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Healthy Summertime Popsicles Made by Kids

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dessert

Description

Try making small batches in ice cube trays to taste test, or just jump in and choose one that sounds yummy!


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Ingredients

  • Tropical
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. canned coconut milk
  • Tropical Grape
  • 1 c. grape juice
  • 2/3 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • optional: Add 1 banana, frozen or fresh, to Tropical Grape
  • Grape-pineapple
  • 1/2 c. canned pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 c. grape juice
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • optional: Add half a banana to Grape-pineapple
  • Citrus-Strawberry
  • juice and pulp of one lemon (use a fork to twist the pulp out)
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 c. orange juice

Instructions

  1. Whiz together all the ingredients.
  2. A food processor works for coconut milk or pineapple, but stick with a blender for most of the recipes – even bananas if your machine can handle it. My food processor did a bit too much sloshing and splashing, and besides, blenders are much easier for pouring.
  3. Pour into chosen containers.
  4. Baggies will hold about 1/2 cup. You can freeze them entirely flat for a very thin popsicle or roll in half, squeezing the liquid out of one half and making more of a “tube” shape on the other half. Cut off the short end of the baggie to serve, like the popsicles that come in tubes and you squeeze them up to eat.
  5. Ice cube trays are good for family taste tests.
  6. Insert sticks either right away if a thick popsicle mixture, or set a timer for an hour and then put sticks in the partially frozen treats so they stay straight.
  7. Put in a flat space in the freezer. I like to place any of these options onto a cookie sheet in case of spills and to keep them flat.

Notes

* We also tested a few things that didn’t really work great, such as adding a raw apple with some combinations (too chunky) and a lemonade version that is basically the last option there without the strawberries and orange juice (too hard, like gnawing on an ice cube).
* In my opinion, the canned coconut milk makes the consistency really like a popsicle. If you don’t think you like coconut milk, it’s still worth a try, or at least use fruit to make softer popsicles.
* Buy orange juice with pulp to at least retain some of the fiber naturally found in fruit. Or, just use an orange.