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Popsicles from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Summer is definitely here and our house is the place to be.  The neighborhood boys congregate on our trampoline –with the sprinklers aimed at it for a good cool down and a great deal of healthy fun.

With all of this activity I keep the food flowing morning, noon and night.  From the time they arrive until dinner (sometimes a bunch of them stay for the evening meal too) I am setting out munchies –snacks, lunch, etc.  They really are a hungry bunch of rascals.

To keep them fueled between meals, I’ve been making up batches of these super healthy, natural popsicles from Amy Green’s book Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less.  I made a big batch of these frozen treats last night and they’re already gone today.  Amy’s popsicle recipe is absolutely genius!

Why do I like to serve these popsicles to my boys and their friends?  First, they contain high protein almond butter, second, they’re full of anti-oxidant rich unsweetened cocoa powder and finally, they’re fruit sweetened.  Here’s my version of Amy’s recipe, I hope you like it as much as the boys and their friends did.

Chocolate Almond Butter Popsicles
  1. Mix all ingredients in a vitamix
  2. Pour "popsicle juice" into molds, adding holders or wooden popsicle sticks
  3. Freeze overnight
  4. Serve to your children and all of their friends

These Paleo pops make the perfect snack.  Amy’s book has plenty of other mouthwatering and healthy gluten free recipes.

simply sugar and gluten-free cookbook amy-greenSome of her recipes are very similar to mine (such as her Pecan Pie Crust), whereas other recipes are quite different.  Amy uses ingredients such as quinoa and oats which I avoid (given the Paleo diet that I have followed somewhat closely for more than a decade; this diet excludes the use of grains as well as seeds derived from grasses, so quinoa and oats are a no-no for me, I actually cannot digest them).

Back to Amy –her book has more than 180 quick and easy gluten free recipes to enjoy.  Today I’m giving away 1 copy of Amy’s book, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. To be entered leave a comment below before 10pm (MST) tonight, June 28th, 2011. I will pick the winner at random using This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere.

The winner of yesterdays giveaway for a copy of Triumph Dining’s Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide and Gluten-Free Grocery Guide is Harry!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the SImply Sugar and Gluten-Free cookbook was Ary. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. Mia says

    Thank you for introducing me to this book. I will put it on my list to buy if I don’t win it.

  2. amy says

    recipe looks great! makes me wish i had a popsicle mold. though maybe i could make ice cubes out of them.

  3. Joan says

    I would love a copy of Amy’s cookbook. I’ve been to her website and her story is very inspirational.

  4. Christie says

    So excited can’t wait to start new wonderful treats for my family and friends… Thank you for sharing…

  5. Stephanie KL says

    The popsicles look very refreshing for a steamy, summer day. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa says

    Wow–you have changed my life! I’m now living sugar & g-free, but still trying to find the best way of eating for me and my family. I would love this book! Thanks so much for all you have done!

  7. Joelle says

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try these. This sounds like the book I need. I react terribly to regular sugar.

  8. Paula says

    I would love to have this book!

    I’ll be trying the popsicle recipe as soon as our current batch of home made popsicles are devoured.

  9. Suzette says

    What a great resource for anyone, but especially a family with kids trying to get away from all the sugar loaded in today’s food. Love it!

  10. says

    Wow! What a fabulous nutritious recipe …another one for Grandma to make for my precious little grand kids . Thanks Elana , for sharing :)

  11. KellyBelly says

    I love homemade popsicles for my 2 boys. I usually use leftover smoothie for my popsicles. They freeze up great and if you make a different smoothie daily, they end up with a “variety pack” to choose from.
    Would love the book!

  12. Joan Doyle says

    Wow – been looking for some alternative popsicle recipes and these look great. The GF and sugar free baking book looks great. I would love to dive into those recipes. Thanks for the blog!

  13. Jaimee Green says

    What a great looking book! I am going back to work as a nanny. A book like this would be a great addition to my collection of cookbooks. I am always looking for more great recipes!

  14. Paula Gerhart says

    Oh!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a copy of her book. I’ve been eyeing it for a long time. We make a lot of homemade popsicles here. That recipe sounds fantastic! TFS. :)

  15. Maria says

    Well, these just look wonderful! My kids already love your almond butter brownies, so I bet they’d love these too. And the book sounds like it’s right up my alley. Blessings!

