I recently had the pleasure of spending time with my three-year-old grandson at the lake. This age can be challenging, although my son and daughter-in-law handle things beautifully, much better than I did when my kids were little.
As a grandmother, I notice I have none of the worries I had as a mother. I’m not worried about toddler moods. I’m not worried about toddler behavior. And I’m especially not worried about toddler diet. I take none of it personally and I have full confidence these phases move quickly.
In the area of toddler diet, notoriously picky and unpredictable, I like to think it only needs
enough nutrition for the child to “grow into himself.” I remember that one minute, my baby was a newborn, feeding every two hours. (Is he gaining? Is he gaining enough? How much did he gain?)
The next minute, he’s a toddler, which is to say, he is growing taller, but not much
heavier. (He didn’t gain anything? What can we do?)
I know what we can do. We can relax about how he fervently ignores an entire plate of food in favor of pretending to blast off like a spaceship, among other things, like playing dinosaurs.
We can still hide nutrition in popsicles, though, a tried-and-true trick of parents everywhere.
This recipe goes for any fruit, but of course peaches are in season! How wonderful! You can make vegan peach creamsicles! Be sure to check out our archive of peach recipes too!
I had five peaches, so in order to get three cups of fruit out of it for the peach creamsicles, I had to remove the skins judiciously. Usually I’m in a hurry, and when I peel ripe peaches, I mangle them, wasting fruit.
This time I wanted to approach the task thoughtfully. And it worked! Here’s how to peel
peaches efficiently and without frustration:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat and place the peaches into
simmering water for 30 seconds. Remove the peaches and place into a large bowl of ice water.
Once cool, remove the peaches and peel the skin from the fruit using your fingers (no knives
needed). The skins will peel easily.
The magic of these creamsicles is that they don’t melt too quickly. This way, they are not messy, even in the hands of a toddler. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the vegan yogurt? I’m not sure. But my grandson ate the whole thing from top to bottom.
Vegan Peach Creamsicles
Makes 10 vegan popsicles
3 heaping cups sliced, or cubed peeled peaches
½ ripe banana
1 cup plain almond (or other dairy-free) yogurt
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into popsicle mold, cover with lid and insert popsicle sticks, depending on your mold.
Freeze for 4 hours or overnight.