Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Whole Fruit Pina Colada Popsicles

A few weeks ago, I got a bright idea.  I decided to make homemade popsicles with real fruit so we would always have a healthy snack around this summer.  This idea was so perfect!

There’s no end of flavors you can make and they’re all delicious.  (See the recipes below for Pina Colada Popsicles and Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles)

Whole fruit is good for you.

They’re quick and easy to make.

The molds were cheap to buy in the grocery store.

I was sure that I’d be able to resist my beloved ice cream once I had a freezer filled with homemade pops.

All of those things were true, but one.  I’ll let you guess which one.

I started by making Pina Colada Popsicles based on the recipe by Shutterbean.  I didn’t use real rum in mine, but went with imitation extract.  You can also leave out the rum flavor all together.  I also didn’t strain the popsicles before freezing.  I wasn’t concerned with making them perfectly smooth.

I really liked the Pina Colada Popsicles.  They taste like vacation and summertime.  So refreshing!

Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Serves: 10 popsicles

Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut in cubes
  • ⅓ cup canned coconut milk, stirred well
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. rum extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze until firm, 3-4 hours.

Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicle

For the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles I used a bag of frozen triple variety cherries I bought at Costco.  I envisioned the vanilla yogurt being more swirled in these, but it turned out more blended.  Next time, I think I would just stir it all together and not worry about trying to make them look pretty.

The flavor of the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt pops is wonderful.  Very cherry with creamy, sweet yogurt.  This could be breakfast!

This recipe is based on this one from Steel House Kitchen. I used Greek style vanilla yogurt instead of plain and I skipped the honey.

Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Serves: 10 popsicles

Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1 cup Greek style vanilla yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place cherries in blender and blend till nearly smooth.
  2. Stir yogurt into cherries.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze till firm, 3-4 hours.

As I said at the top of the post, all of the statements below are true except one.

There are more homemade popsicle variations than there are fruits.  So many to choose from!

Popsicles made with real fruit is healthy, especially if you include other healthy ingredients.

Freezer pops only take a few minutes of prep time.  Once they’re in the freezer it’s just a matter of waiting.

Decent popsicle molds are readily available and inexpensive.

For the statement that didn’t turn out to be true – Even with a freezer full of delicious, homemade popsicles I cannot give up the ice cream.  You guys, I love ice cream with a deep, deep love.  I can’t quit it!

 

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Learning to Enjoy the Good Things in Life – Plus S’mores Milkshakes

Smores Chocolate Milkshake

Back in the winter, during a big snow that confined us in the house, Jim and I decided to cash in our frequent flyer miles.  We booked a trip to Paris, France for the first week of August.  Crazy!  We’ve been gathering air miles and thinking of going to Europe for a few years now, but we kept putting it off for one reason and another.  It felt good to have the trip booked and planned.

As the trip got closer, I started to feel like maybe we shouldn’t go.  It just feels so extravagant.  Then we discovered that the dishwasher had been leaking slowly for a long time.  Long enough to ruin the cabinet next to it.

Things had to be propped up.

Kitchen without dishwasher and cabinet

I began to really wonder if we should spend the money on the trip.  We can still afford it though, and of course, it was too late to cancel anyway.  But I was having such trouble justifying the trip to myself.

I mean – Paris!  It’s a dream trip!  We aren’t celebrating anything.  No big birthdays or anniversaries.  If we wanted to get away, we could do a closer trip that’s less expensive.

Then it hit me that Paris is like those wonderful milkshakes you see on Instagram and Pinterest – the kind with a whole other dessert on top of them.  Just like those shakes, Paris is decadent and delicious and absolutely impossible to justify.

Smores Milkshake with Cookie

The thing is, why should I need to justify it to myself at all?

I realized that I have trouble accepting the really great things in life and enjoying them as they come.

I determined to change my attitude about the trip.  To stop trying to justify it and stop feeling guilty for taking a once in a lifetime trip with my husband.  Honestly it doesn’t get any better than that and I want to enjoy it fully with no guilt attached and no need to justify it.

Shortly after this epiphany, Jim had a bad bike wreck.  I got a call at 6:30am from a stranger saying he’d been in an accident and they were waiting on the ambulance.  By the time I got there, he was loaded on the ambulance, bleeding and immobilized because they feared a neck or spine injury.

