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Frozen Fruit Pops

Frozen Fruit Pops

This is a homemade version of the frozen fruit bars sold in most grocery stores.  They’re absurdly simple, delicious and wholesome.  You have complete control over the ingredients, flavors and sugar content.  I’m a big farmer’s market girl and love making my son freshly picked, organic popsicles that are better than anything we could find in a store.  Berries are my personal favorite for these pops (especially strawberries and raspberries) but virtually any fruit can be used – peaches, nectarines, bananas, mangoes, kiwi… I have yet to find a fruit that doesn’t work.  So treat yourself today, and feel good about what you eat!

Frozen Fruit Pops

Yields 4-6 popsicles, about 16 oz total

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit of choice, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup juice or yogurt
  • Optional: Sweetener to taste

Directions:

  • Place fruit and juice/yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Taste and add sweetener if needed.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

Notes:

  • Choice of juice/yogurt – The juice/yogurt in this recipe serves two functions: 1. It helps the blender work more efficiently, especially if you’re using frozen fruit.  and 2. It boosts the flavor of the pops.  I like using whole milk yogurt for just a hint of creaminess (if you want a true creamsicle use equal parts fruit and yogurt).  Vanilla yogurt tastes particularly good with most fruit.  Or you could choose a flavored yogurt to match or complement the fruit you’re using. Juice on the other hand, preserves the pure fruit flavor.  The juice you choose can intensify your flavors, add sweetness or tang (think lemonade).
  • Sweetener – if you use fully ripe fruit, you may not need additional sweetener.  If however, your fruit is a bit sour or under ripe, sweetener makes a big difference.  I typically use honey, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  If you want to avoid processed sugars you can also add a sweet mild juice such as apple juice to taste.  When sweetening popsicle batter, it helps to make it a tiny bit too sweet – your taste buds don’t register sweetness as well with cold foods so this will compensate for the difference.

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