Popsicle of the Week

Every week of the summer I post a new popsicle recipe!

Summer Recipes: Popsicle Round Up!

The last week of August is upon us and I’m a little heartbroken Montreal doesn’t have another few weeks of nice weather. There isn’t much I can do beside enjoy it while it last and since it’s the end of our summer here it’s time to end my weekly popsicle recipes for another year. I had a bit of a later start but in the end I shared 6 popsicles recipes that are a great balance between being healthy and having great flavor. Thanks for reading and hopefully you tried making one of these recipes yourself. I’ve included all 6 recipes with a recap of the recipe just in case you wanted to make one last recipe or if it’s the end of winter where you are! As always let me know in the comments what you think about the recipes and below are my
2014 Summer Popsicle Recipes!

strawberry white chocolate popsicles (12)My first time making dipped popsicles – these are a great balance between the natural sourness of the strawberries and the sweetness of the Lindor white chocolate (link)

lychee popsicleCombining the sweetness of lychee juice and coconut milk with freshly picked raspberries and lychee chunks (link)

watermelon popsiclesAll fruit popsicles made to look like watermelon by combining fresh watermelon puree with kiwi puree for the bottom (link)

melon popsicles 10Fresh melon popsicles inspired by Melona bars with cantaloupe and honeydew (link)

citrus popsicles 2Matching the sourness of citurs fruits orange and lemon, plus raspberries with greek yogurt to makes these rainbow sherbert inspired popsicles (link)

apricot swirl popsiclesApricot yogurt popsicles with a swirl of fresh apricot puree (link)

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Summer Recipe: Mango Lassi Popsicles

mango lassi popsicle (1) (1024x678)My first popsicle blunder of the summer happened this week so I thought I’d reshare my delish mango lassi popsicles from last year instead (link here). Basically I really didn’t have time to test this recipe out and it was a combination I haven’t used much for smoothies or otherwise (mango and guava with coconut jelly). I was also outta town for a few days last week and then immediately had a friend staying at my house all weekend so making popsicles didn’t happen. So today I tried to make a last minute recipe and I think they will actually turn out pretty good but they really aren’t the standard I go far when I share recipes. I’d rather share a recipe I know is amazing and am proud of then share something new that will not be up to my standards. So check out my last year’s mango lassi popsicle recipe because they were divine! And this means next year I have a mango and guava recipe to work on and perfect for you guys. This is actually the last recipe of the year so next week will be a roundup of all this year’s popsicles.

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Summer Recipes: Melon Popsicles

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This week’s recipe is super simple melon popsicles with fresh cantaloupe and honeydew. They are inspired by Melona popsicles, which if you haven’t had before are Korean and come in lots of different flavors but the most common is the honeydew. I never knew Melona were so popular until I told friends I was making these everyone was like “Oh man Melona popsicles are the best”…so there a bit of pressure for these to be amazing. For mine I thought I’d try and make a healthy version so I’m substituting cream and any extra additives for greek yogurt and natural honey (f you want a non-dairy alternative try coconut milk). This recipe can be made as just honeydew or just cantaloupe but for mine I wanted to do a mixture of each flavor and individuals!

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#43D58C”]  Honeydew has Vitamin C, B-6, Fiber,Potassium and Cooper. While cantaloupe is a superfood with 100% of your daily recommendation of Vitamin A&C in just once serving. It also has the most beta-carotene of any fruit and is a great fruit for your skin. Plus it has Folate and Potassium to boot.  [/box]

What You’ll Need:

  • half of a honeydew (2 cups roughly)
  • half of a cantaloupe (2 cups roughly)
  • 1/2 cup of 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • lime or lemon juice
  • honey

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Summer Recipes: Lychee Popsicles with Raspberries

