Fruit popsicles are pretty straightforward. Pour your favorite fruit juice into popsicle moulds and freeze. Experiment with fresh-squeezed juices, blended fruit, smoothies, or try adding seltzer and yogurt to your concoctions.
Here are a few unique recipes that sound simply delicious:
Mojito Raspberry Paletas (Sweet/sour yumminess from Nature Moms! It says mojito, but there is no alcohol in this one.)
Coconut Popsicles with Roasted Peaches & Raspberries (This uses coconut milk as the base–mmmmmmmmmm!)
Avocado Lime Popsicles (Water, bananas, avocado, lime, salt combine for a creamy pop.)
Mixed Berry Ice Pops (The ingredients are blueberries, mint leaves, raspberries, seltzer, honey, and lemon juice. Sounds refreshing to me!)
HoneyDew Popsicles (1/2 of a fresh honey dew,
1/3 cup sugar, juice of one lime–blend it & freeze. Easy-peasy summer treat.)
It never occurred to me to use savory flavors or vegetables as popsicle ingredients. Once I found one recipe, I wanted more! Here are some of the favorites I found:
Red Bean Popsicles (Bean ice cream is common in Asian cuisine–and it’s so delicious. My girl EcoKaren serves up two versions of red-bean popsicles, along with a few other icy-pop recipes. Scroll down the post.)
Carrot Cake Popsicles (The ingredients in this– carrots, coconut milk, almond butter, cinnamon, ginger–lend themselves to fall flavors, and the preparation is a bit more labor-intensive than I’d personally prefer for a popsicle, but they’re intriguing nonetheless!)
Sweet Potato Popsicles (Another fall-flavored treat, but hey, why not?)
Roasted Sweet Corn Pops (Um, hello summer!)
Spicy Watermelon Popsicles (With tomato & jalapeño! Say what?! I say bring it on.)
What kiddo doesn’t like popsicles? They’re an easy way to make sure your child is getting enough hydration during summer months, plus they’re easy and fun to make! I like using silicone push-up type moulds, as they keep the sticky mess to a minimum. Sorry, I’m a little crazy like that.
Nourishing Coconut Berry Popsicles (Tiffany from Nature Moms adds an interesting twist to this one: liquid vitamins! They’re completely optional, of course, but I think it’s kinda genius.)
Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Pops
Raspberry Creamsicles (These look divine: a cream center wrapped in raspberry ice.)
Fudge Popsicles (with milk)
Rainbow Pops (Use natural food coloring, please! I’m linking this post because it is the only one I found that even SUGGESTED something other than artificial colorants!)
Dairy-Free Fudge Pops (see below)
- 1 can lite coconut milk
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 7 Tbsp sweetener (Something like agave or maple syrup works best. You can also whirl some granulated cane sugar in your blender to make it powdered. You just need to create a smooth mixture.)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl using a hand blender or a whisk. Pour into popsicle moulds. Freeze until firm.
Just for Adults
I LOVE these recipes using alcohol as a component of the popsicle. What more refreshing and fun way to serve dessert at an adult bbq or picnic? Plus, since popsicles are so simple to make in bulk, who’s to say you couldn’t make a few different varieties?
Vodka-Prepared Pops (I love Lisa at Lazy Budget Chef for her “booze pops” and other simple, great recipes.)
Tequila Sunrise Popsicles (Another perfect summer treat from Lazy Budget Chef!)
Plum Granita with Red Wine (Gorgeous, deeply-colored pops made with red wine and fruit. Yes, please.)
Creamy Margarita Popsicles (Try substituting coconut milk for sweetened condensed in this recipe. I love the presentation!)
Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Popsicles (This one kinda sounds like trouble and a hangover, but maybe you and whiskey get along…)
Mango Mojito Popsicles (Mango? Rum? I’m sold.)
Looking for Popsicle Moulds?
Most of the popsicles pictured were made with moulds like this one found on Amazon for under $10. This shape works best for fruit bars. The company makes star and rocket-shaped pop moulds, too!
I’m a big fan of silicone moulds, since they’re easy, you don’t have to fill all of them, and they don’t drip. (Perfect for kids!)
If you’re concerned with plastics, Onyx Popsicle Molds are a great, stainless-steel alternative.
What’s your favorite summer treat?
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