The summer brings forth many activities that we all look forward to such as camping, going to the beach, lounging by the pool, and heading to local pubs or restaurants to enjoy a frosty beer out on the patio. But, with all good things comes the catch: the heat. Standing in line at an ice cream parlor or buying freezies from the supermarket leaves you susceptible to your frozen snacks melting all over your hands. There’s also the added obstacle of having to purchase treat after treat. This summer, make your own fruit popsicles at home with just a few ingredients so you can beat the heat without breaking the bank.
One of the best things about making fruit popsicles at home is that you don’t need to stick to any strict guidelines in terms of which fruit you use. If you’re a fan of raspberry then make a treat using those instead of strawberry. You can also mix and match various fruits with one another for added flavor. The decisions really lie in your hands and you have total freedom to experiment with your fruit popsicles.
We’re going to break down the basics for you using strawberry as a base fruit so you won’t be lost in the kitchen. Don’t worry, they’re super cheap, easy to make, and anyone can do it!
Basic Fruit Popsicle Recipe
What You’ll Need
- Popsicle mold
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 1/4 cup of apple juice
- 1-2 tablespoons of agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Puree all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold.
- Add popsicle sticks and let freeze for 5-6 hours.
You don’t need very many things to make your own fruit popsicles and as you can see, the recipe is super simple. Though, you can also use a variety of other ingredients if you want your popsicles to have a different consistency. Some people enjoy adding yogurt to their mixes for a creamier end result, and it’s really up to you if you’d like to go down that route. You can add 2 cups of plain yogurt in with your fruit to the blender and pour all the pureed ingredients into the popsicle mold, or you can add the yogurt in after the pureed fruit for two contrasting flavors.
The same process listed above can be repeated for whichever fruit you’d like to make your popsicles from. Popular choices have been raspberry, blueberry, pineapple, watermelon, and peach.
Whole Fruit Popsicles
On the other hand, if you’re looking to indulge in a healthier snack that also lets you munch on some whole pieces of fruit, this is the recipe for you. This whole fruit popsicle recipe is just as simple as the making other fruit pops and gives you a beautiful, translucent end product.
What You’ll Need
- Popsicle mold
- Mixing bowl
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4 rounds
- 2 peaches, peeled and sliced into 1/4 pieces
- 2 cups of no sugar added white grape juice
- 1 cup of strawberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup of raspberries
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- Combine the fruit in a mixing bowl and toss.
- Add fruit to the popsicle mold.
- Pour enough white grape juice into the popsicle mold so that it covers the fruit.
- Add a popsicle stick to each mold.
- Freeze for 5-6 hours.
If you’re hoping to combine two or more fruits (or fruits and veggies) into your popsicle mold then there are lots of great recipes you can view online that will walk you through the process. Creating your own fruit popsicles is such an easy way to reward yourself with a healthy treat and not break the bank while doing so. Go ahead and enjoy the summer!