  16. Carolyn Pulley says

    This book sounds like it would be a great addition to a Gluten-free cookbook library. And what makes it even more interesting to me –it sounds like there is no sugar in these recipes!!

  17. Joyce says

    That looks like a great popsicle recipe, and I would love to be entered in this book giveaway.

  18. jess lent says

    This recipe book sounds and looks amazing, always look for new gf recipes to try and be inspired by.

  19. Kimberly Focht says

    I would love a copy of this book. I am always looking for new snack ideas for my two active boys (age 14 and 9). I am the only gluten free person in the house, but they prefer the gluten free stuff that I make. Thanks for all your great recipes. Kimberly

  20. Nancy says

    Your recipes have been a life saver for me and my family. If you recommend it, I would love to have it! Thank you for all that you do for those of use that are gluten (meaning all grains) intolerant. I am going to make these pops for our July 4th party this weekend. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  21. Michelle W. says

    sounds like the book has some great, healthy recipes! I would enjoy seeing more.

  22. nancy says

    These popsicles look so yummy. Wish my mom know how to make this stuff when I was growing up!

    Would love the book, just going down the gluten free path myself. Been sugar free for a while.

  23. Wendy Smith says

    I would love a copy of this book–I can use all the quick & easy recipes I can get on my grain & sugar free path

  24. Abby says

    I just discovered your site after realizing that i have a gluten allergy (at age 32). So excited to see all of your delicious recipes!

  25. Erica says

    I am always looking for ways to cut out the refined sugar from my little ones treats! Those popsicles are definitely on my must try list!

  26. Katrina says

    With 3 forever hungry celiac kids, having a book with 20 minute recipes would be ideal!

  27. Priscilla Meinheit says

    I would love a copy of this book, as I cook and bake gluten free and I need all the help and support that I can get.

    Thank you,

  28. Lauren says

    This would be a welcome addition to my cookbook collection since I have Celiacs and I am trying to reduce my sugar consumption. :)

  29. Emily S. says

    I love Amy at SS&GF! I would love to have her cookbook! What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  30. KarineGroulx says

    We just recently found out that my 2 year old son and myself have many intolerance, sugar, gluten and dairy are the major ones. I would love to own this book, it looks wonderful. Thank you :)

  31. Joani says

    I had never tried adding almond butter to popsicles. I’m going to make them and probably use raw almond butter and carob instead. Thanks so much as always and for the cute photo!

  32. Terry says

    Recently read that sugar ages you, that you get more wrinkles especially in your face. That’s enough for me to want to reduce my sugar intake, but I am a huge baker. This cookbook would be fabulous!

  33. Christi says

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook!!! Gluten-free eating is new for us and I have a very short recipe list! I NEED this cookbook! Lol :)

  34. Jenna says

    I’ve made many different kinds of popsicles but I’ve never added almond butter. These sound delicious. Thanks for the giveway.

  35. Erica Dinner says

    Always looking for new recipes and ideas – also been Paleo for almost 2 years

  36. JoAnna Pepe says

    Your recipes and sound nutritional advice have supported me in maintaining a gluten/grain free diet for several years now. I can honestly say I rarely feel
    deprived! Many thanks for following your passion and serving so many people
    in such a beautiful way! JoAnna

  37. Heidi S says

    Perfect gluten-free treats for the summer! My children and grandchildren would love them! We are all chocolate lovers! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Heather mcalpine says

    I am going to make these for my 3 year old son tomorrow :D
    he us going to Love them!!

  39. Julia Chen says

    I would absolutely love to have a copy of this book! I have Multiple Sclerosis and recently started the Paleo Diet. I would really appreciate any recipes that could help me out in this transiton in my diet.

  40. Casey dubbs says

    I have been wanting to try some of Amys recipes!
    Would love to win the cookbook!

  41. Karin Wargel says

    I would like to win this book and use it to cook for my family and friends.

  42. Patrick says

    This book (and the popsicles) sound fantastic! Would love the chance to win a copy…

  43. says

    Mmmmm! These sound so delicious and remind me of my favourite iced coffee drink. Can’t wait to make them, just need some popsicle molds. I would love to win a copy of this book, I’m just started to explore gluten free and am loving your blog. :)

  44. laura anne says

    Wow! This book would be a great asset in my quest to ditch the gluten! Love your almond flour cookbook!

