Round 2: Pineapple, Grape and Orange
The first recipes I tried and posted included some type of sugar. This was for fear that my kids would absolutely not eat them without any kind of sweetener. While the fear is true, I just had to find the right kind of fruit sweetener to use that would eliminate the need for any other kind of added sugar. Thank G-d, I finally found it: grapes. Grapes are super sweet and with the right combo of fruit, take the place of any added sugar. By the way, I am talking about using the whole grape; not strained into juice. Just the whole fruit with all its fiber and nutrients.
Now for texture, something really important when considering the child palate. I was worried that using the whole fruit might produce an ice pop that would be too pulp-y, something my kids (and probably most!) would definitely not like. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pureed grapes were not pulp-y at all. I can't say the same thing for the pineapple. The pineapple added delicious tangy sweetness, however, it was hard to get the ice pop into a completely smooth texture. There was a little pineapple pulp, but not too much. And my kids did not complain. Phew!
Finally, the orange. The orange was labor intensive, but really, really worth the extra bit of effort. I have found that if I use whole orange pieces, the membrane does not grind up well and leaves an unpleasant, yichy texture that kids definitely do not like (and neither do I!). I cut the fruit out of each section, leaving the membrane behind. You could probably simply squeeze the juice out to save the trouble. I just didn't feel like dealing with the juicer.
The end result was a very sweet ice pop that did not need one bit of sugar, but has all the fiber, nutrients and goodness of fresh fruit! Enjoy!
Pineapple Grape Orange Ice Pops
1/2 bag of green grapes
1/2 fresh pineapple cut into cubes or 1 can of pineapple cubes
Put grapes in the blender and puree. Add the pineapple WITH the juice and puree. Cut the fruit sections out of the oranges, leaving the membrane behind. Or you can just juice the oranges and add the juice to the mixture. Puree again. Make sure you puree for about a minute at least so as much of the pineapple pulp as possible is liquified.
Pour mixture into 12 ice pop containers. Freeze for at least 3 hours or until ice pops are solidly frozen.
To remove: Make sure you run the ice pops under warm water for about 30 seconds (one at a time!), then remove. Otherwise, only the stick will come out and you will have to dig out the rest of the pop!