These simple cookies and milk popsicles are going to be your kids new favorite summer treat. These easy ice pops are easy to put together and can be customized using your favorite cookies!
I never really had any grand visions and plans for my daughter when she was little. That's unusual, I suppose. Instead I had guidelines and general ideas of what I wanted for my daughter. One of them was for her to eat a wide variety of food and actually want to eat healthily and nutritiously. Luckily, that is exactly how she likes to eat. She will try anything if you tell her it will make her strong and healthy. She loves eating vegetables and even more surprisingly, can't get enough milk.
I've never been a big milk drinker in my life, but my daughter is obsessed. She asks for milk whenever possible and drinks it at nearly every meal. It makes me so proud of her because of how nutrient-packed milk is (with 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving) meaning I can be sure her diet is well-balanced.
During the summer, we try to find more creative ways for her to enjoy her milk while still being cool. Our favorite way is to make these cookies and milk popsicles. They are creamy and refreshing with chunks of cookie. It's amazing and I admit to sneaking quite a few of these on my own. Really, the base is almost like ice cream, only much more nutritious with the lower fat milk and using maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.
What I didn't realize about milk is that so many children don't have regular access to milk during the summer months. In fact, that number is roughly 22 million when they lose their free/reduced school meals that provide them milk. And food banks aren't able to help much either due to their limited supply that leaves them with the ability to only provide less than a gallon of milk per person per year. Fortunately, with a program like milklife.com/give, you can donate to help give children the milk they need to grow. Just $5 can make a huge difference. This is made possible by The Great American Milk Drive, which is a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies which use the donations to provide milk to children who need it. So far they've been able to provide 12 million servings to families in America.
So make a difference, if you can, and in the mean time, make a double batch of these cookies and milk popsicles and maaaaaybe give your kids one or two. The rest? Quality control. 😉
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.