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3 Delicious DIY popsicles - not just for kids!

By Medisys on June 22 2020 | Nutrition & Recipes

There are few things more nostalgic than a sticky, drippy, brightly-coloured popsicle on a hot summer day. Whether they came from the box or the corner store, the icy childhood treats most of us grew up with were loaded with sugar and artificial colours.

This summer, let’s bring back popsicles made from simple, nutritious ingredients you may already have at home!

We’ve got three recipes below that are sure to wow kids and grownups alike. Before you get started, here are our tips for making great DIY popsicles:

  1. You will need popsicle sticks, sturdy straws or kebab skewers.
  2. A popsicle mould (any variety will do!) makes the process easier, but it’s not essential. An ice cube tray, clean recycled yogurt containers or even a muffin tin will work. If you have trouble getting your sticks to stand up straight, secure a piece of foil over the top of your mould before poking them through.
  3. The mixture will expand as it freezes, so always leave a little space at the top when filling your moulds.
  4. For best results, crank up your freezer and let your popsicles freeze for at least four hours.
  5. Run your popsicle mould under warm water for 10 seconds to help your treats slide out easily before eating.

 

1. Vegan chocolate fudgesicles

Ingredients

• 1 can of full fat coconut milk
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, or mix well in a bowl.
2. Pour into moulds, freeze and enjoy!

Adapted from sweetpeachef.com

 

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2. Sneaky green popsicles

Ingredients
• 1 cup fresh spinach
• 1 1/2 cups orange juice
• 1/4 cup honey
• 2 very ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blenduntil smooth.
2. Pour into moulds, freeze and enjoy!

Adapted from liveeatlearn.com

 

3. Fancy peaches & cream à popsicles

Ingredients

• 3 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced into wedges
• 6 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, divided
• Pinch of sea salt
• 2 cups plain yogurt (Greek or regular, ideally not fat-free)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Toss peaches with 2 tablespoons of honey and pinch of salt, then roast on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 - 30 minutes, until soft and juicy.
2. While peaches are roasting, blend yogurt, the rest of the honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a blender or mix well in a bowl.
3. Let the peaches cool, then fold them and all of their juices into the yogurt mixture.
4. Spoon into moulds, freeze and enjoy!

Adapted from CookieandKate.com

 

Pro tip: Most smoothie recipes also make delicious popsicles! If you’re already a smoothie drinker, try pouring any leftovers at the bottom of the blender into a popsicle mould.

 

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