It’s summer in Texas and it’s hot. I’m pregnant in the summer in Texas and so it’s more like unbearably hot. I’m super over it already and it’s still just early June. Plus since summer in Texas lasts until Halloween, I really need to suck it up and get used to sticking to my car seats and feeling like i’m taking off a wet swimsuit at the end of the day.
The kids are loving it all of course and summer for us equals loads of swimming, trips to the Grandparents and quintessential summer treats like so much watermelon they wet the bed and popsicles. Since I’ve been on about a 7 year rampage to prevent my kids from eating food dye (I’m somewhat successful since we don’t keep any of that at our own home) we thought we’d try our hand at making some low-sugar, naturally sweetened popsicles. It was mostly Grandma’s idea because Grandmas just can’t stand not giving the kids treats (I’m looking at you Judy, Libby and Kat 🙂 ).
These popsicles were a huge hit and I think they could be made with a ton of different flavors and pureed fresh fruit instead of fruit juice for an even healthier option. We were going for a dreamsicle inspired popsicle so we used orange juice as our base. If you went with a thicker fruit puree base, you’d just need to up the coconut milk quantity a bit. We made these using some very simple ingredients and honey as our sweetener. You could probably use maple syrup or a tiny tiny bit of stevia if you didn’t have any honey on hand.
To make our popsicles we blended 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 cup of orange juice, 2 tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp vanilla. That’s it. So basic. Then just blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender for 30 seconds. The coconut milk and orange juice will separate just a bit when the mix freezes but it didn’t affect the taste and more importantly, the kids didn’t notice. Pour the mix into your favorite popsicle molds and freeze for 4-5 hours.
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Healthy and Yummy Homemade Popsicles
Super easy to make, homemade popsicles sweetened with only natural sweetener. These take only minutes to prepare and freeze in just 4-5 hours.
- 1 cup coconut milk any type is fine!
- 1 cup orange juice or juice/fruit puree of your choice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender for 30 seconds or until completely blended. Immediately pour the mix into your popsicle molds. Freeze undisturbed for 4-5 hours. Enjoy!