Ah, ice pops. What kid hasn’t spent part of summer vacation indulging in these fruity, drippy treats? Whether it was the Bomb Pop from the ice cream truck or a quick homemade ice pop made from flavored drink mix, it’s hard to imagine summer time without them.
But those childhood treats were all too often laden with artificial coloring and flavorings, not to mention ridiculous amounts of sugar. We can do better!
Here are ten ice pop recipes you can make yourself. Your kids will love many of them, and so will you.
1. Super Berry Smoothie Pops
Take this smoothie recipe for mouthwateringly delicious (and good-for-you) berry smoothies, pour it into your favorite ice pop mold, and freeze. You can thank us later.
2. Natural Dripless Popsicles
If you have little kids (and want to avoid the mess that ice pops often lead to) you may want to give this recipe for dripless ice pops a try.
3. Honeydew Lime Ice Pops
The natural sweetness of honeydew melon, combined with the tartness of limes. This recipe is definitely worth a try.
4. Organic Yogurt Pops
Organic yogurt, honey, and berries. It just doesn’t get better than this. You can easily make these pops a dozen ways just by changing up the combination of berries and other fruit you use.
5. Maple Mocha Pops
All right — this one is more of an indulgence than a healthy treat: heavy cream, half and half, coffee, and chocolate … oh my. It’s also more suited to a grown-up’s palate, but if you have a kid who enjoys this flavor combination, you could leave the coffee out.
6. Real Fruit Popsicles
Take advantage of local fruit and honey at your farmer’s market, and whip up a batch of these tasty ice pops.
7. Organic Watermelon Ice Pops
Watermelon. In ice pop form. I can’t imagine anything more cooling on a hot summer day.
8. Funky Homemade Popsicles
If you’re looking for something a little on the wild side, try one of these unique ice pop recipes: chunky pineapple-chile, crunchy peanut butter – banana, or watermelon – lime – cilantro.
9. Organic Veggie Ice Pops
Having a hard time getting your kids to eat their veggies? Try blending them up and serving them in ice pop form! It’s worth a try.
10. Coconut Pineapple Pops
This is a unique, tropical flavor combination that is both refreshing and creamy thanks to the inclusion of fresh pineapple and pineapple juice and instant vanilla pudding mix. To keep this as healthy as possible, look for organic instant pudding mixes. They can be a bit harder to find, but there are a couple available.
Summer and ice pops go hand-in-hand. We hope you try some of these delicious homemade ice pops around your house this summer!