I've always heard about the health benefits of Pomegranates and Pomegranate juice. They have been popping up in all kinds of recipes lately, but somehow I never got around to trying it. So when the nice people at POM Wonderful sent me a case of their 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice a few weeks ago, I finally got to put it to the test. This is the first of (so far) three recipes I've made with POM and they have absolutely made a Pomegranate believer out of me! Granted, straight from the bottle the unsweetened juice leaves much to be desired. However, after turning it into a syrup, an ice pop, a sorbet a double chocolate brownie (that's right - a brownie!) I have come to fully appreciate the healthy fruit. In fact, I can see myself making these recipes over and over again.
The first recipe I made was POM Banana Freeze, or Pomegranate Banana Ice Pops. Being the first recipe I was making with POM, I prepared it exactly as it was written on POM's website. The recipe was super simple and involved just four ingredients. My formerly non-Pomegranate loving husband was completely won over with these ice pops and already wants me to make more.
POM Banana Freeze (Ice Pops), from POM Wonderful
1 Cup POM Wonderful 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice
3 ripe bananas
1 batch simple syrup*
6 plastic cups**
6 plastic spoons
Simple Syrup* = boil 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water together until sugar fully dissolves. Cool to room temperature.
But Bananas in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in the simple syrup and POM. Process until smooth**. Divide mixture between the cups and place the cups in a plastic storage container. Stretch plastic wrap across the top of the plastic storage container and insert plastic spoons through the wrap and into the ice pops. Freeze until solid.
** The POM Website says to divide the mixture between just 4 cups, however, I think I may have food processed mine a bit too much because the mixture became frothy and airy. This may have caused me to yield more of the mixture because mine created 6 servings, not 4.
If you are not yet a Pomegranate lover, I suggest you try this recipe. It will surely make a believer out of you!