May 6, 2015 25

Mango Banana Pudding Pops with Granola

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Mango banana pudding pops. We’ll get there. But first.

For the past ten years I’ve lived in apartment buildings in large cities without any outdoor space at all. Now, I’m finding myself in the Midwest, and I still don’t know how this happened. I never saw it coming and I didn’t have much of a choice but, so far the slower pace of life has been good for me.

Since moving here, three things have radically improved the quality of my life. The first, now this is a big one, I have a house with a driveway. I actually get to drive our car and come home and park it with ease. No more letting the car sit for weeks, too afraid of facing the traffic, but even more afraid of the lack of parking spots when coming home. No more spending hours of my life circling for parking spots. If you live {or have ever lived in a real big city} you know what I’m talking about, I don’t even have to explain it further.

The second, is Forest Park also known in my home as Forest Park Forevs. I live within walking distance to this magical place. Chris and I try to go about 4 – 5 times a week. Sometimes just for beautiful bikerides around the lake + boathouse and sometimes for a picnic on Art Hill and recently, I’ve been getting my rollerblade on hard. But still, we’ve only seen just a small portion of this gigantic place. This is my spot to decompress from life’s daily stress. My spot to relax, to get lost, to feel reprieve.

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And lastly, I have a backyard. You guys, a real backyard! And, yesterday we bought an outdoor dining table, and we had our first grilled meal. Farmers’ market veggie fajitas with asparagus and spring onions and proper cocktails, like real adults. I want to spend all my days in my backyard. Besides the park, this is the real dream-maker.

I have always been prone to anxiety, and through diet and lifestyle changes I’ve been able improve it. But living in the city for so long definitely changed me. The fast pace, constant looming fear and threat of violent crime and the {usually} unwilling and unhappy city folk forced me to put up huge protective walls. I loved living in Philadelphia, but after a while it was like each time I set foot outside my apartment a constant surge of adrenaline and cortisol was released and streaming constantly. It was hard to ever feel at ease. Coming to the Midwest was about opportunity – to support my husband’s career, but also to give my mind a break. My anxiety hasn’t gone away altogether, it probably never will, but the way I deal with it has evolved. The drastic change from city living to living in a city that allows me to have a backyard and driveway, has given me room to breathe. Let my guard down. Feel safe.

Today’s post is sponsored by fine folks over at Natural Vitality. They have created a beautiful eBook called Calmful Balance, and as a health coach I am always looking for awesome resources that’ll help my clients live more well-rounded lives.

The beautifully crafted recipes in the Calmful Balance eBook got me inspired to create something equal parts indulgent, equal parts healthy. These mango banana pudding pops taste straight up like a super rich, creamy, banana-y custard – but it’s totally plant-based and loaded with fruit, granola {which comes out slightly chewy and amazing}, lightly sweetened with maple syrup and packed with superfoods like flax seed and turmeric.

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Mango Banana Pudding Pops with Granola
 
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Notes: if you are using overly ripe mangoes and bananas the maple syrup in this recipe is optional. Without it the flavor will be the same, however using it cuts down on the iciness of the popsicle's texture. This recipe fills this popsicle mold up perfectly, that's 10 pops! If you're using granola that contains dried fruit and/or large nuts it's best to pick those out and leave them to the side.
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Makes: 10 pops
Ingredients
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 very ripe mango
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup of granola
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients, except for the granola and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Evenly distribute the popsicle batter into the molds, sprinkle in the granola, and give each one a little stir.
  3. Cover, add the sticks and freeze until completely frozen.

This post is sponsored by Natural Vitality; all opinions are my own.

25 Responses to "Mango Banana Pudding Pops with Granola"

  1. Reply

    Kati

    May 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    These are beautiful! I’ve been craving a GF banana pudding substitute and this just might do the trick.

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      Sherrie

      May 22, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      It tastes EXACTLY like banana pudding, you’ll love it Kati, xo!

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    Kate

    May 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    These look so beautifully creamy! As for outside space, it’s so important. Our new garden table and chairs arrive next week – it’s just the little things but I can’t wait!

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    Bianca Phillips

    May 6, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Nice. Sounds like you’ve lucked out with that awesome park and yard space!! Also, those popsicle look insanely good.

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    Kathryn

    May 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    I always used to be a pretty no-worry, low stress person but I’ve definitely noticed that my anxiety levels have crept up a lot in the last few years. I’ll definitely be checking out that ebook; goodness knows I could do with some calmful balance in my life. Also hurrah for gardens and spring and popsicles. All things pretty much guaranteed to make me feel better about life.

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      Sherrie

      May 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      Lots of love and springtime energy to you my friend, xo xo !!

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    Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation

    May 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    It is lovely to hear that the move is doing you well.
    And I can relate to your excitement about a back yard. We planted lots of veg and herbs and are seeing everything grown. It’s so satisfying.
    Thanks too for sharing this amazingly beautiful recipe.
    Kimberly

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    May 6, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    So glad you are liking the Midwest! And yes – having a garden (and a whole house!) is definitely a perk to being able to enjoy more space here in the Midwest. Anyhow, glad to hear your anxiety is in check (I know that feeling all too well) and these popsicles are fan-freaking-tasic looking!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    May 6, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    These pops sound so good!! Love the mango-banana combo!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    May 6, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I just got SO excited for you reading all your words in this post! I’m so so so happy for you Sherrie! I hope to one day have all those things too, but for now I must be patient. It’s so wonderful to hear about someone else having them though! Especially when it seems to be helping in so many areas of your life, including that big one – anxiety. I’m a big fan of Natural Vitality and take it a few times a day actually. It really helps. Excited to check out this e-book! And those popsicles – I need to get a mold ASAP! Gorgeous – xo

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    Marissa

    May 7, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    I like the idea of adding granola to these! They sound awesome.

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    May 7, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    I can totally empathize with you about going from real big city to Midwest city. I had no idea how stressed/anxious I actually was until we left NYC. So happy you are finding and enjoying your new hangouts in STL. I am so excited to try these popsicles – I love that there is granola hiding in there. Beautiful photos!

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      Sherrie

      May 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      City life can be so wonderful, but change is good too. Thanks so much Tessa :)

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    hardik @ Maya Kitchenette

    May 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    I cannot wait to try these. Sherrie it looks so good. :)

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    Anna

    May 10, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    OMG can’t wait to try it!! This makes me so excited for summer <3

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    The Healthy Apple

    May 11, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    These look beautiful and delicious; great idea!! Congrats on your new backyard!

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      Sherrie

      May 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      Thank you so much Amie, xo!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    May 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    these look so perfect. enjoy every second of that backyard. xo

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    Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)

    May 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    I’m having one of those moments when I discover a new blog and furiously bookmark everything because everything on here sounds so good, even these popsicles which sound fantastic (creamy mango things are forever delicious) despite the fact that it’s pouring where I live right now.

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      Sherrie

      May 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      Awwww I love it! So glad you found me, xo!!

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    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    May 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    I LOVE mango! These look incredible. Cannot wait to try. Perfect for a hot summer day!

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    Iman

    May 24, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Everything you do, looks so delicious!

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      Sherrie

      May 25, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      Aww that’s so kind, thank you Iman!

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    Sam @ Love, Cake

    May 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Your home sounds dreamy – just like these pops!

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    Alicia@ Eco Friendly Homemaking

    June 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Oh my goodness these Popsicles look amazing!!

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