What do you do when you’re stuck in the house with a coldy kid? You make some bomb-ass popsicles of course!
We’ve been really lucky this year and have dodged many a cold and flu bullet. I’m not sure exactly why, but I’m really grateful. I’m grateful because I have a man-child that gets a mini-man cold. No, it’s not as severe as the dreaded, full-blown man cold but very dramatic none the less. So in an effort to shorten my sentence in mini-man cold purgatory I whipped up some super easy, immune boosting popsicles for him. And some super delicious, what else am I supposed to do popsicles for me.
The star of the popsicle show, Suro Elderberry Syrup! Elderberry syrup is a great tasting, safe and natural way to fight cold and flu symptoms. It acts as an immune booster to shorten the duration of symptoms and also provides an extra hit of antioxidants. All that support is really helpful to the body when fighting a nasty virus.
These popsicles are so easy, it’s almost embarrassing to share! But I thought there might be some of you out there that have either never heard of elderberry syrup or who wouldn’t have thought to put it in popsicle form. Don’t be mad. Also my cold victim is a picky eater and will turn his nose up even to a great tasting syrup like this one. So if you’re in the same boat, this little trick might be a game changer for you!
I chose a berry-blend juice to go with the berry flavour of the syrup and my son loved them! I actually had to make some plain juice ones as well because he wanted them so often throughout the day. Proceeds to give self a pat on the back.
For my sons age, the dose of elderberry syrup is 1 tsp twice a day. So, I filled each popsicle mold halfway with juice, then added 1 teaspoon of syrup and topped off with more juice. Then I stirred it all together in the hopes that the syrup wouldn’t settle anywhere noticeable to him.
In the end they were well blended and barely “mediciney” tasting at all (according to Rowan). Even our bulldog Hutch wanted in on the action.
While making Rowan’s popsicles I felt inspired to make some just for me too. I would totally share these with him if he would eat anything that had “bits” in it. And since these have disgusting bits of blueberries they are a non-negotiable for him. He is so missing out though!
I found this recipe on Pinterest for Blueberry Vanilla Breakfast popsicles and tweaked the ingredients to make them dairy-free. I also used frozen blueberries instead of fresh because that’s what I had on hand.
First I simmered the berries with a splash of water and a tablespoon of maple syrup. It took about 20 minutes of simmering until the berries burst and got all syrupy. Then I set it aside to cool completely before adding it to the popsicle molds.
While the blueberries cooled I moved on to the yogurt mixture. Mixing together the almond milk, coconut yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla until all incorporated.
Now the fun part, assembly time! Starting with the yogurt mixture, I added 1 tablespoon to each mold, then followed with a tablespoon of the blueberries. I continued alternating, a tablespoon at a time until they were all full. Then I popped them in the freezer for about 5 hours before enjoying!
I absolutely love blueberries and these popsicles turned out to be really delicious! Just be prepared for some blue teeth! Next time I’m going to try them with teeth friendly and equally tasty pureed mango. Being “bit” free I think my little man will enjoy them too!