Homemade Popsicles

 

I have been wanting to make homemade popsicles for quite some time now. I finally bit the bullet and ordered the molds from Amazon. Being that this was my first time making them, this recipe is pretty easy and can be tailored to your flavor preference. These popsicles are a great healthy dessert option and will definitely cool you off in these hot summer months. They are also incredibly kid-friendly and would be a great way to get your kids in the kitchen.

Popsicle Base

Yield: 6-8 popsicles

Prep time: 15-20 minutes (depending on your additional flavorings), Freeze time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla, coconut milk, and your desired popsicle flavorings in the blender or Ninja and blend until smooth. Add your flavor variations as desired. Save some of the fresh fruit for each recipe and add to the popsicle molds once the liquid has been added. Fill each mold about 3/4 full and add fresh fruit as desired. See below for my variations.

Raspberry Mint

  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_2

Orange Dreamsicle

  • 2 Tbsp 100% orange juice or juice from 1/2 an orange
  • Orange zest from 1/2 an orange (~1 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange, chopped into chunks (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_1

Chocolate Chip

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped

Kiwi Lime

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from ~half a lime)
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest (zest from half a lime)
  • 1/4 cup fresh kiwi, peeled and sliced (use half for blending and half for color in the molds) FullSizeRender_3

Strawberry Banana

  • 3/4 banana
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced (use half for blending and half for color in the molds)

Once you have your molds filled with your desired flavoring, place in the freezer. After 10 minutes, insert popsicle sticks into each mold. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours.

To remove the popsicles from the molds, fill your kitchen sink with lukewarm (not hot!) water high enough to reach at least 3/4 the way up the side of the popsicle mold. Place the mold in the water for 30 seconds and then place on a kitchen towel on the counter. Remove the metal top from the mold. Wiggle the popsicle stick slightly and firmly pull up. If they are a little stubborn to come out, then place the mold back in the water for another 10 seconds (no longer!) and try again. Use 10-second intervals if the popsicles are still difficult to remove. Do not place in for longer, otherwise the tip of the popsicle will start to melt.

Once the popsicles are removed, serve immediately or place in a plastic ziplock gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer.

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Enjoy!

-EAW

 

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