I’ve scoured the web to find some of the tastiest homemade popsicle recipes, just in time for summer. It’s amazing how many ways you can combine your personal flavor preferences using juices, fruits, yogurts, pudding, coffee, tea and many other things. You can literally just start throwing together any fresh fruits, purees or juices that you have on hand for a wholesome and natural treat. Experimenting with ingredients can be a fun, and since popsicle recipes rarely involve cooking it’s a safe and uncomplicated activity for kids of all ages. They freeze within 4 to 5 hours, so you get to enjoy the ‘frozen’ fruits of your labor in no time!
Believe it or not, they can turn out looking just as professional as the ones you buy in the store and there are so many other benefits too. You are in control of the ingredients! If you’re into organic produce, trying to control your sugar, or perhaps you have food allergies and special dietary considerations, then making them yourself offers more options. You can rest assured that your homemade popsicles will be totally free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, preservatives or whatever other ingredients may concern you when you read the labels at the grocery store.
It all starts with some sturdy, non-toxic molds. If you want them to look as good as they taste, you have to make the initial investment in a quality set. They’re only about ten dollars. Trust me on this, it’s not worth it trying pry frozen pops out of ice cube trays or cheap molds that ultimate break the popsicle and ruin the look of your frozen creation. A classic shape is fine, but there are definitely some fun molds that kids will love. Below are some examples from Tovolo.
For all of the popsicle recipes below, you can definitely substitute to suit your tastes and preferences. That’s what’s so cool about making these at home. You can try soy, almond, rice or coconut milks and yogurts in place of dairy. If you’re allergic to cocoa, try carob. Instead of sugar, use honey, stevia or agave nectar. Just remember that you typically don’t want to remove all sources of fat and sugar, because if they’re too watery they’ll be as hard as an ice cube.
1 3/4 cups strongly brewed coffee (with or without caffeine)
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
When mixing the mocha ingredients, taste test it and adjust for sweetness or chocolate flavor. Add mocha mixture to the molds, filling to 1/2″ from the top or according to your popsicle mold directions. Freeze until solid. Makes 6 popsicles.
Source Eating Out Loud
COCONUT MILK POPSICLE
1 3/4 cup of coconut milk
1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix the above ingredients together in a large measuring cup (2-4 cup size)
Pour into molds yields 2 cups of liquid, leave a 1/2 inch for expansion when feezing
Freeze for at least 4 hours in your mold and enjoy!
Source A Minneapolis Homestead
PEACH SOUR CHERRY POPSICLES
2 cups of peeled, chopped peaches (in season)
1 cup sour cherries (fresh or frozen)
2 T honey
1 T white peach balsamic
Combine all ingredients in the blender and puree until completely smooth. Pour into the popsicle molds, then insert the stick/caps and freeze for at least 5 hours for a solid freeze. Makes 6 pops.
Source The Whole Kitchen
RASPBERRY YOGURT POPSICLES
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup frozen raspberries (about 3 ounces)
In a medium bowl, whisk yogurt and sugar to combine. In a blender, place 1 cup yogurt-sugar mixture (reserve the rest) with raspberries; puree until well blended. Press raspberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into another medium bowl (discard solids). Insert ice-pop sticks, and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Make 6 pops.
Source Martha Stewart
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE POPSICLE
1 ½ cup pureed strawberries
½ cup crushed vanilla Oreos
2 cups vanilla yogurt
Puree strawberries. Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse until cookies become fine crumbs. Alternatively, place Oreos in a Ziploc and using a rolling pin to crush cookies. Add crushed Oreos to the yogurt and mix until combined. Pour a yogurt layer, then a strawberry layer and finish with another yogurt layer on top. You can either freeze each layer for 30 minutes before adding the next, or simply do all three layers at the same time before freezing and then use a skewer or fork and gently swirl for a swirled Popsicle look.
Source Bakers Royale
ORANGE BANANA SMOOTHIE POPSICLES
7 ounces Greek yogurt
2/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
2 large bananas
Zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Puree Greek yogurt, thawed orange juice concentrate, bananas, lime zest, and fresh lime juice in a blender. Add to popsicle mold. Makes 6 pops.
Source Country Living