Homemade popsicles–what kid doesn’t love them? I know mine do. But, honestly, I have been guilty of lacking the creative motivation to push my popsicle making skills past the “Hey, let’s freeze up some organic apple juice!” stage.
Then I came across the book Ice Pop Joy and the awesome recipes motivated us to explore some unusual ingredients.
I found that popsicles are amazing tools to get all kinds of good stuff into the little ones, and could even be used as an on the run breakfast/snack food when needed. Plus, the kids love to help create new recipes.
Here are eight ingredients we were surprised we loved frozen. Try them out, and don't forget to use safe popsicle molds as conventional plastic molds can contain unwanted toxins.
Healthy Ideas for Homemade Popsicles
Cook the beans and blend them up with cream (or coconut milk) and crushed fruit–pineapple works great! Freeze and enjoy!
This one is super simple. Mix up some mashed avocado with a bit of water to make it smooth and add your favorite sweetener (if you like). We love honey.
Everyone knows that yogurt is great frozen but kefir has the perfect consistency for pops. Freeze it in whatever flavor you like to drink it.
Assuming you have no peanut or nut allergies, you can mix nut butter with cream or coconut milk and freeze it for a super yummy and healthy treat. Also try adding something crunchy like granola, or something sweet like mashed berries or banana, to give it more flavor. If you’re looking for a dessert add some cocoa and a healthy sweetener!
Yep, you heard that right. Kale smoothies are a favorite at our house and they’re great frozen. Just take some organic kale (nonorganic is on the dirty dozen list), some blended fruit (mango and apple work great), and freeze it up.
Cucumber has a super fresh taste and when it’s frozen it is very refreshing. Add some blended cucumber to water and freeze. For more flavor you can add a little lemon, lime and honey.
Peas or Corn
This sounds strange but is actually a lot of fun! Just water pops are a popular thing in our house since it keeps the kids hydrated without any hassle.
We took it one step further and let the kids mix peas, corn or another fave vegetable with the water before freezing. They love how it looks and they get a healthy treat as they lick.
Safe Popsicle Molds
Own these and love them! They have such a fun shape and it's super easy to get the pops out of them!
What could be safer than stainless steel? Also check out the flat bottom variety from Life Without Plastic--I have a set of them and they are really great.
These remind me of the fun freezy pops we had as kids---sans the artificial colors. Simple and delightful.
Have you tried any of these ingredients before? Have your own unusual popsicle ideas and recipes to add? We would love to hear them!