On a hot summer day, these easy fruit popsicle recipes are delicious.
Summer and popsicles are a perfect pair. These easy fruit popsicle recipes could have your family skipping another bowl of ice cream for these frozen treats. Plus, the added fruit in each recipe will make you feel good about eating another sweet treat.
While the freezer aisle is stocked with all types of colorful, flavorful popsicles, making popsicles from scratch is quite easy. In some ways, those homemade recipes can be an easy way to sneak some extra fruit into each bite. In some ways, it could be a way for parents to boost nutrition in a tasty way.
When thinking about easy fruit popsicle recipes, the key is to find ingredients and flavors that work together. Just like any recipe, balance is important. One flavor cannot overpower another.
Also, the old phrase, what grows together, goes together always applies. Combining summer seasonal fruits is a great idea. Just like that fruit salad on the table, that popsicle can be layers of amazing flavors.
Since June is National Mango Month, a mango forward popsicle is a great idea. The National Mango Board provided this recipe for Fresh Mango Berry Pops. The sweetness from the mango and the brightness from the berries is a great pairing.
Here’s how to make Fresh Mango Berry Pops.
- 3 mangos (about 3 pounds), peeled, pitted and diced
- 6 ounces raspberries
- 6 ounces blueberries
- 2 cups coconut water
- 2 tablespoons light agave nectar
- Gently push raspberries into bottom of Popsicle mold. Place diced mango into mold on top of raspberries, top with blueberries.
- In a liquid measuring cup, mix coconut water and agave nectar, pour into each mold, about ¼ inch from the top.
- Insert Popsicle sticks into each pop mold. Freeze overnight.
- Remove from molds and serve immediately.
This recipe was provided by the National Mango Board.
Sometimes easy fruit popsicles recipes can be a great way to use ingredients that are in the pantry. Since many families have Juicy Juice in the house, that juice can be transformed into a tasty frozen treat.
For example, Juicy Juice has a simple recipe for a Kiwi Strawberry Pop that even the kids can help make. In addition to pieces of strawberry and kiwi, the recipe uses gelatin. This ingredient helps to keep the fruit flavor in each bite. No one wants to have a bite that taste more like frozen water than fruity goodness.
Here’s how to make a Kiwi Strawberry Pop.
Prep time: 10 minutes plus freeze time
Makes 8 ice pops
- 1¼ cups of Juicy Juice® 100% juice, kiwi strawberry flavor
- 1 (0.3 oz) package of sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin mix
- 1 cup of strawberry halves
- 2 large ripe kiwis, peeled, cut into ¼ inch dice, divided
- Bring 1 cup of juice to a boil, then dissolve gelatin mix in boiling juice.
- Stir in ¼ cup ice-cold juice and pour cooled gelatin mixture into a blender.
- Add strawberries and three-fourths of the diced kiwi; blend until smooth.
- Using a spoon, gently stir in remaining kiwi.
- Pour ¼ cup of the kiwi mixture into each of 8 ice-pop molds; insert sticks.
- Freeze until solid.
Recipe provided by Juicy Juice.
While this recipe is a more traditional popsicle recipe, there are other ways to boost that frozen treat. For example, Juicy Juice has a layered recipe that combines cherry juice and vanilla yogurt. The combination of cherries and vanilla is a summer classic.
Here’s how to make Cherry and Cream Bomb Pops.
Active Time: 15 minutes
Makes 10 Pops
- 1 ½ cup Juicy Juice 100% Juice, cherry flavor
- 1 ½ cup frozen dark cherries or pitted fresh cherries
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Ice pop molds
- Ice pop sticks
- Puree Juicy Juice 100% Juice, cherry flavor and cherries in a blender until the cherries are slightly broken down, 10 to 20 seconds. Divide the cherry mixture in half. Take one half and pour into each pop mold, dividing evenly among them (they should each be about ⅓ full), and freeze 45 minutes. Refrigerate the remaining batch of cherry mixture for step 3.
- Whisk Greek yogurt, half and half and honey in a large glass measuring cup with a spout until the honey is completely dissolved into the yogurt mixture. Divide among the pop molds (the pop molds should be about ⅔ full after). Set pop molds in freezer and allow to firm about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, a layer of ice should form across the top, but the yogurt layer should not be solid.
- Remove the 2nd batch of cherry mixture and stir to combine. Fill the pop molds with a final layer of the remaining cherry mixture, add pop sticks, pressing down through the partially frozen layers and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours. Run under warm water to release pops from molds and serve!
Recipe provided by Juicy Juice.
One item to remember when making popsicles at home, a good popsicle mold is important. While there are many options available, the Zoku makes some great popsicle molds. From classic round shaped to fun, even silly shapes, these molds are both easy to use. It might make you want to make even more easy fruit popsicle recipes.
What are your easy fruit popsicle recipes? Do you eat more popsicles in the summer?