Super Kale Pops Recipe

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We make smoothies for breakfast probably 3-4 times per week.  Lately I have been making a berry smoothie with kale that my kids love.  The great thing about it is that you can’t taste the kale at all, there is no added sugar, and it is literally just fruits and vegetables.  If you haven’t jumped on the kale bandwagon yet, no worries.  But I am including this awesome chart of all of the benefits of kale.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

I decided this smoothie would make a great popsicle and I was right!  Since making them, both my girls have eaten at least one per day.  From start to finish they take about 15 minutes to make.  Are you skeptical?  Are you wondering how they aren’t green at all?  Well, read on and you will find out.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

For our Super Kale Pops Recipe, all you need is these 4 ingredients and a blender.  It does work best if you have a high powered blender.  In fact, I would say that is the secret to these pops.  Pulverizing the kale.  If you don’t have a high powered blender and you are considering making a lot of smoothies, or pops, I would highly recommend investing in one.  The first step is to blend the orange juice and kale together.  Then add the rest and give it a blend.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!
Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

And what do you get?  A beautiful purple/pink mixture that is sweet and delicious.  No green at all.  Next step, pour your mixture into your pop mold.  If it seems a bit too thick, you can add a little more o.j.  Don’t you love those chubby little kid hands?  Oh man!  Even though my 4 year old spilled everywhere – it was totally worth letting her help.  She is just stinkin’ cute.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

Now, when it comes to pop molds, the Zoku is by far the best.  This is 100% completely my opinion.  The 2 reasons why I love this mold the best are:

1) It makes a pop in 7 minutes.  Literally to the second 7 minutes.   So you can make your pops on the fly.  You don’t have to wait a couple of hours and then your kids have lots interest.

2) Your pops come out looking beautiful every single time.  And they have all sorts of fun contraptions to make all sorts of fun pops.  Another item along with a high powered blender that every household should have.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

While you are waiting your 7 minutes, you can do a little of this

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

And then bam!

You have a healthy, low-sugar power packed pop for your kids on those hot summer afternoons.

Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!
Super Kale Pops Recipe. Who knew you could add kale to popsicles, and the kids wouldn't complain one bit!

Super Kale Pops Recipe

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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Super Kale Pops Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 – 10 ounces 100% orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Instructions

  • Blend orange juice and kale together until well blended.
  • Blend rest of the ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour into pop mold and freeze.
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Oh. My! These look delicious!! We use kale in one of our favorite soups, but I never know what to do with the extra. I think I’ve found my answer. I am totally printing this one off. Thanx, Natalie!!

I love the Zuko too and we have been making pops with fresh vege/fruit juice. I will give the smoothies a try and compare. I’m sure it would make a creamier texture with the banana. Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂

Looks so yummy and I’m going to make it tonight to see how good I can prepare it. I hope I will not change the original recipe and make it as you have told already. I wish if you could share some more sweet recipes of yours, so I can take notes and add more stuff to please my children.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am really surprised that the color isn’t green. Looks quite yummy – kids prefer foods that aren’t green in color.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am really surprised that the color isn’t green. Looks quite yummy – kids prefer foods that aren’t green in color.

I made it without reading the recipe. The kale didn’t really blend well so it ended up with lots of green bits. Is it because I didn’t blend the kale with orange juice first? I can’t get baby kale so get the regular ones from the market. Is that one of the reason for the bits too?

There could be several reasons. The first is the type of blender that you used. If you are not using a high powered blender, it may not pulverize the kale as small and so would leave chunks. The second is that regular kale is quite a bit thicker and so you may need to blend longer. I would definitely try blending with the orange juice as long as you can to get the pieces to blend better. Good luck!

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Oh wow! They’re expensive! Maybe I’ll get them when I’m no longer a poor university student, lol. Thanks!

Depends on how narrow they are Jo. I would probably leave the recipe the same, as the zoku pops are pretty wide and it just might fill up a standard 8 pop.

How long have you had this zoku pop maker for ? I really want to buy this but I have read many reviews where people complain about it leaking fluid

Hi Natalie! My daughter is on a citrus restriction right now, do you think these would be ok made with water instead of juice? :o( She also is on low sugar (refined, fruit ok).

I’m sure they would be fine! The flavor will change a bit, but with the berries and other things I think they would still taste great!

Do you know how many carbs one of these pops would have in them? I am curious because my sons both have friends who are type 1 diabetic who occasionally stay with us, and I love to healthy snacks for them and they are gluten free so I can have them. However I wonder if there is something other than banana that you could use, as I am mildly allergic to bananas?
Thank you

We actually don’t calculate the nutrition on our blog post recipes, but this is a great site to calculate nutrition info: http://nutritiondata.self.com/ The banana is mostly added for sweetness, and so you could substitute frozen mango instead, and it would be delicious! Good luck!

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