My toddler loves popsicles - his mama however is not a fan of all the nasty things the food industry makes popsicles out of (artificial colors, artificial flavors, one time use plastic, etc) or the price of the more natural ones. We we decided to make our own! I honestly think homemade popsicles are one of the easiest things to start making at home; there are so many options and you don't have to have recipes to make them - just throw together anything you have available. The following are some of the things that we have tried. I just did everything to taste, I figured popsicles didn't need to be an exact science.
Homemade Popsicle Ideas:
Yogurt and Pureed Fruit - This is one of my favorites because freezing does not kill the healthy probiotics in yogurt and this is a healthy snack that I can get my toddler to eat (if any of you know him, you'll understand that he needs all the calories he can get! He is super active and his metabolism burns off everything I can get in him). So far we've tried homemade yogurt mixed with blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and raspberries. The fruit thins out the yogurt and makes it pourable. I don't measure anything, I just pour the yogurt into the blender, add a few handfuls of fruit (peel and remove the seed(s)/pit from the fruit if needed) and blend. Taste, if you want a stronger flavor add more fruit.
Yogurt mixed with frozen juice concentrate - I found this idea on pinterest. I like using real fruit better as I think it is a healthier option than frozen juice concentrate but I really wanted to make my toddler some healthy grape flavored popcicles. I again, just did everything by taste and just blended up some homemade yogurt and some frozen juice concentrate. We used 100% juice Welch's White Grape Juice so it wouldn't stain. I'm sure this would taste great with any flavor of juice concentrate.
Coconut Cream Popsicles - For this I used canned coconut cream from Trader Joe's and strawberries. I used about 3.5 cups of fresh strawberries to one can of coconut cream. You could also use coconut milk if you prefer, but I only had coconut cream. Puree in the blender and pour into popsicle molds. You could also add some dried coconut if you want some texture.
Fruit Juice - This is probably the easiest homemade popsicle to make. All I did was pour fruit juice into the popsicle molds and freeze. I usually use our homemade apple juice but we also bought some white grape juice and some cranberry juice special to make ice pops.
Pureed Fruit - I used pureed plums but you could use just about any fruit. If you are using a fruit that browns easily add some lemon juice before you blend to help your fruit stay its original color. If you want a thinner consistency add some juice before freezing.
Chocolate Banana Popsicles - Puree a few ripe or over ripe bananas with some chocolate syrup.
Cookies and Cream - This is definitely not the healthiest popsicle but it was fun to make (and eat). Crush chocolate cookies and mix with whipped cream (we used homemade cream made into whipping cream). You could also just mix the cookies with cream but then the cookies wouldn't be suspended in the liquid and would all fall to the bottom.
Kombucha Popsicles - Pour regular or flavored Kombucha into the popsicle molds and freeze. Yum!
Green Smoothie/Juice Popsicles - made a green smoothie or green juice, pour into molds, and freeze. My favorite green juices are ones with lots of pineapple mixed in; I think the pineapple helps mask the flavor of all the green veggies. I usually use spinach, carrot tops, a little bit of kale, pineapple, and an apple in my green smoothies but you can use whatever fruits/veggies are in the fridge. I also prefer green juice over green smoothie because they have a thinner consistence and are easier to drink.
There are tons of recipes on pinterest if you need some more ideas.
I have two popsicle molds that I use Zoku Classic Pop Molds and Sunsella Mighty Pops Silicone Ice Pop Molds.
I purchased the Zoku Classic Pops mold about 4 months ago and I think it is awesome. It stands up so it is easy to fill and freeze. The molds are removable from the stand, it is BPA and phalate free (I don't like using plastic but I feel better knowing that the molds will not hold hot liquids) and each individual popsicle has a drip guard. It is just easy to use overall especially for my toddler.
The Sunsella Mighty Pops Silicone Ice Pop Molds I received from Tomoson.com to review. My toddler loves that they are bright colored and I like that they are BPA free. However they are a lot bigger around than I expected. I expected them to be close to the same size as the ice pops from the store (the ones that are in plastic and you cut one end off and squeeze the popsicle out). These are about 1.5 inches across and almost 7 inches long. They are too big around for me to put in my mouth let alone for my toddler to put in his mouth and whenever he tries to eat a popsicle made in the Sunsella Mighty Pops mold we end up with a halfway melted popsicle that usually gets squeezed out and falls on the floor (or counter, or couch, or where ever he is sitting). They are also hard to fill; they don't come with a stand (it is sold separately) so you have to hold them to fill them up, which isn't a big deal. But it is a big deal when I try to put them in the freezer as it is nearly impossible for me to find a place for them to stand upright since they are not flat on the bottom. I love the idea of the Sunsella Mighty Pop Molds but I don't think they are the best choice for small children (as popsicle molds).
However I do love using our Sunsella Mighy Pops to store snacks in while on the go. The lid pops on and off and they are big enough to fill with dry snacks such as small pieces of dried fruit, cereal, freeze dried yogurt bites, etc. They fit well in our lunch box and can be tucked easily inside my purse or diaper bag.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.