Lollipops exude laughter, sunlight, horse playing and overall gaiety. It isn’t one of those foods that convey melancholy or seriousness. Lollipops are about instant sweetness mixed with simultaneous frivolity and a joie d’vivre attitude. For this reason, we present to you a Paleo Lollipops recipe.
Why a Paleo Lollipops recipe? As with so many conventional sweets, regular lollipops are laden with s well…nothing natural. If you looked at the ingredients of a standard lollipop, it would contain corn syrups, food dyes, and more sugars masked in code words like “dextrose” or “maltose.” Most surprisingly to many, most lollipops have a vegetable oil in it. Not too surprising, if you have listened to the Holistic Health News episode on 3 Inflammatory Ingredients Found in 90% of Packaged Foods.
So let’s look at some of these ingredients separately? Food dyes are a petroleum-based by-product associated with developmental and neurological problems as well as specific cancers. Click HERE to read more on it.
Corn syrup is so ubiquitous, for it is cheaper than cane sugar. This is partly due to corn subsidies of the government, but sweetness hyper-refined from corn is so cheap that they throw it pounds of it yearly. So Big Food makers put it in practically every packaged food because it is sweet and dirt, dirt cheap. Plus you get the nice ancillary benefit of it being an obesogen. (Click HERE to read our Review of non-Sugar Sweeteners to found out which contains the most micronutrients. You will be surprised.)
Industrial-grade vegetable oils, thanks to the fraudulent science of Ancel Keyes and extraordinary propaganda, is still perceived by many to be healthy and the go-to cooking agent. This was borne out of a time when we thought animal fats made us fat and sick. A time when the food pyramid recommended we consume 6-11 servings of grains a day! And we wonder how we all ended up looking like the food pyramid…obese and disease-ridden.
Vegetable oils, like corn, canola, soybean, are hyper-refined. They are full of Omega 6 inflammatory fats which are directly linked to heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and other cardiovascular maladies. Like corn sweeteners, they are dirt cheap and serve as useful emulsifiers so they put them in practically ever packaged food. Listen to the HHN episode below for more info.
So we should stay away from conventional lollipops. They are pure sugar and horrible for our health. Anyone could have told you that. Let’s get back to our Paleo Lollipops recipe. The beauty of this Paleo Lollipops recipe is that it is easy-to-make and actually contains fruit. What a shock!
What fruit should you opt for in this Paleo Lollipops recipe? It is up to you! Just know it must be the juice so you can opt for conventional apple, orange, beet, or carrot juices. Or better yet, make your own homemade green juice and use that. (Click Here to see a recipe.)You can mix it up to have a colorful assortment of lollipops. Truly your imagination is the only limit.
What makes this recipe Paleo? Well, it is hard to classify any lollipop as truly “Paleo” given that our cavemen ancestors weren’t sucking on these all day while they were hunting and gathering. But they are Paleo in that they use actual fruit (which is Paleo). But you could classify them as “Paleo” more for what they don’t use, namely the “Frankenfood” sugar, dyes, and oils.
You will need a lollipop or popsicle mold to make these look truly grand. Consider buying this one from Amazon. I highly recommend it.
Play around with the flavors and ingredients. Similar to our Paleo Mango popsicle recipe, these “snacks-on-a-stick” are versatile, sweet, almost all-natural, and bound to make your kids giddy with joy.
In a small sauce pain, mix in the fruit juice and honey. Add in the powdered gelatin slowly and chia seeds and mix together. Allow to stand for 5 minutes or so. It will get gelatinous! Place the pan on to medium heat. Stir continually for 5 minutes until fully smooth. Pour the ingredients slowly into silicon lollipop or popsicle molds. (If you don't have either, use an ice cube tray.) Put toothpicks or lollipop sticks in the middle of each lollipop. Place in freezer for approximately 20 minutes or until fully set. Enjoy! Store in airtight container or refrigerator.
In a small sauce pain, mix in the fruit juice and honey.
Add in the powdered gelatin slowly and chia seeds and mix together.
Allow to stand for 5 minutes or so. It will get gelatinous!
Place the pan on to medium heat. Stir continually for 5 minutes until fully smooth.
Pour the ingredients slowly into silicon lollipop or popsicle molds. (If you don't have either, use an ice cube tray.) Put toothpicks or lollipop sticks in the middle of each lollipop.
Place in freezer for approximately 20 minutes or until fully set. Enjoy!
Store in airtight container or refrigerator.