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I’ve been really excited for this week’s recipe all summer, lychee popsicles with freshly picked raspberries…it doesn’t get much better than this. My recipe is inspired by my love of bubbletea since I’m a huge fan of getting lychee jelly instead of pearls. I wanted to create a really rich flavor so I’m combining lychee juice with coconut milk and for that bubbletea flavor I’m adding in fresh lychee ‘jelly’. And just to make sure the popsicles aren’t too sweet I’m adding in raspberries I picked myself just a few days ago to balance it all out. This is a really simple recipe with ingredients that you can get from any major food store and it is sure to delight and refresh. Lets get into it!
(sad note, this was intended to feature fresh lychees but the season just ended last week & offically lychees have disappeared from Montreal – I seriously went to 15 stores over two days hunting for them with no luck)

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#F54D70″] Raspberries and lychees are good sources of anti-oxidants, like oligonol which is found in abundant in lychees and helps with blood flow, protects against UV rays and reduces weight. Both fruits are also good sources of minerals with potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium which are all helpful to keeping our heart healthy. Also they are excellent sources of Vitamin C, and combined they also have Vitamin B, K, and A. As well they both have niacin, and folates which help metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats.[/box]

What You’ll Need:summer recipe (2)

  • 1 cup of fresh lychees
    (canned if fine if you can’t find fresh)
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
    (you can substitute for coconut water)
  • 2 cups of lychee juice
    *any brand will do
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Summer Recipes: Citrus Popsicles

citrus popsicles 2This week’s summer recipe is citrus popsicles inspired by rainbow sherbet! Who doesn’t love rainbow sherbet? It’s a 3 layered popsicle with the flavors of orange, raspberry and lemon…I know you’re yelling at the screen, it’s lime, lady it’s lime. I know its lime, it’s not my fault (okay it is) that I’m terrible at making lime popsicles. Every time I try making limeade it always taste really bitter, maybe I’m just bad at picking them but I’m substituting it for lemon instead to be safe. This recipe came about because this summer me and Victor keep drinking a lot of homemade juices. To try and create the sherbet feel I will be using yogurt to add a creamy texture and help mellow out the naturally sour flavor of my citrus fruits without using sugar. It’s a simpe recipe and packed with lots of great flavors. Let’s getting into the recipe….

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#FCB514″]  Lemons and oragnes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin P (strengthens blood vessels), pectin, calcium and magnesium. They have powerful antibacterial properties and help with liver and the bowels. Lemons and oranges also contain many anti-cancer compounds like limonene ! [/box]

What You’ll Need:summer recipe (4)

  • 3-4 oranges (medium sized)
  • 1 carton of raspberries
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 600g of unflavored Greek yogurt (2 1/4th cup)
    *you can use vanilla if you want a more creamsicle flavor

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Summer Recipes: Watermelon Popsicles

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Today’s I’m going to show you my 100% fruit recipe for watermelon popsicles. It’s perfect for people who cannot eat dairy or want a juice popsicle. Watermelon is also the perfect summer treat, we’ve been eatting it all weekend long. One thing about watermelon though is that its flavor is almost too mellow for popsicles so it’s perfect to pair it with strawberries (also the watermelons in Montreal are nothing like the ones you lucky people down south get). I also wanted to make the popsicles actually look like mini watermelons so I’m going to add at the bottom just a hint of kiwi puree. Watermelon strawberry popsicles aren’t the most original but they are so yummy so who cares!

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#FF4040″] Even though watermelon is known for being mostly water, it’s actually very rich in minerals and vitamins. Watermelon comes packed with Vitamin A, B and C and also has amino acids that help with keeping your heart healthy and soothes sore muscles. One of the biggest benefits of eating them though is lycopene which has been linked to lowering certain cancers and potentially helping your heart stay healthy – watermelon happens to have the highest concentration of lycopene out of any fruits or vegetables. [/box]

What You’ll Need:summer recipe (2)

  • 3 cups of watermelon
  • 2 cup of strawberries
  • 1 lemon (or lime)
  • 3 kiwis
    (learn from me 2 just isn’t enough)

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Summer Recipe: Strawberry White Chocolate Popsicles

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I really wanted to make popsicles this year with white chocolate and strawberry white chocolate popsicles just sound so decadent. Not to mention I found local strawberries that were just calling to be made in popsicles . Now I like to keep my ingredients simple and healthy but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and add some chocolate once and awhile. Strawberries are also in the middle of their season so it’s the perfect time for recipes with them.  It’s easy to find local fresh strawberries either from the farmer’s market, a pick-your-own farm or even your friend and family who happen to grow them (I really wanted to get a strawberry plant for our balcony but Victor vetoed me).  Probably the most decadent recipe for popsicles since last years dulce de leche ones, these are yummy.

