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Homemade Popsicles The Entire Family Will Love

on June 3, 2012

Popsicles are one of those summertime snacks that everyone seems to enjoy regardless of how old you are.  Unfortunately, most popsicles that we find in the stores are full of sugar so last year I bought my own popsicle molds so that I could start making my own popsicles that are not only delicious but are also healthy and most use the natural sweetness of fruit and honey in some cases.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes!

Honey Yogurt Berry Pop

2 cups 0% Greek Yogurt, I used Fage (Chobani will work as well)
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup mixed berries, washed (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)

Preparation:

1. Blend yogurt and honey together in a large bowl. Fold mixed berries in. Transfer into a container with a spout so the mixture can be poured into popsicle molds. Fill popsicle molds close the top and put in popsicle sticks. Freeze for 3 hours or overnight.
2. You can use any of the remaining mixture and blend it with some ice for a yogurt berry smoothie!

Fruit Salad Ice Pop

1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved ( 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice

Preparation:

Arrange some of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

'Veggie' Popsicles

3 Ripe Bananas

1 Pineapple

2 C Spinach

Water

Preparation:

Combine all in blender and blend until smooth.  Add enough water to get correct consistency and fill molds.  Freeze until solid, usually 6 hours, depending on mold.

Best Ice Pop Molds

I must admit, I have tried quite a few molds and was disappointed with many that I bought because the stands were not secure, the pops would not come out or regardless of how long they froze, the pops never seemed to freeze just right.  Last summer, I finally found the best popsicle mold from Tovolo.  It is easy to use, clean up, and the pops come out easily, not to mention the popsicles are in a cute star shape!

While I have not tested these popsicle molds out, the jewel pop and push up pop molds provide fun ways to enjoy this summertime favorite!

The newest popsicle mold that I must admit, while it is on the more expensive side, seems very appealing, is the Zoku Quick Pop maker because it freezes in as little as 7 minutes.  In addition to that, they make individual Zoku pop makers which will allow each child to have their own personal popsicle holder.

If you are looking for more creative popsicle recipes, the book Pops!: Icy Treats is worth checking out!  There are so many exciting recipes that are sure to be a hit with the entire family!

Sources:

http://joylicious.net

http://www.marthastewart.com

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