He ended up having a concussion and lots of bruises, scrapes and road rash, but he’s recovering just fine.  His wreck was three weeks before our trip, but he’s going to be fine to go.

Then the air conditioner in our house stopped working.  More real life stuff coming at us.  More reasons to make me second guess taking this trip.

Milkshake jar ready

Life is messy.  But we are all prepped for this trip.  Life isn’t perfect, and waiting for the perfect time for a once in a lifetime event would be foolish.  We are ready to experience all the decadent goodness of traveling together to Paris!

Which brings me to these S’mores Milkshakes.  We consume a lot of milkshakes at our house, but they aren’t as decadent as these.  This time, I wanted to go all out!

I started with top notch ingredients.

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I popped into Kroger for Promised Land Chocolate Milk and Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream.  The actual milkshake part of this dessert has only those two ingredients.  And I have to say that this is the best chocolate milkshake I’ve ever had at home.  That Promised Land Chocolate Milk is almost like a milkshake before even adding ice cream.  It’s so good!

The S’mores part of the shake comes from prepping the jar and adding a S’mores cookie that I picked up in the Kroger bakery.

To prep the jar, I swiped marshmallow and fudge toppings inside the glasses.  More marshmallow topping rimmed the outside of the jars and dripped down in imperfect, messy streams.  I scattered chocolate sprinkles on the marshmallow topping.

Pour the chocolate milkshake into the prepped glasses.  Top with another scoop of ice cream, so that the cookie has something to hold onto.  Add whipped cream and stick the in the cookie.

Did I mention you’ll want a plate under these?  Once the cookie goes in, the milkshake will begin to overflow in a lovely, messy this-is-too-good-to-be-true kind of way!

Promis Land milk with milkshake

You need to make these milkshakes!  And when you do, think about savoring the good things in life without attaching any strings to them.  No justification.  No guilt.

Drink the chocolatey shake.  Eat the cookie.  Scrape the fudge and marshmallow from inside the glass.  Then lick the outside too!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Disclosure: I have written this post on behalf of Kroger, Promised Land and Breyers.  I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.

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Slow Cooker Desserts Series

Slow Cooker Dessert Series

Let’s talk about dessert. You probably know that I have a huge sweet tooth, and I absolutely love having something delicious to sit down with at the end of the day. Bonus points if it includes ice cream! You also probably know by now how much I love my slow cooker.

Did you know that there are dozens of sweet, decadent desserts that you can make in the slow cooker too? I took my love of slow cookers and my love of desserts and decided to take slow cooking to a sweeter place than tacos and soups. Once I tried making dessert in the slow cooker, I was hooked. Now I’m always looking for ways to convert favorites into slow cooker desserts that I can whip up without turning my oven on at all.

I love making cobblers and crips in the slow cooker because they are super easy desserts by nature, and I like easy! You can add a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, and it is the perfect summer treat. But there’s more to slow cooker desserts than cobblers. You can make cakes and it makes even something fancy like cheesecake in it too. There are literally so many sweets you can make in the slow cooker–and I’m excited to keep trying more things and finding new favorite treats to make in the slow cooker!

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In the mean time, these are some of my favorite slow cooker sweets. If you’ve made dessert in the slow cooker, I’d love to hear what your favorites are!

11 Slow Cooker Desserts

  1. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  2. Salted Caramel Cobbler
  3. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
  4. Blueberry Crisp
  5. Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping
  6. Brownies and Cherries
  7. Apricot Crisp
  8. Chocolate Cobbler
  9. Salted Caramel Apple Cake
  10. Apple Caramel Crisp
  11. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

plus Sweet Heat Chex Mix!

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Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pears and cinnamon are a natural combination.  Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream is even better.

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

This is an old-fashioned cake recipe.  I started with a recipe for Fruit Cocktail Cake that my mom had.  It’s a simple, from-scratch cake that uses basic, pantry ingredients.  The original recipe includes a nut topping, but I really wanted cinnamon buttercream frosting to top this pear cake.

