I scream, you scream, we all scream for … popsicles? Move over ice cream – there’s a tasty frozen treat in town that’s making a big comeback.
But instead of reaching for the sugar-packed varieties in the freezer section of your supermarket, make healthy homemade ice pops in your kitchen. The flavor possibilities are endless, and they make a fresh substitute for calorie-dense snacks and heavy desserts.
Here are four healthy and delicious popsicle recipes to get you started. These chilly treats will cool you off all summer – without weighing you down.
- Pina colada popsicles
Get away to the tropics with these refreshing, non-alcoholic popsicles. In a blender, combine 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup pineapple chunks and 3/4 cup coconut cream. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze. Enjoy a pina colada popsicle any time you need to unwind – sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt are optional!
Cool off with some homemade popsicles this summer.
- Chocolate fudge pops
Believe it or not, you can enjoy decadent and rich chocolate fudge pops guilt-free with this recipe from Baker By Nature. In a small saucepan, melt 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once fully melted, mix in 1 cup of chocolate almond milk and bring to a simmer while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 1/2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt. Arrange a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour in the chocolate mixture. Pour the strained liquid into popsicle molds and freeze for 1 hour. After 1 hour, ad the popsicle sticks and then freeze until hard.
- Raspberry almond milk popsicles
Creamy and refreshing, these healthy popsicles are another great treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. Blend together 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, 1/2 cup raspberry concentrate and 1 cup almond milk. Pour into popsicle molds, adds sticks and freeze until hard. Try experimenting with other fruit and milk combos too, like coconut milk and mango, or peaches and almond milk.
- Iced tea popsicles
Iced tea is a go-to summer beverage for cooling off, and incorporating it into popsicles ups the refreshment level even higher. Try this recipe from My Fussy Eater. First, gather a selection of mango, strawberry, orange, peppermint and lemon tea bags. Put each tea bag in its own mug and add boiling water to steep. If you want your popsicles to be extra sweet, add a little honey. Then remove the tea bags and pour the tea into popsicle molds. Add the sticks and freeze until hard.