Make your own homemade fruit popsicles

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When I was growing up popsicles and water guns were a summer time staple! My favorite frozen treat was Otter Pops, remember those? The ones where everyone’s mouth’s turned the various colors of the rainbow after eating them. Nostalgic childhood foods are my favorite things to recreate and I must admit, I think the last time I made homemade fruit popsicles was when I was in the third grade! The great thing is that making easy healthy treats at home is super simple, without the high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors you’ll find in store bought packages. All of my homemade fruit popsicles recipes are 100 calories or less, even as low as 30 calories for the all fruit flavors!

I’ve noticed that popsicle making technology has impressively advanced in the last two decades, with companies like Zoku upping the ante on popsicle creations, and the consumers have gotten impressively creative with popsicle art! I decided to ditch the old school plastic contraption for a slightly updated Norpro Ice Pop Maker that I found on Amazon. There are a lot of options out there now, it just depends on how much your willing to spend. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just a little patience and experimentation!

The weather here in California is steadily warming up so it’s easy to keep cool with some simple popsicle recipes inspired by the ripe summer fruits now available. I hope you have as much fun creating your own fruit popsicles as I did, dust off your inner kid and bring back that imagination to create some of your favorite popsicle flavors! Almost anything can be frozen, so grab your favorite ingredients and play around!

 TIP #1: A basic property of liquid solutions is that increasing their concentrations of dissolved solids will lower their freezing points. That means that adding ingredients like sugar, salt, minerals, fruit, proteins in a solution increase the time required to freeze the product and need lower temperatures to freeze fully. When freezing a juice popsicle, the water will freeze first (freezing point is 0°C), however the fruit juice will never freeze completely and remain icy and slushy, unless the temperatures are well below 0°C. This is desirable for popsicles so that they melt quicker in the mouth and are not as difficult to bite!

TIP #2: To achieve the smoothest texture from a frozen popsicle, fast freezing and very low temperatures would produce the smallest ice crystals and best texture. Unfortunately, our freezers at home have the slowest rates of freezing. The temperatures are typically set to −18 °C (0 ºF) or lower, however it will take at least 30 minutes for even the water to become frozen, then require additional time for the dissolved solids to freeze. That is why store bought popsicles have excellent texture due to the various quick freezing technologies utilized, however this doesn’t mean homemade pops can’t taste just as delicious!

Fruit Popsicles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 12 popsicles per recipe

Calories per serving: 100 calories or less!

Fruit Popsicles

Healthy and refreshing sweet summer time popsicles. There are three delicious recipes to choose from, all are 5 ingredients or less!

Ingredients

    Strawberry Mango Yogurt Swirl Pops-
  • ¾ cup pureed strawberries (About 1 ½ cups of whole ripe strawberries)
  • ¾ cup pureed mangos (About 1 ½ cups of ripe mango slices)
  • 1 ½ cup white grape juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 16 ounces Greek yogurt (I used Yoplait honey vanilla, any flavor will work!)
  • Minty Watermelon Pops-
  • 1 ½ cups of pureed water melon (about 3 cups of watermelon, diced)
  • 1 tablespoons of fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups coconut water (I use Zico)
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • White Peach and Strawberry Fizz Pops-
  • 1 ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced white peach segments
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 3 cups sparkling white grape juice (Trader’s Joe's sells a delicious sparkling chardonnay grape juice)

Directions

    Strawberry Mango Yogurt Swirl Pops-
  1. In a blender, puree strawberries with 1 tablespoon of honey and ¾ cup white grape juice, set aside.
  2. Clean blender, then puree sliced mango with 1 tablespoon of honey and ¾ cup white grape juice, set aside.
  3. Layer the popsicles as follows; 2 teaspoons strawberry puree, than 1 teaspoon yogurt, 2 teaspoons mango puree and repeat. Make a fruit puree your last layer. Use a small spoon to drag vertically from the bottom to the top of the mold a few times to create a swirled pattern. Gently tap the molds on the counter top to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Insert the popsicle sticks, then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  5. Minty Watermelon Pops-
  6. In a blender, puree sliced watermelon pieces. Stir together the pureed watermelon, coconut water and grape juice. Add the sliced mint, and stir into the watermelon mixture.
  7. Fill each popsicle mold with the watermelon mixture, leaving about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the mold (the liquid will expand slightly as it freezes). Gently tap the molds on the counter top to remove any air bubbles.
  8. Insert the popsicle sticks, then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  9. White Peach and Strawberry Fizz Pops-
  10. Pour the sparkling grape juice into a large measuring cup, and allow to settle for at least 5 minutes to reduce some of the bubbles before adding to the mold.
  11. Thinly slice the strawberry and peach pieces so they easily fit into the popsicle mold, however are large enough to be seen. Set aside.
  12. Add a small amount of mint and lemon zest to each popsicle mold. Add the slices of fruit, alternating so they can be seen when unmolded (about 3-4 slices of each).
  13. Fill each popsicle mold with the white grape juice, leaving about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the mold (the liquid will expand slightly as it freezes). Gently tap the molds on the counter top to remove any air bubbles.
  14. Insert the popsicle sticks, then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  15. Removing the popsicles-
  16. Run the molds under warm water for ten to fifteen seconds. Slowly and carefully remove each popsicle. If the popsicles remain in the mold, run them under the warm water for a few more seconds, ensuring not to melt the pops. Freeze immediately!
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