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Summer has been getting in the way of blogging and well, uh, sewing lately.

I have, however, been making plenty of use of my Blendtec for healthy smoothie snacks. I was even motivated enough to buy a popsicle mold and make semi-healthy fruit pops. My kids are always begging for treats like this in the summer and I'm pretty stingy when it comes to buying candy, junk snacks, ice cream and anything else kids really like a lot. So I thought I would pre-empt their whining for popsicles by making them in secret.

I've made the pineapple ones from this Blentec recipe and yesterday I concocted my own mango recipe. This is what I used, it will make more than you need, but you can always drink the rest.

My three-year-old, Super Disgusting, kept asking me for these one day for about two hours. I couldn't figure out --What the hell he wanted!!!

- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "What?"
- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "I can't understand you".
- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "You want some pachios?
- "No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can we have some PACHIOS!?"

I figured it out several days later.

My kids loved these. My husband did too. The only problem was that they wanted to keep eating more. I did too.

Mango "Pachios"

3 mangoes
1 cup greek (or plain) yogurt
2 tblsp. agave nectar (or honey or other sweetner)
2 packets of Splenda-type sweetner (I wanted to make sure they were going to be really sweet this time)
It's possible I added about 1 tblsp. of vanilla protein powder. I don't remember. It's not critical to the recipe.
A little bit of Cranberry-Raspberry juice. Ok, it was probably about 1/2 cup.
1 tsp. orange zest
2 cups of ice cubes

Mix in high powered blender (Ice Crush/Milkshake setting on Classic Blendtec).

Poor into popsicle mold. I dropped a couple of raspberries in there too.
Makes approx. 14 pops


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