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.
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39 thoughts on “Cool Down With Homemade Ice Pops

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

    1. 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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