If you follow me anywhere, you probably already know summer is my favorite season! As a homegrown Texan, I enjoy the warm temperatures and love being outside as much as possible.
Homemade Ice Pop Recipes
But, even for this Texas girl, when we reach temps over 100°F, it’s important to stay hydrated and refreshed. Definitely don’t need anyone dehydrating!
Ice pops are a great way to help both kids and adults cool off in the summer! Plus, it’s no coincidence that berries, fruits, and other produce are abundant this time of year.
Best of all, fruits contain large quantities of water, and, when eaten, the water can be absorbed into your body.
Therefore, these healthy, fresh foods make excellent ice pops for a sweet summer treat. In fact, there are all kinds of creative homemade ice pops you can make with a simple mold (or paper cups and Popsicle sticks).
Here are some homemade ice pop recipes, some that go beyond just fruit, to make dessert-like frozen treats to try this summer:
- Chocolate Banana: In a blender, combine 2 ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 cup of sweetened, vanilla almond milk. Liquefy, then pour into molds and freeze.
- Orangesicle: Combine 1 cup orange juice, 1½ cups vanilla yogurt, and sugar or honey to taste in a bowl or jar. Whisk everything together and freeze in molds.
- Strawberry: In a blender, combine 2 cups of washed strawberries with tops removed. Add just enough fruit juice (such as cranberry or apple) to make the mixture liquefy. Pour into molds and freeze.
- Citrus: Combine 1 cup each of sliced, peeled peaches and nectarines with ¼ cup orange juice and blend until pureed, adding orange juice as needed.
- Chocolate Mint: In a bowl, blend 2 cups vanilla yogurt with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup. Whisk in 1 or 2 drops of peppermint flavoring or ¼ cup of cool, strong peppermint tea. Freeze.
- Fresh Berries: Combine ½ cup each of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries with about ¼ cup of water to make a lovely purple liquid that makes a tangy ice pop.
- Chocolate Strawberries: In a double boiler, melt ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. While the chips melt, blend 2 cups of strawberries or raspberries in the blender until liquid. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the puree while the blender is running. Freeze in molds.
- Strawberry Banana: In a blender, combine 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed, 1 ripe banana, and ¼ cup water or orange juice. Pour into molds and freeze.
Don’t they all sound delicious?!
Which homemade ice pop recipe will you try first?
Here are a couple helpful tips to ensure your ice pops come out great:
- Coat the inside of the molds with light oil such as safflower or canola to make unmolding easier.
- Or, try running warm water over the mold before removing the ice pop.
- For a super easy treat, almost any smoothie recipe can be frozen into an ice pop.