Being a kid in summer meant chasing the golawala and enjoying the Indian pepsi cola! With the days getting hotter, the only thing that we can think of is a popsicle! They’re a healthy option, made from fruit, and fun too! They don’t have any added refined sugars or preservatives. There is no guilt in eating them at any time of the day!
To all the mothers out there, you can be sure they’re a lot healthier than most kids’ treats and are a healthy snack to enjoy after a day of fun in the sun!
Here’s a list of the best homemade popsicles with recipes to satiate your sweet tooth and keep you refreshed and cool the entire season! Before we look at some recipes here are some key steps to follow.
Steps To Prepare Homemade Popsicles
Step 1: Blend The Ingredients Well
When blending anything, it’s important to begin by adding the liquid ingredients. So in these popsicle recipes, start by adding yoghurt or fruit juice.
Step 2: Pour The Mixture Into The Mould
Once the mixture is homogeneous (uniform throughout), evenly distribute it in the wells of a popsicle mould.
If you don’t have a popsicle mould you can make your own mould using different materials you might already have at home – paper cups, popsicle sticks, and tin foil! Here’s how
- Place cups on a baking pan and pour the popsicle mixture into the cups.
- Place tin foil over each cup and use a sharp knife to cut a small slit in the middle of the tinfoil on top and slide a popsicle stick into each slit.
Step 3: Freeze!
Place the lids once the moulds are filled and stick on top and freeze for 8 hours, or overnight. The best thing to do would be to freeze them overnight the day before you would like to enjoy them so you don’t have to wait for them!
Step 4: Release From Moulds
To release the popsicles from the moulds dip them in a vessel filled with warm water for 30-60 seconds and pull them out. Then you can freeze them again or enjoy them right away. It’s really easy to do!
Let’s begin with some homemade fruit popsicles and ice cream popsicle recipes with the simple ingredients!
10 Must Try Popsicle Recipes To Satiate Your Kid’s Dessert Cravings
1. Watermelon Popsicles
Eating a huge slice of watermelon during the summers is pure nostalgia! Did you know Watermelon gets its name because it contains 92% water? It’s one of the most popular flavours during the summer season. It keeps you hydrated and can be made in various combinations.
- Cut the watermelon up into large chunks.
- Blend the fresh lime juice and watermelon chunks into a smooth puree. Add some mint leaves (optional).
- Pour the puree into popsicle moulds and freeze it for about 2-3 hours.
2. Mango Popsicles
Summers and mangoes go hand in hand. The whole family comes together to eat aam and everyone wants to help make aamras. Now imagine the unmatchable aamras in a popsicle form! Mangoes have a unique sweet taste so enjoy the flavour on its own. Mango popsicles taste the best when made with fresh mangoes.
- Place finely chopped mango cubes and water in a blender and puree until smooth
- Add some mango slices to popsicle moulds before filling it with mango puree
- Freeze it for about 2-3 hours. And they are ready to go!
Apart from these delicious deserts, the king of fruits works like a magic even on skin. Check out mango benefits for skin here.
3. Orange Popsicle
Oranges are considered to be one of the healthiest fruits in the world. It’s a little difficult to find which are the sweet ones for making your popsicles. So don’t miss out on any of these steps.
- Add orange juice and dahi in the blender. Blend until completely mixed.
- Add sugar, if desired. If your oranges are a little tart, you may want to add honey or sugar.
- Pour the orange mixture into your favourite popsicle moulds and freeze for 2 to 3 hours.
- Orange popsicle tastes super tangy if made without using dahi.
4. Kiwi Popsicle
When kiwi was introduced in the Indian market, people thought its outer texture resembled that of a furry animal! It was named as ‘fuzzy brown kiwi’ which is New Zealand’s national bird. And here’s the delicious kiwi popsicle recipe you’re looking for!
- Add kiwis and a little lime juice in a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Place 2 tablespoons of peas in each popsicle mould (optional).
- Usually, it takes about 4-6 hours to freeze.
5. Pea And Spinach Popsicle
How about a healthy, refreshingly cool popsicle? The ingredients in this recipe together make a powerhouse of iron. A perfect recipe for fitness enthusiasts!
- Add spinach, bananas and frozen peas into a blender and blitz until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie mixture into a popsicle mould, add a wooden stick and freeze for 6 hours or overnight until frozen solid.
- After removing them from the mould, dip them individually into greek yoghurt then sprinkle with chia seeds and lay them flat on a tray or plate.
- Freeze until the yoghurt hardens and makes a shell.
6. Chocolate Popsicle
Who doesn’t love chocolate? There is a variety of chocolate compounds/powders available in the market. It gives you an option of making the chocolate taste exactly the way you want it to!
- Add ripe bananas (frozen or fresh), 2 cups of milk. You can use any nut milk like almond, cashew, rice, coconut.
- Then add unsweetened cocoa, chia seeds/nut or seed butter/collagen powder in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Add more milk if needed.
- Pour mixture into the moulds and freeze 3-4 hours
- The Chocolate Popsicle can be customised as per personal taste like chocolate+mint/orange/nuts.
7. Super Kale Popsicles
Though it is a relatively new superfood, kale is gaining popularity. It is rich in nutrients and can make a great addition to a berry popsicle.
- Blend orange juice and kale together well. Add berries and bananas, blend until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle mould and freeze for 2-3 hours.
8. Vanilla Popsicles
A creamy vanilla popsicle in the summer is a dream come true. You can use this as a base for creamy popsicles and then create combinations!
- Whisk cream, milk, sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Make a lengthwise slit to the vanilla bean and first scrape the seeds in the pan and then add the whole vanilla bean.
- Bring to a boil. Then cook for another 3-5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Let the mixture cool down and remove the pod. Stir in the vanilla and butter until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a popsicle mould and add popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm, preferably overnight.
9. Strawberry And Peach Popsicle
This is one of the most popular combinations of fruits. It’s an easy way to make your kids eat fruits and stay hydrated.
- Add sliced ripe peaches, strawberries, greek yoghurt (or dahi), and honey in a blender and blend until well combined. The texture should be like yoghurt, not like ice cream. If it’s too thick then add a little water or milk.
- Divide equally between all the popsicle moulds and freeze about 4 hours before serving, preferably overnight.
10. Grape Popsicles
This is one of the easiest popsicles you can make! they don’t taste that sweet or too tangy but are definitely super juicy.
- Take a bowlful of grapes. Wash them clean and blend them. Make sure you blend them well until they are smooth.
- Pour them in the moulds and freeze it for a couple of hours.
If your popsicles don’t get eaten right away you can store the homemade ice cream popsicle last for a month. And fruit popsicles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months! Now that you know the many ways to make them, no matter which recipe you opt for, you only need a few simple ingredients and a popsicle mould to whip up your own creations. You could even add some alcohol to your fruity popsicles for the perfect adult boozy treat!