Try making small batches in ice cube trays to taste test, or just jump in and choose one that sounds yummy!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Whiz together all the ingredients.
- 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.
- Pour into chosen containers.
- 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.
- Ice cube trays are good for family taste tests.
- 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.
- 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.
* 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.