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Creamy Cherry-Kefir Popsicles or Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly)

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“From Delicious Living magazine. Recipe requires at least 3 hours of freezing. The kefir I used (Nancy's brand) was peach flavored and sweetened. There are also goat's milk-based and coconut milk-based kefirs on the market. Variation: you can also make a smoothie by adding all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. This morning I made a smoothie and added one tablespoon of pomegranate molasses. If the smoothie is too thick, and a little bit of ice cold water.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries (fresh or frozen I tested the recipe using Rainier cherries from WA state)
  • 2 cups plain unsweteened kefir (plain or flavored kefir(your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons Agave (I skipped the sugar because my kefir was sweetened) or 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup, to taste (I skipped the sugar because my kefir was sweetened)
  • 1 12-2 teaspoons almond extract (I tested using almond extract) or 1 12-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I tested using almond extract)


  1. Place cherries and kefir into a food processor and process until cherries break down and kefir turns pink. (I processed the cherries until as smooth as possible).
  2. Add sweetener if desired, the extract of choice, and a pinch of sea salt; pulse until blended.
  3. Pour mixture into eight 3-ounce pop molds and freeze completely, approximately 3 hours.

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