Here in the Northwest, we are experiencing a massive heat wave in the triple digits, and it doesn't look to be chilling out for quite some time. One way we stay cool and hydrated is keeping popsicles on hand for the hot afternoons. Popsicles are so fun to make because they don't require many ingredients, the turn-over time isn't too long, and kids can help make them and even come up with their own concoctions! My kids gladly volunteered to help me make these 6 different recipes, and I think you will be happy to find a popsicle for every taste bud and diet restriction.
Almost all the recipes require the ingredients to be pureed. I have a vitamix that whirls everything up popsicle-ready in seconds, but any blender will do just fine.
These berry-licious popsicles were amazing!! If you are a fan of rich cherry flavor this one is for you! Adding the plain yogurt curbed the sweetness just right, and it also offered a really cool ombre effect. Don't you think they look pretty? For more berry flavor, you could add some flavored yogurt: raspberry yogurt anyone? Delish!
Refreshing, light, and strawberry-sweet, this popsicle is perfect for that picturesque summer day on a quilted picnic blanket under the big oak tree. You can puree up some of your own watermelon juice by cutting watermelon into bite-sized chunks and whirling it up in the blender. You can also take the easy way out as I did and stop by Trader Joes for some of their amazing Watermelon Cucumber Juice. My mouth waters just thinking about it! If you don't have a really efficient blender, I suggest peeling the grapes before pureeing.
Are their any Paleo fans out there? This one is for you! Though it's more of a fudgsicle instead of a popsicle, my girls loved the addition of banana! You could also add a tablespoon or two of almond butter to give it some more protein.
Yum, yum, yum! This may have been the unofficial favorite of all the recipes. My girls said it tasted a lot like the standard creamsicle. They also mentioned Orange Julius in their comparisons (Which made me happy. I've been a fan since 1994, thank you very much!) Don't skip the vanilla. It's a must.
This one is by far the easiest recipe, and maybe the most reminiscent of childhood (at least for me!). It really is a root beer float on a stick. Not a fan of root beer? Maybe try Dr. Pepper or cola!
Easy peasy! Other flavors I'd love to try: Chocolate pudding with oreos. Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers. Pistachio Pudding with mini Chocolate Chips. Lemon pudding with white chocolate chips. Wow! The possibilities are absolutely endless!
Try some of these ultra easy Super Simple Summer Popsicle Recipes, keep cool, and and tell me which are your favorites!