Homemade popsicles make for a fantastic tasty and frosty treat, can provide a great healthy and natural snack for toddlers, and provide relief to a teething baby. In a nutshell making your own popsicles is awesome and your kiddos will love you for it!Use the recipes below to make your own ice pops. Some include ingredients like chunks of fruit. If your baby is not accustomed to chewing yet you may want to puree the fruit first. Or you could just make your popsicles in an ice cube tray and pop the cubes into a mesh feeder like the one featured at the bottom of the natural baby teething remedies page.
Making popsicles can be as easy as freezing your little one's favorite juice. Once you decide on a recipe to create your pops you also need to decide on the equipment you will be using. What will you freeze your pops in?
If your making popsicles to use as a means to sooth a teething baby, why not just use an ice tray? Pop those fruity treats out if the tray and pop the cube into a mesh feeder!
But if you want to create traditional looking popsicles you will need a popsicle tray.
The exciting news is (yup I actually get excited about stuff like this) that there are all kinds of cool ones available that come in different colors, and even shapes! Yes, shapes!! Like one of the trays I own, the pops are shaped like rocket ships. And they are BPA free to boot!
I keep a few different trays around and rotate them in and out of the fridge as popsicles are a staple for my kids. An ultimate fave. If your house is anything like mine, then that is just one more reason to make your own. They eat so many popsicles! If I didn't make them myself that would be a serious amount of processed sugar, dyes, preservatives, and GMO's.
Start by heating the fruit juice until it is just boiling. Remove from heat and pour the hot juice and gelatin in a blender. Pulse until the gelatin is dissolved. Blend in the banana and yogurt until it is smooth. Pour into your intended containers and freeze until hard.
Puree watermelon until smooth and pour into containers. drop in pieces of fruit. Freeze until hard.
You can also puree the entire mixture and mix with yogurt for a more infant friendly homemade posicle.
Really this recipe is just pudding and milk. You could easily find your own recipe for homemade pudding and then thin it out with extra milk. I use organic or grass fed milk and natural brands of pudding (or make my own if I'm feeling ambitious). My favorite brand of remade pudding right now is Echo Farms Pudding.
This recipe makes 8-10 homemade popsicles.
Combine pudding and milk in a blender or food processor. Blend well. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
To make a more interesting, tasty treat try layering different flavors, or add fruit chunks to vanilla pudding. Raspberries would be delectable in either recipe! You could even add a puree to the mix for a fruity healthy pudding treat.
If your using granulated sugar: Mix all the ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
For liquid sweeteners: You can sub the sugar for maple syrup, agave syrup, liquid stevia, or honey for older babies and toddlers. If you're choosing a liquid sweetener you can simply mix all of your ingredients in a pitcher or bowl and pour the mixture into your chosen molds.