A few weeks ago, I got a bright idea. I decided to make homemade popsicles with real fruit so we would always have a healthy snack around this summer. This idea was so perfect!
There’s no end of flavors you can make and they’re all delicious. (See the recipes below for Pina Colada Popsicles and Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles)
Whole fruit is good for you.
They’re quick and easy to make.
The molds were cheap to buy in the grocery store.
I was sure that I’d be able to resist my beloved ice cream once I had a freezer filled with homemade pops.
All of those things were true, but one. I’ll let you guess which one.
I started by making Pina Colada Popsicles based on the recipe by Shutterbean. I didn’t use real rum in mine, but went with imitation extract. You can also leave out the rum flavor all together. I also didn’t strain the popsicles before freezing. I wasn’t concerned with making them perfectly smooth.
I really liked the Pina Colada Popsicles. They taste like vacation and summertime. So refreshing!
Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit
- 1 pineapple peeled, cored and cut in cubes
- 1/3 cup canned coconut milk stirred well
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- 1 tsp. rum extract
Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth.
Pour into popsicle molds.
Freeze until firm, 3-4 hours.
For the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles I used a bag of frozen triple variety cherries I bought at Costco. I envisioned the vanilla yogurt being more swirled in these, but it turned out more blended. Next time, I think I would just stir it all together and not worry about trying to make them look pretty.
The flavor of the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt pops is wonderful. Very cherry with creamy, sweet yogurt. This could be breakfast!
This recipe is based on this one from Steel House Kitchen. I used Greek style vanilla yogurt instead of plain and I skipped the honey.
Serves: 10 popsicles
- 2 cups frozen cherries, thawed
- 1 cup Greek style vanilla yogurt
- Place cherries in blender and blend till nearly smooth.
- Stir yogurt into cherries.
- Pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze till firm, 3-4 hours.
As I said at the top of the post, all of the statements below are true except one.
There are more homemade popsicle variations than there are fruits. So many to choose from!
Popsicles made with real fruit is healthy, especially if you include other healthy ingredients.
Freezer pops only take a few minutes of prep time. Once they’re in the freezer it’s just a matter of waiting.
Decent popsicle molds are readily available and inexpensive.
For the statement that didn’t turn out to be true – Even with a freezer full of delicious, homemade popsicles I cannot give up the ice cream. You guys, I love ice cream with a deep, deep love. I can’t quit it!