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Day 71 — Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Pops

That cold I mentioned a few days ago has moved in and made permanent camp in my chest. Since it’s 73 degrees in my house and I am wearing a sweatshirt and am still shivering, the thought of eating an ice pop today fills me with horror.

So today’s post is a punt — when I made my basic peanut butter pops on Friday, I froze some banana slices to the sides of one of the molds, thinking that my middle child would enjoy a pop modeled after her favorite sandwich:

I’m sure it was delicious.

I hope to be in better shape tomorrow and back with a decent post.


Day 69 — Basic Peanut Butter Ice Pop Recipe

Those of you who have been reading for a while may remember the last time I tried to make an ice pop with peanut butter. In short, it was a failure. I’d made the base too thick and possibly too high-fat (I mixed it with chocolate cream cheese), and the pops were too soft to unmold.

But I knew there must be a way to make peanut butter ice pops, I just had to find it. And while browsing my Zoku Ice Pops Book, I found one. Trouble is, that recipe is way too complicated for me, calling for several ingredients and requiring the mixture to be cooked and cooled before freezing. It turns out that the guiding principle behind my popmaking efforts is simplicity (or laziness), and so I wanted to make a recipe that wouldn’t require cooking.

Peanut butter, milk, sugar. You could also add a little salt to intensify the flavors. I didn't, but I think maybe I should have.

Though I didn’t follow Zoku’s recipe, I did use its basic ratios as a guideline. The recipe calls for a roughly 1:4 ratio of peanut butter to liquid, so that’s where I started. I used about a tablespoon of peanut butter, a tablespoon of sugar and a little more than 4 ounces of milk. I was worried about the peanut butter mixing into the milk, so I used my little food processor to make it all come together.

After I mixed that first version, I tasted it and decided there wasn’t enough flavor. I added another tablespoon of peanut butter and just under a tablespoon more of sugar. I think the peanut butter was the right call, but the final pops ended up too sweet. Next time, I’d stick to a heaping tablespoon of sugar.

For those trying to follow along at home, the recipe is now:
2 T peanut Butter
a generous 1/2 cup of milk
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar, or one tablespoon plus another teaspoon.

Blend together until the peanut butter is well incorporated, and freeze!

I will admit I was appregensive as I watched this pop freeze. I was almost convinced they’d get stuck in the Zoku, but thankfully they didn’t.

The pops tasted nice but as I mentioned above, somewhat too sweet. Overall, this recipe is a winner. It’s got everything I aim for in an ice pop recipe — quick and easy prep plus simple ingredients. And it will make a terrific base for all sorts of variations.

Day 68 — Peanut-drizzled chocolate ice pops

As I was flipping through the Zoku Ice Pops book the other day, one thing that caught my eye was a recipe for peanut butter quick shell — a peanut butter coating that hardens upon contact with the ice pops. The secret ingredient is coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature and is therefore responsible for the hardening. I had to try it.

Basic chocolate recipe components, plus peanut butter and the magic ingredient.

The book says to use a double boiler to melt together equal parts peanut butter and coconut oil. Since I’m lazy and I already knew I wanted to drizzle the topping onto my pops (rather than dip them), I chose to melt the peanut butter and the coconut oil directly in the sandwich bag that I meant to use as my drizzling tool. For roughly a tablespoon of each ingredient, I microwaved for 20 seconds on high, then I squished it around in the bag until it was well mixed.

Once my pops were frozen, I snipped a tiny corner off of the sandwich bag (and I do mean tiny — the shell mixture is very liquid and flows quickly, so a small opening is key). Then I just drizzled to my heart’s content:

Guess which pop I ate?

I’m really happy with these pops. The coconut oil didn’t seem to alter the taste of the peanut butter much (if at all), so it offered a slightly salty counterpoint to the sweet chocolate pops. Plus, they felt quite delicious and decadent. I can’t wait to try more flavor combinations.

But first, one more view:

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