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#dc143c”] Strawberries contain anthocyanins which boosts short term memory and helps burn stored fat. The flavonoids of strawberries help lower heart disease and the biotin in them help your nails & hair, while the antioxidant ellagic acid helps keep skin elastic. They also contain fiber, potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which is good for our bones and helps agaisnt inflamation. [/box]

What You’ll Need:

  • summer recipes (5)3 bars of white chocolate
    *Lindor is my favourite chocolate makers but you can go organic or favourite brand.
  • 3 cups of strawberries
  • 1 container of 500g vanilla yogurt (2 cups)
    *if you can find white chocolate yogurt, do it!
  • blender
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • popsicle mold (mine is here or here)

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Summer Recipe: Apricot Swirl Popsicles

apricot swirl popsicles

Its apricot season right now till mid-July so you know what’s perfect for the first popsicle recipe for the summer – Apricot Swirl Popsicles! This recipe is an easy one with only 3 ingredients and really healthy for you too, it makes the perfect quick breakfast when you are running outta the house. The best thing is since the apricots are in season it’s easy to find affordable and ripe apricots locally. Making your own popsicles for the summer means that you can work around each fruits season and make a whole bunch of popsicles at one time to store for the rest of summer to maximize on the freshness and flavour of each fruit. This year I wanted to focus on the health benefits of each fruit I’ll be using for my recipes so you’ll notice below a new part of the weekly recipes, let’s get into the recipe!

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#CD8500″]  Apricots are a good source of vitamin A, fiber, beta carotene, antioxidants and potassium. Eating them helps your eye sight and provides protection against inflammation and damage from free radicals. [/box]

What You’ll Need:popsicle of the week (1)

  • 6 apricots
  • 500ml of yogurt
    *any complimentary flavor is fine or plain.
    OPTIONAL:
  • 1 tablespoon of honeyMy mold can be found, here or here!

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Weekly Popsicle Recipes for Summer!

The next two months marks the official return of my weekly popsicle recipes. If you haven’t check out any of last year’s recipe I have a post will all the recipes, here! I am so excited to start and have been planning my recipes since April. I started to prepared early because I wanted to perfect them all before sharing and get an early start on posts so I can relax on Tuesdays. :) My fridge had other ideas and as soon as it started warming up here we realized our freezer was broken and not able to freezer anything.  It took a while to get it fixed waiting for an old neighbor of Victor’s who is fridge technician to swing by because we didn’t want to waste a lot of money on a repairman to come and fix a fridge we bought used for $300. And finally it’s fixed! Well temporarily, apparently a new fridge is in our future but probably not for the next year. So ready to start sharing my recipes, this is the announcement post but here is my favourite recipe from last year to tide you over until next week.

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Popsicle of the Week: Round Up

It’s starting to get cold here in Montreal and I am starting up a few projects for the fall so I thought it was a good time to end Popsicle of the Week. I had a few recipes ideas still but will keep those for next year. I had a great time coming up with recipes and modifying ones I found online and cannot wait for the weather to get good again so I can make more! Coming up though I think I will have a monthly recipe on the blog of one of my many desserts recipes. I am cooking so much more in the last few weeks, it’s been great. I thought the best way to sum up a great summer of popsicles was to give you guys a quick way to reach each recipe!  Look out next month for more recipes.

