Healthy Homemade Popsicles

I first made homemade healthy popsicles with my friend’s daughter Adela. We needed some entertainment on a hot summer day and, to be honest, I only know how to entertain kids two ways: the kitchen and Netflix.

This was a great activity and you all loved the idea when I shared it on Instagram, but I wanted to give you a more complete recipe.

I got together with my friend Monika to make these healthy and delicious popsicles that are a great activity to do with your kids.

They’re super easy to make and require few ingredients, some you might even find in your fridge.

Basics

  • Fruit Base: We like to blend the fruit to make the base for our popsicles. You can get creative but we recommend that to keep it kid-friendly you balance acid fruits with naturally sweetened ones.
  • Creamy Base: You can achieve a creamy base with bananas or yogurt. Our preferred base is bananas which we recommend blending from frozen.
  • Decorations: At Monika’s encouragement we decorated the popsicles with pieces of fruit to add a splash of color and make a healthy treat fun. The kids loved it!
  • Molds: We used molds we both had at home. We like these, these, these and these. You can also use plastic cups and reusable straws, or wooden sticks.
  • Freeze times: We recommend at least 6 hours, but overnight is best.
  • Waiting: Waiting is a pain for kids, especially when they have to wait until the next day. We recommend having healthy popsicles in the freezer to give them the same day. Look for ones without added sugar or funny ingredients. We love Puro Zumo.

We made two recipes:

  • Mango + Cantaloupe Melon with Strawberry, Blueberries and Kiwi decorations
  • Chocolate Banana

but you can make these with just about anything:

  • Yogurt with berries cut into pieces
  • Grape juice with blueberries
  • Coconut milk + pineapple with shredded coconut
  • Watermelon and Mint
  • Cold pressed Green Juice with your child’s favorite fruit

Mango & Cantaloupe Melon Pospsicles

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups of melon
  • Strawberries, Kiwis and Blueberries for decorating.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put the mango and the melon in the blender.
  2. Taste and add more mango or melon.
  3. Add the mixture to the popsicle molds halfway . Insert fruit decoration and then continue to fill the molds 3/4 of the way (they need room to grow)
  4. Insert in the freezer for 6-8 hours, but preferably overnight

Chocolate Banana Popsicles

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of honey, maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk ( or the milk of your choice)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender
  2. Add the mixture to the popsicle molds 3/4 of the way (they need room to grow)
  3. Insert in the freezer for 6-8 hours, but preferably overnight

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