Fruity Summer Popsicles

The past few days have been terribly hot, and what more can you want on a hot day than a icy cold popsicle – minus the added sugar, preservatives and high calories. Last year mum bought me the Zoku – Quick Pop Maker, I finally decided to get it out again and make some delicious fruit popsicles minus the added sugar, preservatives and high calories. You can try all different flavours and experiment with herbs, here is what I like: Buy -You can find ice pop molds at grocery stores, or just use small cups and Popsicle sticks. Alternatively you can use a Zoku 🙂 Freeze -To finish each recipe, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. If using cups, freeze until partially frozen and slushy, about 30 minutes, then insert sticks. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours. Serve -To remove, run hot water over the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, then gently pull the sticks. 201106-omag-popsicle-strawberry-600x411Strawberry Lemonade Pops

In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup honey, ⅔ cup water, and 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries. Stir over medium heat until combined and mixture comes to a simmer. Cook until berries start to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture through a fine strainer into a large bowl, pressing the solids with a spoon. Stir in ½ cup lemon juice (from about 2 lemons) and ⅔ cup water.

To finish, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks.

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Blueberries and Cream Pops In a blender, puree 1½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries with ¼ cup honey/agave and ½ cup vanilla yogurt until smooth. Spoon about half the mixture equally among molds. Spoon 1 cup vanilla yogurt equally among the molds, over blueberry layer. Spoon in remaining blueberry mixture. To finish, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks. 201106-omag-popsicle-watermelon-600x411

Watermelon-Raspberry-Lime Pops

In a blender, puree 3 cups watermelon cubes, 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, ¼ cup honey/agave, and 2 Tbsp. lime juice. With a flexible spatula, push the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard solids.

To finish, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks.

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Honey-Peach Pops

In a medium saucepan, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Cut an X on the bottom of 4 medium-sized ripe peaches. Immerse the peaches in boiling water until the peels start to pull away, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer peaches to a strainer and rinse under cold running water until cool enough to handle. Slip off the peels. Cut peaches into chunks and mash well in a bowl with ¼ cup honey and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.

To finish, pour the mixture into molds and insert sticks.   Here are some different fruits I experimented with… 20121219_122934

Try your own summer popsicles this summer !

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xo j xo