3 Ready-in-a-Jiffy Warm Weather Snack Recipes!

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I’ve grown to love the month of May. Weather wise, we just don’t know what we’re going to get. Some days it’s warm and sunny and other days it’s rainy and cool. Evening walks usually require a light jacket…or sometimes a heavier one when it’s raining and chilly…

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Watching the days get longer and longer is also fun to do. I was previously never a big fan of the spring months because I only focused on the crummy weather, but I’m learning to enjoy the ups and downs that spring often brings.  Plus, it’s my birthday month so I have to like it!

With warmer temperatures in mind, I have not one, not two, but three snack recipes for you today!

It’s almost the weekend and I think you should celebrate all your hard work. Or maybe whip up a couple treats for your mom on Sunday and share the love.

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First things first.

I’m on a popsicle making kick.

After a trip to Costco earlier this week, I was reunited with one of my favourite purchases- a huge bag of frozen mango chunks! It appeals to my lazy, don’t-like-to-peel-mangoes side and it lasts forever.

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I think you know what happened next.

I ripped open the bag of sweet potato chips as soon as we got in the door.

Oh, right, we’re talking about popsicles here. I think you know what I did after ripping open the bag of chips that Eric said we should save for my party.

Oops.

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I blended up mango, banana, almond milk, and a touch of coconut extract. Check out that action shot!

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I proceeded to make a huge mess while pouring and snapping pictures simultaneously.

Then, I waited. Very impatiently. That’s the worst part about making popsicles! Maybe next time I will make them overnight so I don’t keep checking them every half hour.

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Well, they were worth the wait and then some. Creamy, sweet, tropical…and best of all, just 3 ingredients. Don’t have a popsicle mold? Just use ice cube trays or drink it as a smoothie. It’s a reeeeally good smoothie.

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I’m thinking I have to make margarita popsicles too?

(note: recipes will be at end of this post)

Up next, berry parfaits made with banana soft serve. It’s one of our go-to healthy desserts during the warmer months. Granted, I will happily consume this even when it’s chilly outside, but it’s even more fun to cool down with after a warm evening stroll.

It’s made with processed frozen bananas, my fav Lightened Up Summer Granola, coconut, instant chocolate sauce, and fresh berries.

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Finally, a chocolate raspberry smoothie, also for two! This just might be my favourite out of all of them. Super creamy with a lovely chocolate raspberry flavour.

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If my mom lived nearby I would be making her this smoothie on Mother’s Day. John, I’m leaving this as your special assignment!

As I mentioned, I’ve been loving raw cacao powder lately. It has a really intense chocolate flavour and so many health benefits. Feel free to use cocoa powder if preferred. Both will work!

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Looking for more easy snack recipes? Check out my 22 Ways To Get Your Vegan Snack Attack On Post.

3 Ready-in-a-Jiffy Warm Weather Snack Recipes

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Tropical Mango Banana Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)
  • splash of coconut extract (optional)

 

1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds (or ice cube trays) and freeze until set.

 

Easy Berry Parfaits

Ingredients:

  • 2 large frozen, ripe bananas
  • 1-1.5 cups fresh mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup Lightened Up Summer Granola, or other granola
  • Shredded coconut, to garnish
  • Easy Chocolate sauce: Heat & whisk together: 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp pure maple syrup, 1 tsp cocoa powder

 

1. Peel and freeze your bananas until solid, preferably overnight. In a food processor, drop in the frozen banana chunks and process until creamy and smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. You can also give it a splash of almond milk to help it along. Nut butter is also a nice add in too.

2. Add the banana soft serve, granola, and fresh fruit in layers in a couple glasses or parfait dishes. Pour the chocolate sauce on top and serve immediately.

 

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for Two

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen (or fresh raspberries)
  • 2 large ripe frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate + more for shaving on top
  • 1-2 tbsp liquid sweetener (to taste)
  • Shredded coconut, for garnish

 

1. Add ingredients to blender (except sweetener and coconut). Add sweetener to taste, pour into glasses, and then sprinkle coconut and shaved chocolate on top.

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Robyn May 10, 2012

i’ve been working my way through the 22 vegan snack attack recipes! excited to add 3 more!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Glad you are enjoying them Robyn!

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Willow May 10, 2012

Great post, Angela! I’ve been thinking an awful lot about popsicles lately… and I always have frozen mango on hand! I keep making mango smoothies, but a nice cool pop sounds perfect for warmer weather.

And happy birthday month to you – hope you have a good one! :D

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Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life May 10, 2012

Hey Angela- do you have a Sobey’s by you? We’re going up to Calgary in September and we’ll be staying in a condo with a kitchen close to Banff. In Canmore there’s a Sobey’s, so that’s probably where we’ll be doing our shopping. I was just seeing if you have been there and how their produce/gluten free selection is?

