These healthy, fresh foods make excellent popsicles. There are all kinds of creative popsicles you can make with a simple popsicle mold (or paper cups and popsicle sticks).
Here are some recipes and ideas:
You pay a lot of money for fruit-only, natural popsicles in the store. Making your own could hardly be easier! Try some of these combinations.
1. In a blender, combine 2 cups of washed strawberries with tops removed. Add just enough fruit juice (such as cranberry or apple) to make the mixture liquefy. Pour into molds and freeze.
2. Combine 1 cup each of sliced, peeled peaches and nectarines with 1/4 cup orange juice and blend until pureed, adding orange juice as needed.
3. Berries are so flavorful in a popsicle. Combine 1/2 cup each of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries with about 1/4 cup of water to make a lovely purple liquid that makes a tangy popsicle.
4. In a blender, combine 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed, 1 ripe banana, and 1/4 cup water or orange juice. Pour into molds and freeze.
Here are some popsicle recipes that go beyond just fruit to make dessert-like popsicles.
1. In a blender, combine 2 ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 cup of sweetened, vanilla almond milk. Liquefy, then pour into molds and freeze.
2. You don’t need a blender for this recipe. You can combine these ingredients in a bowl or jar: 1 cup orange juice, 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt, and sugar or honey to taste. Whisk everything together and freeze in molds.
3. For a refreshing chocolate-mint popsicle, try this recipe: In a bowl, blend 2 cups vanilla yogurt with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup. Whisk in 1 or 2 drops of peppermint flavoring or 1/4 cup of cool, strong peppermint tea. Freeze.
4. Chocolate and strawberries or raspberries are a classic combination. In a double boiler, melt 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. While the chips melt, blend 2 cups of strawberries or raspberries in the blender until liquid. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the puree while the blender is running. Freeze in molds.
- Coat the inside of popsicle molds with light oil such as safflower or canola to make unmolding easier. Running warm water over the mold before removing the popsicle also helps.
- Just about any smoothie recipe can be frozen into popsicles.