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Bandera Paletas {Grape-Lime-Strawberry Pops} + Niño

March 28, 2014
It’s book time again!!! This is the monthly post where I write about what hot kid’s lit has been burning up the bookshelves in our house and give you a great recipe that goes along with it.

My friends over at Zoobean always give me the best book recommendations and if you have any little people in your life I can’t urge you enough to head on over there and check them out. You can get curated, handpicked books and apps especially suited for your child either through a digital subscription or the real deal sent directly to your house. It’s brilliant!

Bandera Paletas {Grape-Lime-Strawberry Pops}

I’m so excited for this month’s book + recipe because they are both Lucha-rific! If you know anything about our house, than you know we are BIG into Lucha libre, so when Hiro got Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales I knew it would be love at first fight.

How can you resist a kid that strips down to his chones during his sisters’ nap time and wrestles imaginary villains with expert moves like the tickle tackle and the skull-cracking puzzle. He even escapes the Diablo’s grasp by creating a slippery popsicle slick from his drippy, melting bandera paleta.

In Niño’s honor I made the kids their own red, white, and green paletas, which come to think of it will also be perfect for Cinco de Mayo. The vivid green, white, and red reflect the colors of Mexico and (super bonus) are made with pure fruit juice and no food coloring!

Bandera Paletas {Grape-Lime-Strawberry Pops}

 I used a juicer to get a clear juice with no seeds or pulp but if you want you can make the layers in a blender and strain out the solids. I also added a handful of baby kale to the green grape juice to really make a deep color. The grape juice is so sweet, you’d never know it was in there, but you could use spinach for a milder flavor or try using kiwis instead of grapes. My final word of wisdom is that you’ll want each layer to freeze solid before adding the next, otherwise the colors will be all mixed up, (which is fine if you are going for more of a tie-dyed look). This might take a while depending on your freezer power, I had to let mine sit at least 3 hours before adding the next layer.

When you are done you will have a most delicious weapon…..zzzwwaappjust look at that popsicle slick!

Bandera Paletas {Grape-Lime-Strawberry Pops} + Niño

Yield: 6

The technicalities of layering the popsicle and inserting the stick is going to depend on the type of mold you are using. The kind that I have has a cap connected to the lid, which makes it impossible to fill with the stick attached, so I filled mine and then inserted the stick after I added the last layer, but I recommend using a mold where you can fill them with the stick in place that is open at the top. Also, if your molds are smaller (or larger) than mine, the amount of juice you will need to make the layers may vary. That being said, you could possibly have a lot of juice leftover which is delicious on its own....drink up!


  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 1/2 cup baby kale, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey, divided (plus more to taste)
  • 1 pound strawberries (about 3 cups), hulled and cut in half if large


  1. For the green layer, juice grapes and kale in a juicer and spoon 2 tablespoons of the juice into 6 paleta molds. Use a funnel if you are particular about getting even layers (you don't want any running down the sides of the mold messing up your business).
  2. Place in the freezer. Check after about an hour and give a stir with a chopstick to reincorporate any solids that have floated to the top. Freeze until solid, stirring occasionally.
  3. Combine lime juice, water, and half the honey. Whisk until honey is dissolved. Taste and add more if it is too tart.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons of juice into each mold, insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid.
  5. Juice the strawberries and taste. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey if the juice is tart. Whisk until the honey is dissolved.
  6. Remove popsicle sticks, pour 2 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture into each mold, replace the sticks and freeze until solid.
  7. To remove from the molds, run the paletas under warm water until they slide out of the mold. Paletas will keep in the freezer for up to a week.

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  • Gaby March 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I mean, these are beyond cute! I could LOVE these on any warm day here in LA!

    • Kate Ramos April 1, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Gaby! I’d love to make them for you. (I’d also take a warm day anywhere right now) 🙂