Kids love these frozen treats, and they’re unbelievably easy to pull from the freezer and distribute when your little ones are on their way out to play. But if you’ve ever looked at the nutritional information on most boxes of popsicles, you'll know that popsicles often err on the unhealtheir side of the spectrum. They tend to be chock-full of sugar, not to mention artificial flavors and colors of all kinds.
So what’s a person to do? We’ve gathered 10 of the best healthy popsicle recipes around to help you and your family have a fun, healthy, and delicious summer. Check these out:
1. Simple Apple Juice Pops
One of the easiest homemade popsicle recipes possible involves simply taking apple juice, pouring it into your popsicle mold, and freezing it. We have plenty more exciting (and labor-intensive) popsicle recipes for you; but your kids may love the basics just as much. You can also try making pops with orange juice, apple-cranberry, or just about any other sort of fruit juice you want.
2. Berry Pops
Muy Delish’s berry pops take a bit of work, but boy are they worth it. This healthy popsicle recipe combines Greek yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla extract, and a bit of honey into a delicious (and all too pleasing on the eyes) tasty treat. But these treats aren’t just yummy—they’re also great sources of protein. We think they’ll be a big hit with your whole family.
3. Healthy Chocolate Fudgsicles
Some kids love the fruity popsicles, and some love the chocolatey ones-thus is the way the world works. If you’ve got a chocolate fiend in your house—or if you’re the chocolate friend (we’re not judging)—then this next recipe is an absolute must. The recipe uses coconut milk, bananas, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, agave, and a pinch of salt to create an irresistibly creamy fudgsicle. Enjoy!
4. Frozen Fruit Pops
Most homemade popsicle recipes assume that you have popsicle molds, but this next one can be assembled with just disposable cups and popsicle sticks. Furthermore, it doesn’t require a blender or food processor, instead using a mixture of diced fruit and juice. This unique and delicious treat combines kiwi, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple and either pineapple or orange juice.
5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles
You already knew that peanut butter and jelly is a great combination for sandwiches, but did you know that you can replicate that delicious taste in a healthy popsicle recipe? With 3 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per popsicle, Daily Burn’s peanut butter and jelly pops are both tasty and good for you. The recipe combines low-fat yogurt, peanut butter, skim milk, honey, vanilla extract, fresh raspberries, raspberry juice, and sesame seeds to work its magic.
Be aware that making this popsicle will take longer than some of the other varieties because it needs to be assembled and frozen in layers. However, if you’re in a hurry, the recipe does include alternate instructions, which significantly cut down on the preparation time.
6. Spicy Watermelon Popsicles
If you love unique taste sensations and dishes that combine sweet and spicy, you need to try this next easy popsicle recipe. These spicy watermelon popsicles combine watermelon, tomato and jalapeno peppers for a popsicle unrivaled in flavor complexity. You may want to taste test these ones before giving them to your kids, though!
7. Apricot-Yogurt Popsicles
Summer is the time for apricots, and this next popsicle recipe makes mighty fine use of those delectable little fruits. The recipe uses plain yogurt, apricots and maple syrup; a simple and delicious masterpiece indeed.
8. Sweet and Salt Celery Popsicles
This is another unusual popsicle recipe, but some people find the unique flavor absolutely unforgettable, and cause for round two soon as possible. Just as it was for the spicy watermelon pops, this recipe may be one more for the grownups than the kids. It uses celery juice, basil leaves, salt and simple syrup (if you’d rather not use sugar, you can make the syrup using honey).
9. Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles
This next healthy popsicle recipe will hit home with every member of the family-we hope! It combines strawberries, mango, coconut water, honey and chia seeds into a delicious medley. Sweet, light and tasty, don’t be surprised if these all disappear from the freezer!
10. Watermelon Popsicles
If you like for your food to be as beautiful as it is delicious, you’ll love this next homemade popsicle recipe. It has layers of pink, white and green to make your popsicle look like a delicious slice of watermelon, and it even uses mini chocolate chips to represent the seeds! This recipe uses watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, coconut milk, kiwis and chocolate chips.