Healthy Homemade Popsicles

The ice cream bars and popsicles available at the store on our corner are a little scary. Supernaturally vibrant and made from ingredients that seem completely superfluous, I feel a huge flush of guilt when my daughters talk me into getting them. But when it’s a hot, Brooklyn day, and we’re walking by, it’s hard to resist their joyful pleas for these childhood summertime treats.

When I was young we used to make popsicles in plastic popsicle molds, but they never, ever, satisfied like the real McCoy. They tasted like frozen orange juice concentrate (and with all I know now about plastic I’d like to avoid that component). But if I have been able to convince my kids to love a thick homemade smoothie more than a bowl of ice cream, maybe I can get them to love a homemade all-natural popsicle as much as the terrifying Sponge Bob version from the store.

So here’s the plan: We’ll use paper cups and wooden popsicle sticks, we’ll mix and match our concoctions, freeze, unmold, and enjoy summer on a stick–without the high fructose corn syrup, red dye number 3, and bubble gum eyeballs.

I have collected some smoothie recipes from the Care2 archives that make perfect popsicles. There are just some basic techniques to follow:

  • Make the puree with enough liquid so that the mixture is very smooth.
  • Pour the mix in paper cups, about 2/3 full.
  • Place a popsicle stick or chopstick in the cup.
  • Wait until frozen, dip cup in water to unmold it, remove cup, enjoy.

Frozen Banana Mango with Cardamom Bar: This is really a cold soup recipe, but is delicious as a frozen bar.

Frozen Raspberry Cappuccino Bar: Use regular yogurt here instead of frozen yogurt.

Frozen Watermelon Mint Bar: It just doesn’t get more refreshing than this.

Frozen Super Berry Bar: Super anti-oxidant, and vegan!


Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Aud Nordby
Aud n3 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred H3 years ago

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

Melissa Franklin
Melissa F4 years ago

Mmm, all these yummy recipes are making me hungry for ice cream!!!!!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ingo Schreiner
Ingo Schreiner4 years ago

so refreshing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Patricia H.
Patricia H4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Aleksandra K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this entertaining article with us.

Dale Overall

Marvellous and so refreshing! Sounds tasty to me, especially the joys of mango!