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!


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby5 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin6 years ago

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

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ingo Schreiner
Ingo Schreiner6 years ago

so refreshing