To get up to speed on the Thunder Cake Recipe Challenge, read about the book, the recipe, and the veggie sneaking challenge HERE.
Kathleen Daniels is as friendly and bubbly as she is honest. This is the type of recipe you would expect from her…delicious, simple, refreshing and with a little twist I never would have thought of!
Here is her simple and perfect for summer Thunder Cake Recipe Challenge Winning recipe:
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1 squeeze of fresh lime juice
3 TBS. honey
Directions: Mix cucumbers in a blender/food processor. Strain pureed cucumbers through a strainer. Mince 6-8 mint leaves and blend with strained cucumber “juice.” Add a squeeze of lime juice & honey. Place a mint leaf in each popsicle if desired. Pour in popsicle molds and freeze for 6+ hours.
Why the is recipe is a winner: Kathleen says these popsicles are easy to make with your kids because there are only a few ingredients. You can blend up the ingredients in a food processor but your kids might have just as much fun pulverizing the ingredients with their hands and a fork! Four cucumbers spread across 4-8 popsicles (depending on the size) definitely gives you 1/2 to more than a serving of veggies. The ingredients in all four recipes are natural (real honey versus sugar substitutes) and will give your kids more nutritional value than a fruit juice popsicle sweetened with splenda and laden with chemicals, dyes and fillers. Cucumbers are a tasty way to keep your kids hydrated in the summer and are a good source of vitamin K, one of the shortfall nutrients kids in the U.S. don’t get enough of. Mint is an herb with gastrointestinal health benefits too.
Kathleen provided us with three more bonus, healthy popsicle recipes. Thanks Kathleen!
6 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
3 cups organic vanilla full-fat yogurt, Greek (or buy plain and add some honey & vanilla)
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
Directions: Mix strawberries in a blender/food processor. Layer yogurt and pureed strawberries in popsicle molds and freeze for 6+ hours. Remove from molds and roll in macadamia nuts.
2 TBS. honey (more if your peaches aren’t that sweet)
4 sprigs of fresh lavender
Directions: Mix peaches and honey in a blender/food processor. Add the leaves from the sprigs of lavender & stir with a spoon. Pour into popsicle molds or cups and freeze for 6+ hours.
6 fresh oranges
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Directions: Juice the oranges. Add the leaves from the sprigs of rosemary and pour in popsicle molds and freeze for 6+ hours.