Super-Healthy Homemade Popsicles For Picky Eaters

Last summer, when my toddler, then three, was eating so many popsicles his poop turned bright green, I quickly realized I needed to take control of the situation. Not to mention, the sugar overload from the store bought popsicles were making him a crazy person. I grabbed the box of popsicles and read the ingredients. Not one ingredient included fruit of any kind. The again, what did I expect, I was buying what was on sale.  Sometimes, like two-bucks a box!

Hello, RED FLAG!

After reading the ingredients and finding there was NOTHING healthy in the cheap-o popsicles, I went to the store to find "healthy" popsicles.

It turns out, they don't exist. Every single brand of popsicle started with sugar. Most, had at least one or two fillers/preservatives that I had no interest pumping into my kid. 

Knowing that cutting out popsicles was going to be impossible, I turned to the Internet and Googled, "Homemade Popsicles." I was blown away by how many recipes for healthy homemade popsicles were available. From two ingredient popsicles, to boozy "pop-tails", to chocolate covered goodness.

It took less than five minutes to realize, not only was I going to start making my own popsicles, I was going to save a ton of money!

For those of you just entering into the world of homemade popsicles, do I have good news for you, most allt kid-friendly popsicles are made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen! If you have yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit and juice you have AWESOME popsicles waiting to be made.

Probably one of my favorite things about making my own popsicles is being able to clean out my refrigerator. I open my produce drawer and start grabbing the things that need to be used; spinach, kale, apples, oranges, strawberries, bananas... 

Now that you have the ingredients, next is the molds. So where to get them? Paper cups and popsicles sicks work well...

However, if you want real molds, good news, you can find them anywhere! Your local grocery, drugstore, kid's store or boutique, and kitchen stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and William-Sonoma.  I got one of our molds on super clearance from Pottery Barn Kids.

They come in every shape and size too!

Pretty much, the next store you walk into, look for popsicle molds. And if you don't find them, opt for small Dixie cups and craft popsicle sticks.

I will say, moms swear by the silicone popsicle tubes. In fact, I've heard so many great things about them being mess free, I just ordered a pack of 6 from Amazon, since I couldn't find them in any of m y local shops.

You can buy the one's shown above here: Silicone Popsicle Molds - Set of 6 Reusable Molds with Attached Lids - 50 Recipes E book

OK, now that the molds are covered, it's time to move on to the super-duper easy part, making the popsicles!

It's a four step process; Blend. Pour. Freeze. Eat

Seriously, it's SO easy! Throw the ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze. No Blender? Mash and mix the crap out of what every your using. Pour mixture into molds, freeze and eat! It's REALLY that simple.
VoilĂ You're a popsicle pro.

My personal favorite go-to popsicle flavors, using ingredients (always) in my kitchen are:

  • Frozen tropical fruit and coconut water-I ALWAYS have both, so it's my go-to
  • Strawberry and Cantaloupe- so easy and so good.
  • Orange juice and yogurt; Think Dreamsicle.  SO YUM!
  • Coconut cream or coconut water and mango is mind blowing good.
  • Peanut butter, bananas and yogurt-Ollie Fave
  • Sweet tea and peaches-My fave!
  • Speaking of tea- a boozy favorite is Long Island Ice Tea pop-tails
  • Bananas and Nutella-So wrong, it's so right 
  • Root Beer and low-fat vanilla ice cream--Root Beer Float goodness!
  • Snickers and ice-cream make an awesome summer backyard party dessert! (make heaps with Dixie cups)
Tip: To make those fancy layers, pour one or two layers in at a time then freeze. Repeat. 

To see step-by-step recipes for each of my favorites and recipes, and for quite a few more, including boozy Pop-tails; Check out my Homemade Popsicle Heaven Pinterest Board, Here!

What's your favorite homemade popsicle?