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Home How-To’s: Popsicles!

August 2, 2013. Home How-To's

Kim

Posted by Kim

While we’ve still got the last lazy days of the summer left to us, why not cool down with some healthy home-make popsicles? If you’ve got a freezer, blender, and the ability to peel and chop fruit, you officially have all the tools you need. With so much fruit currently in season, I stocked up at the grocery store, and got my freeze on!

None of these recipes really have any specific instructions because they’re all the same:
1. Blend
2. Pour into your mould
3. Freeze for 6-8 hours. Ta da!

Some handy tips: the toughest part is actually pulling your complete popsicles out – you should run your mould under hot water for a few seconds to get the popsicles to pop out cleanly. If you don’t have popsicle moulds available, you can use dixie cups or even ice cube trays – just let them freeze for a couple of hours before inserting your sticks, then leave them for the rest of the needed time. While I’ve thrown together the following recipes myself, I suggest you experiment with your favourite fruit / yogurt / ice cream combo!

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Lemonade Strawberry
Tart and refreshing, this is also really great as a slushie! Sub in vodka for about 1/2 c of the water, and you can make a great frozen cocktail for the patio.

  • 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (or 2 c frozen)
  • 3 c water

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Watermelon Mint
I was inspired to try this by a salad I had at a baby shower recently, and it turned out to be my favourite! The amount of sugar you need will depend on how sweet your watermelon is – do a taste-test before freezing.

  • 2 c cubed, seeded watermelon
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, chopped
  • sugar, to taste (I added about a tsp)

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Peaches and Yogurt
I wanted a thick consistency, so used greek yogurt, and added extra chunks of peach into the blended mixture for kicks.

  • 1 medium peach, peeled and sliced (approx 1 c)
  • 1 c yogurt
  • honey (about a three second squeeze or to taste)

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