Popsicles – A Crafty Treat

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Frozen Fruit on a Stick – Summerlicious!

Homemade popsicles. They’re easy to make, they stir up the kids’ creative juices and the finished product tastes great! Has anyone else seen those amazing popsicle photos and recipes on Pinterest? I don’t know about you, but Pinterest can make me feel pretty lame as a mom. All those crafty, do-it-yourself projects and recipes. I mean seriously – who has the time? I’m a creative person, but it seems with each child I’ve been blessed with, I’ve also been drained of energy, time and often motivation. But here’s the great news! Making popsicles with your kids is easy. It takes very little time, besides waiting on the freezer to do its job. And it’s a great outlet for the kids to be creative with food. The best part for me is I can check off that mental box is my mind. The box which says I did a craft project with my kids and therefore I’m a good mom. It may sound silly, but in the job of motherhood where it’s easy to question whether we’re doing a good job, it’s nice to see the finished product — a huge smile on my kid’s face when they eat their frozen masterpiece.

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Lemonade with Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

Step #1 – Pick Your Popsicle Molds

As with many things, there are tons of popsicle mold options. I recently went to my favorite store, Amazon.com, and purchased the Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker, which makes 10 ice pops and the Norpro 4-Piece Silicone Popsicle Maker, which makes squeezable treats.

Step #2 – Pick Your Ingredients

The sky is the limit when it comes to popsicle ingredients. It’s as simple as pouring a favorite juice into a popsicle mold, or as complex as combining several ingredients, mixing them in your blender and making your own popsicle flavors. Here are the variations we tried:

  • Lemonade with fresh strawberries, blueberries and grapes
  • Mango Peach Coconut Water with fresh blueberries, strawberries and grapes
  • Sprite and Gummy Bears
  • Coca-Cola
  • Fresh watermelon juice with blueberries and strawberries
  • A two-layered popsicle with raspberry puree and fresh cherries and orange juice with pineapple pieces
  • Fudgsicles with avocado, coconut milk, cacao powder and maple syrup
Sky is the limit on popsicle ingredients

The sky is the limit on popsicle ingredients: fresh watermelon juice, lemonade, orange juice, coconut water, sodas, fresh fruits and even gummy bears!

Step #3 – Mix Ingredients, Pour Into Molds, Freeze & Enjoy!

Add your fruit pieces first and finish off with your liquid. If you do try the Gummy Bear and Sprite popsicle or any soda for that matter, put the gummy bears in first and leave room at the top for the carbonation to expand.  Otherwise the mold will overflow. Once frozen, run hot water over the molds to easily release the popsicle treats.

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My son helps cut the cherries for the girls’ raspberry and cherry puree.

My daughters mash up their cherries and raspberries to create a puree for their popsicles.

My daughters mash up their cherries and raspberries to create a puree for their popsicles.

Gummy Bears & Sprite

Gummy Bears & Sprite

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Breakfast Popsicles! Lemonade, orange juice and fresh pineapple chunks or watermelon juice, fresh cherries and raspberry puree.

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The Fudgesicle

I found this recipe on the blog House In The Hills and modified it for a low fat version.  

1 ripe avocado

 1/2 cup organic coconut milk (can)

1 cup organic coconut milk (carton)

5 Tablespoons unsweetened organic cacao powder    

6 Tablespoons organic maple syrup (add to taste)

     

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