I know summer is over and that the warm blankets and drinks should be gracing us but I’m not ready to give up on Ice Pops/Popsicles and it seems neither do my kids! I recently discovered a delicious way to not only use up all the pumpkin flesh that will be left over from all the carving, but a way to sneak it into my pumpkin hating kids! Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Ice Pops are a thing and they’re delicious. As you may know, Halloween is one of my favourite festivities and I’m already planning on what to serve at our Halloween Bash.
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As you may recall, we told you how much we love the Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese so it should come as no surprise that our fridge has been stocked with the Salted Caramel version too. Baby Boy and Little Monkey eat the cottage cheese thinking it’s a “treat” and who am I to tell them otherwise?
I got the idea for these ice pops during our visit to Hewitts Dairy in Haldimand County where they offer a variety of flavours and my kids were going nuts. I thought I’d experiment with a pumpkin version and both kids gobbled it up! Little Monkey even told me it tastes like peanut butter. I’m not sure she’s a food critic in the making but I was happy that they ate pumpkin and cottage cheese, none the wiser! I just snuck in 10g of protein in EACH Popsicle! Yay me!
I had the kids help me out as this is definitely an easy dish to whip up!
In a bowl we mixed together two small cups of Nordica Smooth Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese with pureed pumpkin purée. You know you’re going to have plenty of pumpkin innards after the Halloween carving, so why not scoop it all up and boil it in some water (or if you have chunks, you can bake them too!). Purée the baked or boiled pumpkin to gather a smooth pulp. You could technically use the pumpkin out of cans too, but I do prefer the fresh variety. To get two large popsicles we used two small cups of smooth cottage cheese and one cup of puréed pumpkin. There was plenty of sweetness with the Nordica Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese but just to take it up a notch I also added a spoon of natural honey. I plan to try it next with the other Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese favours: Vanilla Bean and Lemon!
Once all stirred together, pour into the mold and freeze overnight. We also decided to toss some sprinkles at the bottom and top of the ice pop mold for the festive occasion. Adds a nice touch, don’t you think?
If you’re looking for pumpkin leftover ideas, this one is a sure winner! Do let us know what you do with the pumpkin you carve out.