For the next few weeks, I will be honoring summer and sharing recipe ideas to save you time throwing together a meal so you can be doing other things and staying nice and cool! With the hot summer days, most of us don’t want to be stuck in a hot kitchen and don’t even feel like eating a warm meal. I may throw in some fun things to do too! That is why I am calling this little series:

Cool Eats Cold Drinks

 


 

These 3 fruity popsicle recipes are made from real fruit and were inspired by my two sweet little grandchildren but these pops are fun for grown ups too! They are easy and fun to make also. And the best thing with popsicles is that they are there when you need them!

Making popsicles has become much more sophisticated and more fun than when I was a kid. My mom made the best popsicles with cherry K’ade and an old fashioned metal ice cube tray. To eat them, I had to wrap the popsicles up in a napkin to keep my hands from freezing and to soak up the melted popsicle away from off my fingers. When my son was little, I made a lame attempt to make him homemade popsicles but found it cumbersome and time consuming but will all the fun molds and fun recipe combinations, I have been inspired to give them a try again.  I hope that you like them too! They are kid tested and grandmother approved! Since these are made with very little added sweetener and mostly fresh, local produce they are healthy option for almost everyone!

First, you will need a popsicle mold. If you don’t already have one, here is one that you might like

BPA Free Popsicle Mold

Peach Melba Popsicles

Makes 6 popsicles

I love the pairing of raspberries and peaches. I am sure that they come in season at the same time because they were made for each other! These popsicles are almost 100% fresh fruit with just a little local honey added to them.

1 medium peach, pitted and chopped

6 ounces  raspberries

1 tablespoon honey

Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree. Add filling to the popsicle molds and put in the freezer. When ready to serve run over hot water and carefully take the cover off the popsicle, being careful to not pull off the handle.

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This is how the fruit puree will look before you put them in the popsicle molds.

Cherry Coconut Popsicles

Makes 6 popsicles

Use the cherries that grow local where you live and organic if possible. If you are using sweet cherries, you do not even need sweetener. If you are using tart cherries, use a little local honey or maple syrup to taste. The coconut milk yogurt gives a creamy, flavorful addition to the cherries and keeps this recipe dairy free!

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2 cups fresh cherries, sliced in half and pitted (as I mentioned use the cherries that you have available and adjust sweetener to taste)

1/2 cup coconut milk yogurt (use regular yogurt or another dairy free option is this is unavailable

Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree. Add filling to the popsicle molds and put in the freezer. When ready to serve run over hot water and carefully take the cover off the popsicle, being careful to not pull off the handle.

 

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Here is the coconut milk yogurt that I used!

Blueberry Cream Popsicles

The nature of blueberries makes them a little gritty for popsicles, you can either slightly cook them to soften them and cool or you could even put blueberries through a sieve/strainer to allow most of their skin and seeds to stay behind. These make the blueberry popsicles much smoother. Because the berries will cook down and you will lose a little in the sieve add an additional 1/4 cup extra berries to be sure. For those of you like me, who do not mind a little grit and want “all of the blueberry”, Just puree add the yogurt and freeze!

Makes 6 servings.

1 pint blueberries

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1-2 tablespoon local honey

Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree. Add filling to the popsicle molds and put in the freezer. When ready to serve run over hot water and carefully take the cover off the popsicle, being careful to not pull off the handle.

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I hope that you enjoy these healthy, flavorful little popsicles. They are a cool, low calorie little dessert or snack that it ready when you are! These little treats work well for people following a weight loss meal plan, a diabetic meal plan, a high blood pressure diet plan and most other specialized menu plans. Check in with the blog soon to see what I will be fixing next time and please share my recipes with your friends on social media! You can also feel free to leave me a comment too! Thanks for stopping by!

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