  45. sara r. m. says

    This would be a lovely partner to my copy of The Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook ;) which I simply adore!

  46. Kathleen says

    Make these items in 20 minutes or less???!!! Count me in! Would love to have the book.

  47. Laurel Holler says

    I would love to have this book. I am always looking for sugar free recipes.

  48. Kim says

    These look great my husband doesn’t like bananas but my son and I will and that book sounds great.

  49. Christa says

    I would LOVE to get better with cutting sugar out of my diet… this would be fabulous to have!

  50. Kathy Foulk says

    What a great looking bunch to have around for the summer. I’m sure they are good recipe testers too. Thanks for the great recipes.

  51. Minnie says

    Would love to have a cookbook that fits my nutritional needs without having to adapt the recipes

  52. Jen Eccleston says

    Thank you for this recipe! I make popsicles for my kids using cashew cream, cocoa powder, agave and vanilla. Yummy and healthy fat too. Thinking about adding avocado and banana too. LOVE your site – been such a blessing to us as we dive into grain free living.

  53. Rebekah says

    These look so yummy! The book sounds fantastic as I’m always looking for tasty treats with little or no sugar.

  54. Theresa says

    I have read about Amy’s book and I would so love to own a copy.
    Thanks for the popsicle recipe, can’t wait to try it on my family.

  55. Jennifer Childs says

    Love your book. Would love a copy SS&GF too.

    Going to make these popsicles as soon as it warms up again. Gotta love NW summers! :)

  56. Elana says

    I usually make fruit juice popsicles for my daughter – never would have thought of using almond butter, will have to give it a try!

  57. says

    I would love to have the sugar free and gluten free book. I have been struggling with trying to find good recipes.

    Thanks, Judi

  58. Tisha A. says

    I would love a copy of the book and your version of the popsicles looks marvelous!

  59. Kristin Walukas says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have been looking at the book on Amazon and considering buying it. It is nice to have your review of it. I’d love to win your giveaway!

  60. Caroline says

    Would love a copy of that book – my daughter is GF and we’re trying to limit the sugar! Tx.

  61. Helen Wittman says

    This book would be so good. My children are liking the healthy foods they are eating but are getting bored with the same old things. PLEASE I need the inspiration.

  62. elisabeth says

    Always looking for new super simple and super healthy recipes to feed my kids!!

  63. Rin says

    This books looks wonderful…as does the recipe. Chocolate almond banana? Yum! Can’t wait to make them!!

  64. Rachel says

    I’d love a copy of Amy’s book. We’re on a popsicle kick at our house.

    This is also a good chance to thank you, Elana, for keeping up the good work. It must be hard to continue to come up with so much deliciousness so often. I, for one, appreciate it. Thank you.

  65. Mike says

    Sugar is definitely my weak point. I’d love to get some good direction from these recipes.

  66. Tamara Bell says

    Our family is in transition. We are just beginning the sugar free gluten free journey.

  67. Jess says

    I have this on my Amazon wish list! I’m a FB fan of Amy Green and I love her recipes!

  68. JB says

    I’m always trying to reduce or eliminate refined sugars in my GF cooking so Amy’s book sounds like it would get a lot of use at my house. (Thanks for all of your super recipes too–I use them a lot and everyone always loves them!)

  69. says

    What a wonderful photo of your rascals. Mine are now 6 footers but still love a cold treat – they usually look for fruit juice pops but these seem much healthier. Thank you.

  70. Dana Ramsey says

    Thanks for this great recipe! We’ll try it tomorrow! And thanks for the great book giveaway too! LOVE your recipes and website!

  71. Marla says

    Looks super yummy!!!! Am definitely going to try them with our summer child-care co-op

  72. Susan M-S says

    what a great idea for a yummy gf snack. needing to do no sugar myself I’m really interested in Amy’s book.

  73. Teresa says

    I think I will try these out when my grandkids visit this weekend. They are super picky & addicted to sugar. I need all the help I can get to break that vice!! Would love the book for even more help.
    I love our blog.

  74. says

    I would be very happy to have that book.

