Popsicles don’t require much of an introduction. Everyone has a soft spot for these refreshing summertime treats because what’s not to love! They’re cold, colorful, conveniently eaten on a stick, and easy to make at home (emphasis on the easy).

Our families love these simple “desserts” because they are surprisingly healthy and require no advance preparation beyond a little culinary creativity. When temps rise, we shop our fridge, fruit bowl, and pantry to make endless fun flavors that even incorporate veggies. Leftover watermelon and tomatoes? Half an avocado with coconut milk and lime? Maybe even carrots? Yep, we promise kids gobble up anything that looks like an icy sweet!

By making them at home, we get the best of summer without the refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colorings and flavors found in store-bought pops. Even better, we save money and avoid waste by using ice cube trays, cups, or empty yogurt containers repurposed as molds. Or, if you’d prefer fun-shaped reuseable gear, we recommend using non-toxic, BPA-free ones (we like Tovolo and Kinderville).

We’ve whipped up a few different popsicle recipes to help you cool down this month and hope our healthy alternatives inspire your family to experiment, taste test, and have fun when making your version of the season’s classic.

What are your favorite homemade ice pops?

GO GREEN ICE POPS
Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water, milk of choice, or 100% natural pineapple juice (depending on creaminess or sweetness desired)

Directions

  • Blend spinach and liquid of choice. Add pineapple and purée. Then add bananas and continue to mix until smooth. We prefer a smoothie-like consistency. Pour in popsicle molds and freeze (typically takes 1 to 3 hours).

 

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POPS
Ingredients

  • Organic plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Organic honey to taste

Directions

  • Pour organic yogurt in the popsicle molds (you can even use the yogurt container with a popsicle stick!).  Stir in 1-2 teaspoons honey if using plain yogurt and you’re not a fan of tartness. Next, purée the strawberries and blueberries separately. Then swirl the strawberry and blueberry mixtures directly into the yogurt in each mold. Alternatively, you can layer the yogurt and purée for a fun striped design. Freeze.

 

STRAWBERRY LOVER’S ICE POPS
Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp basil leaves (chopped)

Directions

  • Purée 2 cups of strawberries with 3 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons basil leaves. Pour in molds and freeze.
  • http://www.modernmom.com/blogs/wendy-irene Wendy Irene

    I’ve got some really ripe strawberries in my fridge just waiting to be made into ice pops. Thank you for the good idea!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Great, Wendy! These pops are perfect for using up overripe fruit so it doesn’t go to waste. We hope you enjoy.

  • Misty Featherley

    I can not wait to try the ones with spinach!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Our family loves these green pops because they’re very refreshing. I think using the fresh spinach leaves makes the difference, so it doesn’t overwhelm the pineapple flavor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danicolvin1011 Danielle Colvin

    I’m so excited to try these pops. My fiancee just got custody of his oldest daughter a little over 2 years ago and she does not eat veggies at all and she just turned 9, so I think this will be help her to get some of what she needs.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Danielle, we’re glad this clever way to introduce veggies will help get your little girl to eat them. It’s hard to say “no” to a popsicle. Having her make them with you, too, might make her more inclined to eat her greens. Enjoy!

  • joan aspen

    cant wait to try these ! thanks for the recomendations for what molds to buy.. i was having a hard time finding good ones :)

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Glad we could help, Joan. Let us know how they turn out or if you invent any great recipes of your own.

  • Alika

    My son loves the ones out of freshly squeezed oranges with lots of pulp. Lucky me, those are the easiest to make. We, also, drop several small berries in them to make it more fun.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      What a great idea to drop several small berries in the pops! We bet it makes for a pretty presentation.

  • Alika

    My son loves the ones with freshly squeezed oranges with lots of pulp. Lucky me, those are the easiest to make. We, also, add some small berries to make it more fun.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Great idea about dropping small berries in the pops for added fun and nutrition!

  • Nathalie

    The Best Thank you so much for sharing these with Us i’m definitely going to be trying them especially the strawberry ones as my 2 Girls felicity and Karley love them. Thank u again I’m a Big fan!! <3

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      We’re glad you’re excited, Nathalie. Our Honest taste tester said the strawberry pops really capture the flavor of the fruit, so they’re perfect for the berry lovers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leela.rupa Leela Rupa

    I add Chia seeds too!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Leela, adding the chia seeds are a great idea for an added punch of fiber and healthy omega-3 oils. Do they change the flavor of the pops?

  • Erica

    I can’t wait to try these! My 1-year old son is starting to become a very picky eater and it’s hard to get him to eat veggies. I think he’ll really enjoy having a cold, sweet (and nutritious!) treat during the heat of summer too.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Erica, let us know if your son likes them and any new popsicle recipes you come up with!

  • Dorothy O.

    we make at home also apple puree! looking forward for reading more of your honest tips!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Dorothy, do you add any other ingredients to the apple puree before freezing? I bet teething babies would enjoy an apple puree pop.

  • Amy

    Where do you get the sticks?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Amy. You can find popsicle sticks online and at cooking or crafting stores. We like reusable bamboo popsicle sticks by Onyx.

  • Fiona

    Just made the Go Green pops yesterday. Since the recipe was waaay too much for our molds, my 10 month old, hubby and I all enjoyed delicious smoothies! Yummmmmm :)

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Fiona, we’re glad you enjoyed the pops and smoothies!

  • Meghan Cooper

    These look super tasty!

  • http://twitter.com/1shoremama 1shoremama

    I can’t wait to try these! For the Go Green pops have you ever used frozen spinach or is uncooked fresh best?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Shore Mama, we use fresh raw spinach. Frozen spinach doesn’t produce quite as nice of flavor.

  • Jenna

    I like to freeze little dots of Greek yogurt for my toddler to snack on. She loves them so I cannot wait to make these popsicles!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Jenna, what a great idea to freeze little dots of yogurt as a healthy toddler snack. We’ll have to try it at home too.

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  • Angelika Parrish

    I cannot wait to try these! My 3 year old will LOVE them:) We make smoothies all the time with spinach or kale, coconut milk, and fruit….don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner for a nice summer treat! Thank you!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Smoothies are another great alternative to sweets, which kids gulp up. We serve our extra popsicle puree as smoothies, so nothing goes to waste.

  • grace

    how come I can’t pin anything from your blog?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks for checking in, Grace. We’re aware of this problem and working with Pinterest to resolve it. We’ll share an update when it’s fixed. Have a great weekend.

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