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The Perfect Pops

It's okay Popsicle, I like you!

As the days get hotter, everyone is looking for that ice cool treat. Most people turn to ice cream, but it’s not the best solution. Filled with fat and sugar, ice cream is easily beat by a nice refreshing ice pop. However, the ones you buy in stores or from the ice cream truck may be low in fat and calories, but they are very high in sugar. So here are two types of pops that I make at home: neither has any added sugar, and both are super satisfying. And not only are they a healthy treat for you to enjoy, but they are so easy to make!

To make your own popsicles, all you need are some basic ingredients and an ice pop mold (which can be purchased for less than $2 from any supermarket).

#1: The Milkshake Pop

This pop is completely homemade, yet takes less than 5 minutes to whip together.  All you need is 1 cup plain non fat yogurt, 2 sliced bananas, 1/2 cup skim milk, honey and cinnamon. Put the ingredients into a blender for 2 or 3 minutes and pour into the mold. The amount of honey you use depends on how sweet you want your pops – I use 2 tablespoons. You can also add other fruits, such as strawberries or melon. You’ll have 8 pops at 50 cal each!

#2: The Pudding Pop

This pop is made using sugar free pudding mix. There are so many flavors by Jell-O that you won’t get bored – experiment a little!  You’ll need 1 box Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding, 2 cups fat free milk. Simply prepare the pudding by whisking the powder with the milk and pour into your popsicle molds. You’ll have 8 pops at 35 cal each!


Bombastic Black Bean Brownies

Yes, I know that I must sound completely crazy when I use ‘black beans’ and ‘brownies’ in the same recipe title. But believe me, I’m not. The black beans are a substitute for flour, and by using beans instead, you go from around 250 cals/brownie to only about 60! Now THAT is a huge improvement. Plus, you get additional vitamins and health benefits from eating beans instead of carb-filled flour. Can this get even better? Hold your horses – it can. Making these brownies pretty much involves only step. Believe it!

This recipe was created by Chef Rocco, but I used Ridiculously Healthy‘s recipe because it involves fewer ingredients. What can I say, I’m lazy sometimes 😦 

Step 1) Put all ingredients (except chocolate chips) into blender and blend really well. Leave it in the blender for a long time, otherwise pieces of black bean will be tasted/ seen. I blend my batter for about 5 minutes.

Pour into a baking dish sprayed with PAM and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350°F for half an hour.

– approx. 60 cal/ brownie – 

My Black Bean Brownies currently have an air-filled, soft consistency. I love my brownies thick and cake-like, so if anyone tries this and adds something to make them this way, PLEASE tell me! I’m currently experimenting, but I can always use your help!