Thanks for any advice!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Hey Annie, I’m not sure what the Sobey’s natural food section is like. Sorry about that! Maybe another reader can comment to the selection. :) Have a great trip! Love Calgary and Banff.

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Danica May 19, 2012

The Sobey’s here in Ontario does not have the greatest gluten free selection, if you are out west you could try to find a “superstore” of some sort. Our is Zehrs/Loblaws/Superstore chain and they have the best gluten free selection.

By the way, I wasn’t totally just creeping the comments! haha I am trying to see if anybody left any tips on how to get the Popsicle out of the molds better! i made them again and actually let them freeze this time but can’t get them out of the mold LOL

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2012

Hey Danica, Did you run hot water over the molds? I find this is the only way I can get them out!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love May 10, 2012

I am on a mango – peach – almond mil popsicle kick, you should try this flavor it is totally amazing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

peach sounds good! Will have to try that out.

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Cathy May 10, 2012

I am vegan and have a full time job, it’s hard sometimes to find the time to cook but I know I can visit your site and always find something delicious to whiz up. I truly appreciate you sharing your recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Thank you Cathy! Enjoy the recipes :)

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Britny W May 10, 2012

I am amazed by how fast you churn out recipes! You are so talented, Angela!

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Courtney May 10, 2012

I love May! It’s also my birthday month, so you better believe I celebrate all month long! The chocolate raspberry smoothie looks amazing…I tried the “crazy woman chocolate blender pudding” last night and LOVED IT!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Hey Courtney, Glad you enjoyed the chocolate pudding! Happy Birthday Month ;)

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Faith @ For the Health of It May 10, 2012

Yes please to the mango popsicles! I just found bags of frozen mango at my dollar store (nothing added, which was suprisingly awesome) and I totally stocked up on half a dozen packages. For a dollar, you can’t lose!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious May 10, 2012

I saw that big bag of frozen mango at Costco on Saturday and now I’m really wishing that I’d picked it up! I love all of these recipes —- but I’m especially a fan of anything that included banana soft serve :)

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Stephanie May 10, 2012

I recently bought a big bag of mangos too! I have been using them in smoothies all week. Now I have to try your chocolate raspberry smoothie recipe. It looks devine!

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Yellow Haired Girl May 10, 2012

Yum! I need summer NOW! It’s raining here today :(

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 10, 2012

All of these are making me wish I had them for breakfast round 2!!! Love the shots, especially the popsicle ones – not bad for a one-woman show! ;) I’ve also been filling my popsicle holders with fruit mixes, but need to hit up Costco soon for some more ingredients. The berry paraits sound lovely too… maybe they’ll be part of my Mother’s Day brekkie menu… especially since I’m picking up my Vitamix this weekend! :D Have a great day Ange!

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Jo May 10, 2012

I love mango!! The Thai restaurant I adore adds coconut to their mango ice cream- I’m going to try these pops with and without! :) YUMMM!

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Elizabeth May 10, 2012

I have started making popsicles too! I found great molds at the dollar store. Tonight I’ll be making your mango ones.My easiest and favorite was plain watermelon – just pureed and tossed in the mold. Easy and delicious and stops me from eating cookies at night!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Watermelon sounds lovely…mmm Wish I had one right now post workout!

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Gabby @ the veggie nook May 10, 2012

We clearly have similar taste in Costco purchases- frozen fruit (mango top of the list) and thoe Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips are always found in my cart :)

Love these recipes, especially the popsicles!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Two very good choices ;)

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Tash @ Dairy Free Chick May 10, 2012

Loving the cacao smoothie. Actually, loving all of it. Thanks Angela!

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Kasandra May 10, 2012

Thanks for sharing, Angela – I love the idea of a Banana Soft-Serve and Granola Parfait!

Now, I have a question for you. I love my Raw cacao powder too, but I’m a little confused – as far as I know, it is pretty much the same as cocoa powder (http://www.ehow.com/about_5398517_cocoa-powder-vs-cacao-powder.html). Perhaps you have some insight? I don’t want to be scammed paying extra for “raw cacao” when it is virtually the same as plain ol’ cocoa!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

Hey Kasandra, From what I have read raw organic cacao powder differs in a couple ways. It isn’t heated at high heats (usually below 115F although youd have to check with the specific brand), which is supposed to preserve the vits and minerals. Also, since it’s organic the beans aren’t treated with chemicals, which is also true for organic cocoa powder too of course. What I love most about it is that it has a great intense chocolaty flavour. I notice it a lot more in my baked goods and it’s quite strong! Do I think you have to buy raw cacao powder? Definitely not, but it’s a fun change once and a while. Of course, you can also experiment with different types of cocoa powders too, they vary a lot in flavour/intensity. Something else I want to play around more with!

