It wouldn’t be summer without cooling down with some delicious popsicles. We’ve been eating them daily here since it’s such a fun way to cool off on a hot day.
Not only do I love eating them, but also making them. Freezer pops are so simple, it’s easy to make a batch in a few minutes. It’s also something that the kids can easily help with. Today I’m sharing some benefits of making your own pops as well as some tips to make things simple. You’ll also find 9 tasty recipes to get you started!
Homemade vs. Store Bought
Avoid Undesirable Ingredients- At their worst, grocery store freezer pops are full of artificial dyes, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, GMOs and all kinds of weird artificial ingredients. At their best, even the organic or “all natural” pops have added refined sugars and stabilizers.
When you make your own, you get to control what goes in and what stays out. All you really need is some yummy ripe fruit. You can also add spices, herbs, and a little honey or maple syrup if you need to sweeten them.
Price- While there are plenty of cheap freezer pops filling the freezer case, there are very few nutritious ones and they come with a pretty expensive price tag. If you’d like to indulge in them every day, buying is just not cost effective.
Environmentally Friendly- Commercial freezer pops create quite a bit of waste: the box, the individual packaging and the sticks. When you make your own you can use reusable molds and even reusable wooden sticks. No waste!
Healthier Options- Treats that are healthy??? Yep! Just like fresh juice and smoothies, freezer pops are full of nutritious ingredients. Since they aren’t pasteurized they still contain all of the benefits of eating the same fruits and veggies in their whole form. And yes, add in those veggies for a nutritional boost! Homemade pops can also be naturally high in fiber depending on the fruits and veggies you choose.
Tips for Making Tasty Pops
Make them sweet- Fruit is naturally variable in sweetness so test each batch before freezing and add more sweetener if needed. Honey, maple syrup, organic apple juice or pureed dates are all great ways to make your freezer pops sweeter. Frozen foods also taste a little less sweet than their fresh counterparts so make sure you take this into account.
Leave some room for expansion- Liquids expand as they freeze so leave room in your mold or container for expansion. Usually ¼ inch is plenty of room. This will keep you from having to clean up any gooey overflow in your freezer!
You don’t need freezer pop molds- If you don’t have popsicle molds, don’t let that stop you from making your own. An ice tray, paper cups or even baby food freezing trays will work! All you need are some popsicle sticks and plastic wrap or foil to keep the stick in place while they freeze.
Freezer Pop Recipes
The possibilities for making your own freezer pops are endless but if you need some inspiration, I’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find 9 recipes that are sure to cool you down this summer. I’m starting things off with a super summery treat that everyone will love- Strawberry Basil Lemonade Pops. Bonus: this recipe is delicious in liquid form too!
- Makes 3 cups, or 6-4oz freezer pops
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 ¾ cups water
- 4 large basil leaves
- 5-6 strawberries
- In a blender or flood processor puree strawberries.
- Add basil and run until basil is finely chopped.
- In a mason jar or similar container, combine lemon juice, honey and water and mix well.
- Fill each of your freezer pop molds ¾ full with lemonade.
- Top each mold with strawberry basil mixture.
- Using a butter knife or wooden skewer, mix strawberry puree into the lemonade until each pop is combined.
- Freeze and enjoy.
And check this recipes out for move frozen deliciousness!
Dairy Free Mango Pineapple Creamsicles- These taste frozen treats are dairy free and delicious!
Chocolate “Covered” Fruit Pops- Want a healthy chocolate fruit pop? Look no further!
Virgin Mojito Freezer Pops- These pops are super refreshing and would be great for your next party!
All Strawberry Fruit Pops- This simple recipe is a great one to start with for your first freezer pop batch.
Key Lime Pie Creamsicles- DF- If you’re looking for a creamy, dairy free pop that is super healthy, check these out!
Peaches and Cream Bars- It’s peach season and this is a great way to use them!
Banana Split Pops- These pops are super fun for the kiddos since they’re multi-colored!
Probiotic Smoothie Popsicles- A delicious way to get your probiotics!
So I said 9, but really you can freeze just about anything. Smoothies are especially delicious when frozen onto a stick! Try these out for some super health popsicles!
Do you make your own freezer pops?