I used Libby’s® Pear Halves for this cake.  Canned pears work really well here.  They’re always perfectly ripe and sweet.  And because they’re packed in juice there’s no added sugar sneaking in.

Speaking of sugar, I cut the amount of sugar in the original recipe by half.  It’s still plenty sweet.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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100 + Recipes for Fall

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I love fall. The crisp air. The gorgeous colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. And this collection of recipes is proof of my love for cooking with these things.

From Breakfast to Dinner, to Dessert, you’ll find over 40 recipes that are inspired by fall and the delicious ingredients available during this time of year. Plus, you’ll find a link at the end to 75 more fall recipes to add to your menus in the months ahead. Enjoy the season!

Sweet Breakfast Dishes

breakfasts

  1. Spiced Chai Tea Muffin
  2. Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls
  3. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
  4. Cranberry Strudel 
  5. Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal
  6. Gingerbread Oatmeal
  7. Gingerbread Muffins
  8. Cinnamon Chip Scones

Savory Dinner Dishes

  1. savory dinnerApple BBQ Pork Chops
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples
  3. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
  4. Keilbasa with Potato Apple Slaw
  5. Pork Chops & Apples (a Sheet Pan Dinner)

Soups & Stews

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  1. 15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Chicken Cock Leekie Soup
  3. Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
  4. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  5. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  6. Smoked Sausage Sauerkraut Soup
  7. Split Pea Soup with Ham
  8. Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  9. Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi
  10. Potato Soup

Flavorful Sides

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  1. Carrots Parsnips and Potatoes
  2. Easy Butternut Squash Skillet
  3. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  5. Corn Casserole
  6. Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  7. Roasted Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes
  8. Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker
  9. Pecan, Cranberry  & Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Trio

Delicious Desserts

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  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream 
  2. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert
  3. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Caramel and Gingersnaps
  4. Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake
  5. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
  6. Spiced Chai Latte Cookies
  7. 1 Min Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
  8. Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
  9. Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake
  10. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
  11. Cranberry Fudge Pie
  12. Apple Crumb Cake
  13. Apple Crumb Pie
  14. Gingerbread Bars 

Plus 75 more fall recipes!

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Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}

Have you ever had a brownie craving, but missing ingredients to make them and only cake mix on hand instead of brownie mix?  I think you’re going to love this recipe from Kim.  She uses a cake mix to make some deeply chocolate brownies that are studded with Heath toffee bits!

I love Heath candy bars and I love brownies, so it was only natural that I put the two together! Since I also adore quick and easy recipes, this dessert only requires 4 ingredients.

Toffee Brownie Ingredients EAH

If you are not a fan of toffee, you can easily substitute your favorite candy or chocolate chips. I’ve made these with mini peanut butter cups, Rolo candies, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips! What can I say, they are so easy to whip up, and there are so many possibilities!

Toffee Brownies EAHThey may not be the most photogenic dessert, but disappear quickly every time I make them! Also, this recipe contains no eggs, so it’s great for anyone with an egg allergy or who doesn’t eat eggs, and with so few ingredients it’s a great “first” recipe for kids. My children enjoy getting in the kitchen and baking up goodies, and this is the perfect rainy day activity (with the added bonus of getting my chocolate fix!)

4 Ingredient Toffee Brownies EAH

Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}
Quick and easy Toffee Brownies, made with just 4 ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • 1½ cups Heath Toffee Bits or desired candy/chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease/spray a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Whisk together until pudding begins to thicken.
  4. Add dry cake mix. Stir until combined.
  5. Spread batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with toffee bits.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool - melted toffee is HOT!
  9. Cut into squares and serve.

*Note: I have vanilla pudding pictured with the ingredients, and chocolate pudding listed in the recipe. I usually use chocolate pudding, but you can substitute different flavors. You can also add additional chocolate chips or toffee bits to the batter if desired. You really can’t have too much chocolate in my opinion!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Krispie Treats

This post is from Kate.  I love having Kate share her recipes here with us!

The closer we get to summer, the more weddings, birthdays and other parties we end up going to. This year, our celebrating season kicked off with one of my best friends getting married. The ceremony was in the evening so I volunteered to put together lunch for the bridal party to munch on while getting ready – and these sweet treats capped off the meal.

