The days are getting hotter and the sun is staying out longer, which means summer is right around the corner! On those extremely hot and humid days, we’re always reaching for summer treats that’ll cool us down. Fruit salad, veggie platters, berries. If it’s cold, we’ll eat it! On the hottest days, one of our favorite treats to enjoy is homemade popsicles. They’re quick and easy to make, absolutely delicious, and much healthier than store-bought options.
A Refreshing Summer Treat
These homemade popsicles are our family’s absolute favorite. Made with four ingredients, they’re refreshing and perfect for an afternoon snack/dessert or stocked in the freezer for upcoming hot summer days.
What Kind of Fruit Can I Use in My Popsicles?
The great thing about this popsicle recipe is that you can truly use any type of fruit that you have on hand or enjoy the most. For this recipe, I use strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but you can also use peaches, blackberries, lemons, bananas, coconut, or even grapefruit.
Why Are These Better Than Store-Bought Popsicles?
While the convenience of store-bought popsicles can be alluring, homemade popsicles are so much better. Made with real fruit and with a recipe that can easily be adjusted to fit your personal popsicle preferences, homemade popsicles are way more delicious and without the extra added sugar, are much healthier.
Who can say no to that?
4 Ingredient Summer Popsicle Recipe
Ready to start making your own summer popsicles? Here’s everything you need and how to make them.
Fruit – As I mentioned, I make our summer popsicles with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These are the fruits the boys love and we always have them in our house. Other fruits to consider are blackberries, peaches, coconut, lemons, bananas, mangoes, and grapefruit.
Lemon Juice – The lemon juice cuts down the sweetness/tartness of the berries. If you don’t like lemon juice or want to switch up the flavors, you can also use lime juice.
Coconut Water – I love a creamy popsicle as much as the next person, but when I make popsicles at home, I always crave something a little more refreshing and the coconut water helps with that. If you want a creamier popsicle, use yogurt instead! You can also make this recipe with water.
Honey – The honey adds a sweetness to the popsicles and thickens up the ingredients. If you don’t have honey on hand, you can also use vanilla or maple syrup.
What You’ll Need
- 2.5 cups of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
- 3.5 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 3/4 cup of coconut water
- 5 teaspoons honey
- In a blender, add your berries, lemon juice, coconut water, and honey. Blend until smooth! If the mixture seems too thick, you can add additional coconut water to thin it out.
- Evenly divide the mixture between 4 to 8 popsicle molds. Insert the popsicle sticks and place in the freezer for 8 hours, or until firm.
- Keep popsicles in the freezer until ready to eat and enjoy!
Tip: To remove popsicles from the molds, run the mold under hot water for 10 seconds to quickly release from popsicle mold.
Do I Need a Popsicle Mold?
I personally love to make homemade popsicles in a popsicle mold because they are easy to store and are reusable. These ones are my favorite! With that being said, popsicle molds are absolutely not necessary. In the past, I’ve also used Dixie cups and popsicle sticks to make popsicles. They’re a little bit easier than a mold because you don’t have to worry about the popsicle getting stuck, you can just rip away the Dixie cup. With that being said though, the popsicle molds do make things less messy, especially with kids. These are the molds we use with the boys!
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