Summertime invites a break from the rigorous routine of traditional meals. It’s time to eat outside, pack a picnic, and indulge in the bounty of farmer’s markets with fresh fruits and vegetables. But if your kids are getting tired of melons and berries only offered whole, mix things up with these healthy summer popsicle recipes, curated from around the web.
Need a mold? Try these best-selling Tupperware molds. After all, you can’t go wrong with a classic — like popsicles on summer nights.
Frozen Breakfast Treats
For a summer fun morning, try healthy breakfast pops with coconut water, yogurt, and fruit of choice. After all, dessert for breakfast should be on every kid’s summer bucket list.
Sample recipe, Coconut and Pineapple Yogurt Popsicles:
- 3 cups pineapple, roughly chopped and chilled
- 1.5 cups coconut yogurt
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar
Drain pineapple juice to separate bowl and mix with remaining ingredients. Whisk well. Layer yogurt mixture and chopped pineapple in molds of choice. Freeze until firm, at least 5 hours.
Southern Summer Sweets
Down south, it’s a toss up between a vine-ripened watermelon and a basket of fresh peaches as to which wins the blue ribbon for sweetness. Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking delights everyone’s tastebuds with these Peaches and Cream popsicles made with yogurt and fresh peaches. Use Greek yogurt and sweeten with honey instead of sugar for a cool afternoon fill-up.
For a watermelon fix that doesn’t involve a seed spitting contest off your back porch, try Strawberry Watermelon popsicles from One Lovely Life. This is a great way to use up watermelon that maybe isn’t as sweet or crisp as you’d like. Pair it with fresh or frozen strawberries and a hint of lime zest to elevate the flavor. No sugar needed! (Except the kind you get from watermelon sticky faces on hot summer nights.)
Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles:
- 3 heaping cups chopped watermelon
- 1 cup strawberries
- zest and juice of one lime
Puree all ingredients in blender. Then put in molds and freeze.
Kid-Friendly and Allergen Free (but yum!)
From dairy to gluten to soy, there’s plenty to worry you when choosing popsicles from the store. Seems the less you can have–the more money you’re going to spend. But Wallflower Kitchen, a vegan food blogger, offers this great alternative for making delicious popsicles your kids–and you–will love.
Coconut Blueberry Smash Pops use coconut milk, sweetener of choice, vanilla, and plenty of summer fresh blueberries pulsed in your blender so you get great texture and flavor. Mix ingredients and freeze for a delicious treat that’s simpler than store bought.
What’s your favorite summer sweet?