Krispie treats have been a favorite around here lately. They’re quick and easy enough that I can throw them together during nap time and I’ve been finding the basic recipe is really easy to switch up to keep things from being too routine. For this one, I used flavored marshmallows and mixed in some chocolate chips. The result is a cross between a chocolate covered strawberry and a krispie treat – so good!

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To get these started, you only need four ingredients. they couldn’t be easier!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Krispie Treats
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 12 oz. strawberry-flavored marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 1¼ semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13" pan well and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter oven medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until smooth and melted. Stir in crisped rice cereal.
  3. Remove from heat, fold in chocolate chips and then transfer to the prepared pan. Using a greased spatula, pat down evenly.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

 

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes

Yes, you read that correctly…just 2 simple pantry items are all you need to make these light and tasty cupcakes. It’s nice to have a few simple recipes like this on hand for those sudden cravings or when you just need an easy dessert.

Pineapple Cupcakes EAH

It’s also nice to have something that will satisfy a sweet tooth without totally blowing the “it’s almost bathing suit season” diet! I stumbled across this “recipe” (it’s hard to call mixing two ingredients together a recipe!) a couple of years ago when I was doing Weight Watchers. (The muffins are 1 point each, if I remember correctly.)  The version I made called for a box of Angel Food Cake mix and a can of pie filling, but then a friend told me I could use the same cake mix with a can of crushed pineapple.

2 ingredient cupcakes EAH

I had to give it a try! The result is a light and citrus-y dessert, and makes a great base for fresh fruit and whipped topping. This can also be made in a 9 x 13 baking dish or in a tube pan.

2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes

Serves: 32

You only need 2 pantry ingredients to make this light and tasty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
  • 1 (20 ounce) can Crushed Pineapple, in juice - do not drain
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Angel Food Cake mix with the can of crushed pineapple (juice and all). Do not add the water called for on the back of cake mix.
  3. Pour into desired pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. For cupcakes, fill ⅔ full and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
  4. Allow to cool in pan. Once cooled, run a knife along the sides of cupcakes and gently pull to remove from tins.

Also, be aware that once you mix the angel food cake with the pineapple, the mixture will get very fluffy! This is normal. The texture of the cupcakes will be that of Angel Food cake (sponge cake) and not that of traditional cake. I think I will try this with mandarin oranges next!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

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Pineapple Crisp with Whipped Coconut Cream

Pineapple Crisp with Whipped Coconut Cream - dairy free

 

I’m no gluten free/dairy free expert, but I’m pretty sure this dessert meets those qualifications.  Not only that, it tastes fantastic!

This is the same crisp recipe I use for Blueberry Crisp in the Slow Cooker.  This time I used pineapple instead of berries.   I made it in the oven instead of the slow cooker.  And I topped it with whipped coconut cream instead of ice cream.

The result is pretty marvelous.

The crisp topping is a nutty contrast to the sweet pineapple.  I love the texture of the coconut cream even more than regular whipped cream.  It’s a little thicker and tastes very decadent.  I bumped up the coconut flavor by adding coconut extract.  You could use vanilla extract instead if you wanted to down play the coconut taste.  This topping can be use in place of whipped cream for things like shortcake.  I can’t wait to try it with strawberries.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the pineapple crisp:   [Read more…]

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Ham, Asparagus and Swiss Quiche + Pineapple Dump Cake – Dinner and Dessert!

Bisquick spring meal

 

We are so ready for spring!  I bet you are too.

This meal tastes like spring.  The quiche is full of ham, asparagus and Swiss cheese.  Asparagus is abundant right now and the flavor is perfect in this quiche.

The Pineapple Dump Cake couldn’t be easier to make, with three ingredients that you pour, sprinkle, slice and bake.  It’s so good!  I love recipes like this one, where the result is so much greater than the effort involved.

These recipes are perfect anytime, but especially if you need to whip up something for your family on Easter weekend.  Thanks to Bisquick and Betty Crocker mixes, they come together really quick.

And when everyone (or most of the family) is home for the Easter holiday this is a great way to keep them around the table longer by giving them dessert after the main course.

We were even able to squeeze in a walk after this meal.  It was a beautiful day!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the quiche:   [Read more…]

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