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Happy July everyone! If your weather is anything like mine, it's wayyy too hot outside to not be eating popsicles of some sort, but at the same time I don't like to fill my kids with sugar and corn syrup everyday! I am loving that my sister recommended these silicone ice pop maker molds. They are perfect for lots of different things: homemade popsicles, Gogurts, or even just for holding small snacks and crackers.

I have been using them with 100% juice lately and my kids love them. I just pour the apple juice in, and a few hours later they are ready to go! I was super excited when I saw that Otter Pops were doing 100% juice pops last summer, until I noticed they were tricky with their wording, and in small print it also says “with added in ingredients,” meaning it isn't 100% juice, they have added sugar! Tricky, tricky.

Anyway, so now I make my own! And if you'd rather do something other than juice, I've provided some recipes from FoodWorks below:

Make your own "otter pops" this summer with 100% juice and use these awesome reusable ice pop molds! Also, 6 awesome homemade popsicle recipes!

Homemade Popsicle Recipes

#1 Peaches and Cream Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

3 ripe peaches (about 1 pound), chopped

3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt (5 ounces)

1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons Amaretto

Directions:

Purée all ingredients with 1/8 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth. Pour into molds. Freeze until firm.

 TONS of homemade popsicle recipes: orange-vanilla, mango-pineapple, blackberries & cream, peaches & cream, strawberry lemonade and blueberry!

#2 Blueberry Fruit Ice Pops

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 pinch salt

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the ice pop molds. Freeze until firm.

 

#3 Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate

3 cups cold water

Directions:

In a large pitcher, stir together the lemonade concentrate and water. Place strawberries into a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour in some of the lemonade if necessary to facilitate blending. Stir strawberry puree into the lemonade. Pour into molds, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

 

#4 Super Berry Smoothie: Dairy-Free

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla soy milk

½ cup apple juice

1 cup blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries

1 ripe banana

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the ice pop molds. Freeze until firm.

 

#5 Honeydew Lime Pops

Ingredients:

1/4 cup superfine or regular granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1 (3 1/2-lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4 cups)

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

Directions:

Dissolve sugar in water by stirring if using superfine or by heating in a small heavy saucepan if using regular granulated (then cool).

Blend half of melon and half of lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add syrup and remaining melon and lime juice and purée until smooth. Force purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart glass measure or bowl, pressing on solids and then discarding them.

Pour mixture into molds and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

 

#6 Orange-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

2 cups of plain yogurt

1 1/2 cups orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Directions:

Put yogurt in mixing bowl. Pour orange juice and vanilla on top of yogurt. Stir until well mixed. Pour mixture into the ice pop molds, leaving about a half inch space at the top. Place in the freezer and let the pops freeze until hard. Enjoy.

 

#7 Mango-Pineapple Smoothie Pop

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen mango, peeled, cubed, and frozen

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup cranberry-pomegranate-cherry juice

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour mixture into the ice pop molds, leaving about a half inch space at the top. Place in the freezer and let the pops freeze until hard. Enjoy.

 

#8 Fresh Blackberries & Cream Ice Pops

Ingredients:

8 ounces fresh blackberries

2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt, softened

2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions:

Place the blackberries into a blender or food processor. Cover and puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the blackberry puree through a fine sieve placed over a large bowl to strain out the seeds. Then add the softened frozen yogurt and sugar to the strained blackberry puree and mix well. Pour into ice pop molds, and freeze.

 

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