Treat your family to a sweet, healthy, homemade version of a frozen classic… popsicles!
With the bounty of berries and other fruit available during the summer months, there’s no reason to serve sugary popsicles or frozen treats loaded with high fructose corn syrup or other unhealthy ingredients (like dyes, etc.).
Use whole fruits, fresh squeezed juices, and natural sweeteners for this summer treat. Your kids will think they’re getting dessert, when in fact they’ll be getting a nice helping of fruit!
Making your own popsicles allows you to control the quality of ingredients, save money in the long run, and reduce waste. With reusable molds, you avoid having tons of individual wrappers, and in many cases, there are no sticks to throw away.
There are many BPA free plastic molds on the market, including these cool rocket-shaped molds, these star-shaped molds, or these grooved popsicle molds. There is no waste with these plastic versions, and kids will love the fun shapes of their popsicles.
We recently purchased these stainless steel molds (pictured above) for our homemade popsicles. It was the perfect option for us as we work to eliminate plastics from our home. The only down-side is that there is still waste from the popsicle stick. (We’re working on finding a reusable solution for that, like possibly some bamboo sticks.)
In a pinch, small cups and popsicle sticks or plastic spoons can be used to make your popsicles.
No sugar added popsicle recipe
You will need:
- popsicle molds (see recommendations above)
- blender (doesn’t need to be an expensive one, but we use a Vitamix)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (I use a blend of blueberries and strawberries)
- freshly squeezed fruit juice (I use the juice of one whole lime, orange, or lemon. Lime is our favorite!)
- 1 cup filtered water (find the water filter we use and love here)
- natural sweetener of your choice – to taste (I use a tablespoon of pure maple syrup [more if using lemon juice]), but you could also use raw honey or another sweetener of your choice.) (where to buy natural sweeteners)
Note: Measurements are approximate and may need to be increased or decreased depending on the capacity of your popsicle molds. This recipe makes about 2 ½ cups of popsicle mixture.
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides if needed. Add a little more water if the mixture isn’t circulating in the blender. Adjust sweetener or other ingredients if needed, and blend a little more. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, secure lids (and sticks depending on your mold), and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Experiment with different variations of this recipe to create a no sugar added popsicle you love!
- Try adding different berries, or any other fruit you have on hand.
- Switch up the fruit juice in the recipe for a different flavor.
- Drop a surprise into the bottom of each mold before adding liquid, like a whole berry, slice of banana or kiwi, or a little orange or lemon zest.
- Use yogurt instead of water for a creamy pop.
Have fun creating and here’s to summer!