    Btw, I made a very similar ice cream like you a few weeks ago. Banana and nut spread are great together, indeed :)

  75. Feiga Mazer says

    Yum! I can’t wait to try these popsicles. You also just cleared up something for me-I can’t digest quinoa and couldn’t figure it out. I will check out the Paleo diet. thanks.!

  76. Janice says

    Love your website…it is my “go to” for most of my recipes! Love the fact that you highlight so many gluten free/sugar free cookbooks!

  77. Iris Friedman says

    Looks good! I’m strictly GF and mostly paleo, and always looking for quick & easy recipes to make for lunch @work.

  78. Venessa says

    Oh I love Amy’s blog. I would love to try more of her recipes. Thanks for this giveaway! :-)

  79. Amanda says

    I’d love a copy. I have insulin resistance in addition to celiac so this book would be super helpful!

  80. CMommy says

    My friends and I were just discussing how much we love coconut EVERYTHING including milk, which my dairy allergic son can eat and not feel left out from ice cream! These look so delicious!

  81. Heather O'Brien says

    This book is wonderful. If I’m not lucky tonight, I’m going to buy it tomorrow (but I’d love to be lucky :-)

  82. Katie R. says

    Would love a copy of Amy’s book. Sugar-free and gluten-free is the way to be :)

  83. says

    I’m always looking for quick meals to prepare for my family. Being 90 degrees today, I am going to make the frozen pops today! Thanks Elana and Amy!

  84. Tracy W says

    Would love to add this book to my gf cookbook collection! Always on the hunt for new recipes!

  85. Hazel Clements says

    Yummy, I love frozen bananas dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in nuts! However this might satisfy my fudgescicle craving! Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Now I am contemplating buying a zoku!

  86. says

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! My little boy has multiple food allergies and I am always looking for new recipes. Thanks for the opportunity!

  87. Dena says

    Sounds like a great book that my family would really put to good use and enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  88. Amanda says

    I also have seen Amys site and she has some great ideas also. hopping to win this book !

  89. Angela M. says

    I would LOVE to have this cookbook! Fairly newly gluten free and sugar free and needing help with creative, tasty dishes!

  90. Lara says

    This book sounds absolutely fantastic! I luv the idea of minimal time recipes as I am studying for the bar exam right now and am having a hard time making anything homemade due to lack of time! I luv that that these recipes are 20 minutes or less!!

  91. Serena says

    These popsicles look wonderful! And I could definitely use help with sugar free treats.

  92. Eliana says

    You and Amy are my favorite GF bloggers! Now that I can’t digest grains I’ve had to give up most of her recipes, but I would love to share this book with my mom, who has just gone gluten free and is flirting with trying paleo.

  93. Gina says

    What a WONDERFUL giveaway!! I love finding out about new and exciting books like this, since we are new to the GF diet, and moving away from sugar. Thanks for the chance!

  94. Mary says

    I would love to win this cookbook. It would be great to find recipes that ALL the kids would like so my one little granddaughter who has to be GF and Dairy free also would be eating the same snacks.

  95. Shannon says

    I’ve been gluten free for almost a year now, and have been almost completely free of refined sugar too (some still sneaks in through dark chocolate!) — this book looks great!

  96. Jennifer says

    Popsicles sound delish!!! I’m definitely going to have to try them! Would love to win Amy’s book!

  97. Stacy says

    Mmmm I’m definitely going to try that popsicle recipe. I’ve only ever done the fruit ones for the kids. Of course they love anything, but the almond butter would be a good energy booster! The recipe book looks amazing as well.

  98. Collette says

    Thanks for this recipe! looks yummy and can’t wait to try it out on my kids :)

  99. Bonnie says

    I’ve lost 45 pounds eliminating sugar from my diet. I would love to win this book to learn more about sugar free cooking.

  100. Jenny says

    I am going try this almond butter popsicle recipe. Thanks! Hope I win the book too!

  101. says

    Interesting about your diet…never heard of it…I will do more research. Email me if you have other things I can read about it and why you follow it. I need to be gluten free and am searching for healthier eating plans now that make it easy for me with my busy schedule.

  102. Shannon says

    I love the concept behind this cookbook! Am gonna try those popsicles for sure!!!