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Cara May 10, 2012

I love Rapunzel brand cocoa powder. I’ve gotten it at Whole Foods, but I see you can also “subscribe” to get it at Amazon (free shipping).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks for the tip!

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Kasandra May 11, 2012

Oh, wow! Okay, that is great to know! Something extra I can add to superpower my chocolatle-y goodies. And the only true “raw” chocolate powder, then. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question, Angela! And I’ve already passed along your yoga mat cleanser tips. :)

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Danielle May 10, 2012

What great summer treats! Thanks for sharing! (:

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 10, 2012

I just so happen to have fresh mangoes right now… perfect for today! We’re going to get back up to 80!

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Kristin May 10, 2012

oh, this looks super yummy, super nice right now in Cali, so I have to try these out. Thanks for the recipes!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 10, 2012

Heavenly! I love how these are all treats yet so healthy. And I hear you about the weather in May – it’s just as crazy over here in Van!

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Stephanie May 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Month! I love May, it’s my birthday month as well (actually, my birthday is today!). I might just have to make the chocolate raspberry smoothie for dessert this weekend. I made your chocolate cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting for my birthday “cake” for today, so I cannot WAIT to try them. They smell so good!!

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Heathy May 10, 2012

Looks like the popsicle mixture would be yummy as a pudding too!
All looks delish!

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Liz May 10, 2012

What the — ?! Why, for the love of Bono, did I never think of freezing mango puree??? Duh!

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sarah@thesweetlife May 10, 2012

Thanks for the recipes! I’m a new mother and I will store those Popsicle in my mind for toddler years!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 10, 2012

Too funny…I was just on White on Rice’s site the other day asking them about popsicle holders b/c I was searching Amazon trying to find “the perfect ones” for some popsicle-making of my own…and now I see yours. Great recipe!

What kind of popsicle-holders is that and do you like them?

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Liz May 10, 2012

YUM! I can’t wait to make these popsicles they look great. I love mango but often forego buying it because I don’t like peeling either.

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Jasper {crunchylittlebites} May 10, 2012

I first thought that I read: “After a trip to Costa Rica last week” … WOW “she went to Cozta Rica last week and didn’t tell us?!” but then I saw the photos and realized my misread. Picking up frozen mango in Costa Rica would have been an interesting errand

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Katie May 10, 2012

Besides getting to view these amazing snacks, this post reminds me to do a search for those glass straws you use! I love them! Oh, and I need to freeze more bananas =)

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JessE @ LoveLifeFromScratch May 10, 2012

Just bought (and peeled!) 10 mangoes! These popsicles are exactly what I need :)

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Laura May 10, 2012

I saw you were ripping into sweet potato chips. Have you ever tried/seen/ heard of the chipster from Epic Selections? It is amazing. No fat, all natura,l add your own seasonings-salt or just herbs. Check it out at epicureselections.com

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

No I havent but I will check it out sometime, thanks for the tip.

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Tonya May 10, 2012

Awesome! This is the first recipe to make me want a popscicle mold! When I think frozen treat, I want creamy not juicy. As usual, you rock the most. Adding sun dried tomatoes and mango chunks to my grocery list.

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 10, 2012

I just this week started craving some warm weather foods. I never thought the day was coming! Thanks for the ideas.

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth May 10, 2012

Love how simple the recipes are! And that simple chocolate sauce looks delicious.

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Alex @ Raw Recovery May 10, 2012

Chocolate/raspberry is an amazing combination, or chocolate and cherries. I can’t wait to make these! I know they will come in handy with this humidity

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 10, 2012

Angela, you need a Zoku popcicle maker!!! My brother got me one for my birthday last year, and it’s SO fun! Popcicles are read in like 60 seconds!!! :)

http://iheartvegetables.com/2011/08/10/the-coolest-thing-i-ate-wednesday/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2012

wow that looks fun!!

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jan May 10, 2012

Love your blog – been Esselstynized – father,mother and son since last August after seeing Forks over Knives – I love to cook – thanks for the recipes

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laura May 10, 2012

Perfect timing! Just looking for more snack ideas. & Loving mangos these days.

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Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 10, 2012

Those mango popsicles sound so good right now!! I have a bag of frozen mango from Trader Joe’s that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. What kind of popsicle mold do you use?

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Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) May 10, 2012

GAH, frozen mangoes are my favorite frozen treat! I eat them straight from the bag…you know, for entire meals :)

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