Healthy Homemade Popsicle Recipes with Fresh Fruit

A Healthier Michigan

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Summertime has begun here in Michigan, and everyone is looking for ways to beat the heat.
The freezer aisle of your favorite grocery stores is filled with different flavored popsicles sure to make you cool off a bit. However, in those freezers full of popsicles there are a lot of added sugars, colors, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Though most boxes are marked with a stamp that says, “made with real fruit,” these are not the healthiest options for you. 
Here at Blue Cross, we are embracing the Michigan seasonal fruits and seeking healthy ways to get creative and make popsicles at home. There are many flavor combinations to choose from. Using berries like strawberries or blueberries makes a fun pink or purple popsicle accompanied by a fresh taste. There is also the combination of watermelon and mint, a refreshing treat with the kick of mint that you can grow in your backyard with an herb planter.
Another homemade option is a fresh fruit popsicle with Greek yogurt so you can get the nutrients from the yogurt while enjoying a tasty treat. In our recipe, we are using blueberries because blueberry season is coming, but feel free to use whatever fruit you love.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles - 6 servings

Ingredients:
  • A pint of blueberries, washed
  • A cup of your favorite Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (if using unsweetened yogurt)
Supplies:
  • blender
  • storebought popsicle mold
  • popsicle sticks

Step 1: combine ingredients

Add your ingredients to a blender

Step 2: blend

Blend until combined

Step 3: pour into mold

Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold until filled to the top, add popsicle sticks in if mold did not already come with popsicle sticks

Step 4: freeze

Place popsicles in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or overnight. Time may vary depending on thickness of yogurt or selected fruit.

Step 5: remove and enjoy

Remove popsicles from the mold by running the mold under warm water to loosen the popsicles from the molds

Dairy Free Coconut Cream Strawberry Popsicles - 6 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups of strawberries
  • 0.5 a can of full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons of honey
Supplies:
  • blender
  • storebought popsicle mold
  • popsicle sticks

Step 1: combine ingredients

Put ingredients in blender and blend until combined

Step 2: pour into molds

Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold until filled to the top, add popsicle sticks in if mold did not already come with popsicle sticks

Step 3: freeze

Place popsicles in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or overnight. Time may vary depending on thickness.

Step 4: remove and enjoy

Remove popsicles from the mold by running the mold under warm water to loosen the popsicles from the molds and enjoy!

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