you wanted them sweeter, but they are delicious without adding extra sugar. Coconut milk is a hearty and creamy plant-based milk that works great in these type of bars. I use blueberries and cherries in almost everything I can because they have such high antioxidant content (the darker the food the better). Since blueberries aren’t the sweetest fruit on their own, they really needed some additional fruit added to bring out natural sweetness. Our household favorite is mango. We use mango all the time so I always keep a Costco bag of frozen mango on hand.
These blended up so creamy in our Vitamix, but they would have been good with a little texture as well so if you used a less efficient blender or food processor you’d still come out with delicious bars.
What you’ll love about these vegan frozen fruit bars?
- They are free of refined sugar! Feed several of these to your kids without the guilt of all the added sugar.
- Packed with fruit. They are loaded with fruit so if they eat this versus a store-bought popsicle or bar they’re getting some real nutrition!
- Vegan. Whether you have a dairy allergy or are avoiding animal products, serve these worry free.
How to make these frozen fruit bars?
- These are literally the easiest dessert to make. Start by adding all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. You can make them chunky by not blending as long, but my kids prefer no pieces of fruit, so if it gets them to eat more fruit, I will sacrifice the chunks.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
- Freeze until firm, this is about 3 hours, give or take if your fruit were frozen or not.
Vegan Frozen Fruit Bars [V, GF, DF]
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 cup frozen mango
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Fill popsicle molds. You can use disposable cups and popsicle sticks if you don't have molds.
- Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours (longer if you use fresh berries).
- Remove from mold and enjoy!
If you try these bars, let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy. What are your favorite flavors of summer desserts?