  103. jen says

    these look great and the book looks fantastic. I’ve loved cooking from your two cookbooks. i owe you a giant thanks for helping my kids make the transition to a more “paleo” lifestyle. your almond pancakes and coconut flour muffins have saved me on many occasions and I always try to keep some frozen for the kiddos.

  104. Jennifer Van Mol says

    would looove to win a copy of your book!! looks fantastic!! will be trying this recipe with my nephews for canada day! thanks for sharing!! =)

  105. Isabelle says

    This recipe looks so yummy (actually I’m gonna try it tomorrow) and I would love to have that book in my collection! ;-)

  106. Lisa M. says

    Eight weeks ago, my doctor put me on an elimination diet to help stabilize a health condition. Now wheat-free & sugar-free, this book appears to be the answer to my prayers!

  107. says

    would love to win if the giveaway’s still open!
    congrats on your wonderful web-page, it’s a very interesting and mouth-watering read :-)
    the kids on the pic look so happy and cute, what a lovely neighborhood you’ve got!
    best, sam xx

  108. Cathy Shipp says

    Wow! I love how all you creative types are making it easier for us to eat more healthy! This would be a great addition to my collection!

  109. says

    I am learning to bake GF and without refined sugar…. this would be a huge help! I just feel better with GF and refined sugar in my diet.

  110. cmscribbles (Cindy) says

    We are using dietary treatment for epilepsy with my son. I would love to win this book and see if there are any suitable recipes in it we could use, even if I needed to modify them a bit. Thanks Elena!

  111. Wendy says

    I am 60 days into the sugar-free/gluten-free journey and would truly appreciate this fine book as a reference guide. Thanks for everything you do!

  112. alix says

    my 15 y/o son was dx with type 1 diabetes last year. we have switched to a paleo way of eating though we have always had a very healthy diet. snacks seem to be the toughest and we always seem to have a house full of kids. i will be making your recipe today. i think the book would help when my creativity wanes.

    i would enjoy seeing a post of all your snacks and foods you like to make when your house is full of kids. even when we do not have a bunch of kids over i feel like the food constantly flows out of the kitchen, as my 3 kids are always hungry :)

  113. Aura says

    I just made these…my kids eat dairy, so I subbed raw goat milk for the water, and only had one banana…I’m sure they’ll be a hit!

  114. Tricia says

    Those look delicious! I’ve had this book on my Amazon wish-list for a time. Oh to make it mine!

  115. Robin says

    Do you think these would work in a Zoku quick pop maker?

    Sounds like a great recipe and book.

  116. says

    I am newly gluten free, and resources like your blog and following you on Twitter are making it so much easier for me!! I appreciate everything you do to share this information, thanks so much – and I’m really looking forward to trying these tasty little guys for myself!!!


  117. Kat says

    Easy, delicious and under 20 min. gluten free recipes? This book is definitely a must have.

  118. Mackenzie Waz says

    I’m always looking for new sources of sugar free and gluten free ice cream substitutes and this sounds like a very refreshing, satisfying recipe to try ( I love almond butter!!) This book sounds like it’s right up my alley for more yummy, healthy choices!

  119. Leah Price says

    I am so excited to see this book! I didn’t know it existed. I love new recipes.

  120. LK says

    Would love to win! My son is 4.5 and sugar free so far. Any inspiration to keep it that way are always good.

  121. sam says

    mmmm…this recipe looks amazing! i love the banana-almond butter combo!

    amy’s book looks wonderful!

  122. Audrey says

    I love the sound of these popsicles, but I would love even more to have a copy of this book. I am gluten and sugar free and it would help me a lot!
    Thanks! LOVE your blog!

  123. danielle zollitsch says

    I need this! Quinoa is the only grain I eat! Havent tried oats lately but maybe I will….

  124. says

    Yum! My 10 year old wasn’t crazy about my coconut milk chocolate ice cream pops, but I’ll bet she’d love this one. Thanks Elana!

  125. Fiona says

    I would absolutely love a copy of this book, I’m just starting down the Paleo road myself and can use all the help I can get!

    • Leah Rosenberg says

      As a grandparent of a celiac 3 year old, I am so grateful that there is so much material available to me. The recipes you post are so helpful to me and many others.