Homemade Popsicles Recipes

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 Homemade Popsicles - The Basics

First off, let me give you a pat on the back for extending the time and effort it takes to make your own posicles. It's really pretty easy to do, but the impacts are great. By making your own your providing food with fresh and healthy ingredients in their treats, free of harmful preservatives, dyes, and excessive sugars. Not to mention, you pops won't be full of high fructose corn syrup (in turn avoiding GMO's as well). I totally encourage using ingredients that are organic, fresh, and/or acquired from local sources - farmer's markets and local gardens/farms.

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.



Homemade Popsicle Recipes

No-drip Yogurt Popsicles

A favorite recipe of mine! You could sub the juice and unflavored gelatin for an organic and naturally flavored/dyed gelatin with just plain boiled water. I also like to use organic kefir from time to time with this recipe to make for an awesome probiotic treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural or organic fruit juice
  • 1 3oz package natural unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana

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.



Fruity Puree Popsicles

What's In It?
  • Watermelon
  • diced fruit (peaces, cantaloupe, grapes)

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.



Homemade Pudding Pops

Mmmmmm yummy. A favorite from my past. I just loved pudding pops as a kid. The last time I looked I couldn't even find them in the store these days. But I wouldn't actually buy them anyway - I make my own!

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.

The Recipe:

  • 1 16oz package of pudding (or 2 cups homemade)
    3 cups of milk

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.



Purple Cow Popsicles

Such a fun, creamy, tasty popsicle. You'll need to use concord (purple) grape juice for these to turn out purple. A great sub would be to use blueberry juice, or even cherry. The result would be different colored (pink cow popsicles anyone?) but still super fun and yummy.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup grape juice
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (organic sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

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.









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