Dulce de Leche dulce de leche (12)

Pina Colada & Pina Colada2homemade popsicle

Raseberry 3 Wayraseberry popsicles

Mango Lassi

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Gin and Tonic

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Pink Lemonadepink lemonade (3)

Kiwi Strawberry

kiwi strawberry popsicle (30) Strawberry and Blueberryhomemade popsicle (2)

Mango and Peachmango peach popsicle (5)

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Popsicle of the Week: Mango Lassi

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Last year was the first time I really started exploring Indian food and through it I discovered one of my treasured drinks, Mango Lassi. I’ve never made my own mango lassi before (and if this works out and taste delicious perhaps it’ll become my new weekend thing to do) but I thought in popsicle form? I must. So this is my attempt, and again I used the internet for guidance in my recipe as I had no idea what was in a mango lassi besides mango and yogurt. It turns out…that was about it. My twist is no sugar, and making it organic because I love making my popsicles as natural as possible. My recipe will make about 10 popsicles, hope you enjoy and let me know if you tried it out.

What You’ll Need:ingredients

  • Honey
  • 2 Mangos
  • Greek Yogurt
    *I am using organic but any type works great

Time:

10 minutes to prep, 7-8 hours in freezer

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Popsicle of the Week: 3 Unique Twists

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For today’s Popsicle of the Week I wanted to show 3 ways to spice up your popsicles whether its decorating your popsicle sticks, using a unqie molds and making cocktail popsicles. All three are simple and easy ways to customize your popsicles just beacuase or for a special event (birthday party, bachlorrete….). Check out below and let me know what you think in the comments!

1. Decorative and Customized Sticks
colorful popsicle designs

All you need for this step is some non-toxic markers and popsicle sticks to decorate. Simple use the marks to decorate 1 end of the popsicle in any design you fancy from a chevron pattern to hearts. Even better, come up with an imaginary popsicle company name (mine’s Luna Pops) and write it on the stick. After you’ve finished decorating put aside the sticks to dry before using. It’s a fun activity to do on your own or with the friends or family.  Even if you have a mold with plastic sticks you can still decorate and customize your own sticks, simple use cups (dixie, shot glass, anything) whenever you want to use your customized sticks.
TIP: if you’re worried about your kids sucking on the popsicle sticks afterwards think about investing in some edible markers.

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more design ideas:
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2. Creative Molds

Who said you had to use the same boring old mold every time? Mix it up and buy another mold that has a bit of whimsy. Whether it’s dinosaurs or rockets, there is plenty of molds to make you (or your kids) smile. Even better, why not try an ice cube tray and make mimi-popsicles. There are so many wonderful ice cube trays out on the market nowadays and you can easy convert them to make mini-popsicles. Simple take a reqular popsicle stick and break in half, then use sandpaper to even out the rough edges or easier still use toothpicks.

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Popsicles of the Week: Strawberry Kiwi + Storing

kiwi-strawberry-popsicle-27 copyKiwi Strawberry Popsicles

This week I thought we needed another classic flavour combination, so I went with kiwi strawberry (one of my personal favs beside pina colada). What better way than making it a 2 ingredient chunky popsicle, no sugar, no dairy just kiwi and strawberry. I am going to show you two different ways to make this combination of fruit and you can either make 5 popsicles and use half the ingredients or make a full  10 depending on your mold. Have fun!

What You’ll Need:strawberry kiwi popsicles (3)

  • 6 Kiwis
  • 10 Strawberries
  • Blender (or food processor)
  • Knife and cutting board

Time:

5 minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

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Popsicle of the Week: Dulce De Leche

dulce de leche (9)Dulce De Leche

This week’s popsicle of the week is Victor’s favourite sweet, dulce de leche. He is from Chile were dulce de leche is a very popular snack even though it an Argentinian. He will eat a whole bottle of it in a few days just by eating spoonful’s so I knew I had to make him popsiclse flavored after it. I searched the internet for a recipe as I didn’t know how to go about making a popsicle that wasn’t fruit based but I didn’t have much luck. There were a lot of dulce de leche and lemon popsicle recipes (gross) but finally I found one with just dulce de leche. However the recipe called for 10 ingredients so I knew straight away I wouldn’t be using it but it gave me an idea on how to make the popsicle creamy…cream! However it seems that all recipes still had yogurt as the base so I decided to be creative and use coconut Greek yogurt. In Chile they have a dessert that is very common made with dulce de leche and coconut so I knew the flavors would suit each other well and off I went! This recipe only has 3 ingredients and is for 5 popsicles molds.
EDIT: I made these before going on vacation and didn’t have a chance to take photos of the final results. When I made them again I didn’t do the swirl effect that the recipe shows.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Dulce de leche
    *in Montreal it’s easy to pick up in the grocery store section where you find peanut butter
    *if you cannot find go to a store that has South American products
  • Coconut Yogurt
    *Organic if you can find
  • Cream (15%)
  • Whisk
  • Bowls and spoons

Time:

5minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

  1. Add 1 cup of dulce de leche to a microwavable bowl. Put in microwave for 10 second intervals until creamy texture.
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  2. Take 1/4th cup of cream to a bowl and add in 1 cup of coconut yogurt. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
    *I added a few more tablespoons of cream to make it smoother after mixing
    *the coconut yogurt I use comes with shredded coconut, if you use a different brand I would suggest maybe adding in 2 tablespoon of finely shredded coconut
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  3. Then add in 80% of the dulce de leche and mix until incoperated.
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  4. Add in most of remaining dulce de leche to the mixutre but do not mix beyond a few turns.
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  5. Put into mold, and add the last spoonfuls of dulce de leche to the top of the mold.
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  6. Clean top and put on lid and stickers before putting in freezer for 4 hours.
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 Final Thoughts:

These were more an experiment the first time I made them and I didn’t even need to adjust the recipe at all or try again – they turned out great. The combination of the dulce de leche and the coconut flavour is amazing and they turned out very creamy. I loved the added cream, it does such a great job at removing the usually yogurt taste and made it seem more ice cream in flavour instead. What I would suggest is when mixing the yogurt with the cream, start with what I’ve used here but then add a tablespoon of cream at a time and taste afterwards each spoonful. You want to keep the coconut flavor but make it creamer. I think the only thing I would change would to be to add more of swirl effect or just mix the dulce de leche in completely. I think having just a little bit of it for me at least not as texturally pleasing as it could be. If you know anyone who loves dulce de leche, these are a great treat to make them and I am sure they will be over the moon! If you have any suggestions for my next recipe let me know in the comments.

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Popsicle of the Week: Pink Lemonade

pink lemonade popsiclePink Lemonade Popsicles

There is nothing more refreshing and summery than homemade lemonade! I thought for this week’s popsicle of the week I would try a twist on lemonade and made pink lemonade popsicles! For my ‘pink’ flavour I used raspberries but strawberries can be used as well (and you can add vodka if you want to make your lemonade ‘hard’). My recipe for today makes 10 popsicles so for a small mold you will have some refreshing pink lemonade left over to drink or use later for more popsicles. Hope you enjoy this classic summer recipe!

What You’ll Need:pink lemonade (27)

  • 3 Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Raspberries
  • Popsicle mold
  • Blender
  • Juicer or Fork

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Popsicle of the Week: Pina Colada Round 2

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Pina Colada “Round Two”

This week’s popsicle of the week was inspired by my first pina colada popsicles (recipe is here). I really loved them and wanted to try again but try a different combination of ingredients. I really wanted it to be more chunky and to incorporate yogurt to make them creamy and more like the Fruiti popsicls that I love. I also wanted to add banana even though it’s not tradition pina colada. This is my first recipe that is not completely natural but if you have the time to shredded fresh coconut or can find organic coconut, power to you! This recipe is for my mold and fits just a bit over then 10 popsicles, if you have a smaller mold just half the recipe. I really loved making these and it was super simple like the previous recipes.
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Popsicle of the Week: Raseberry

raseberry popsiclesRaseberry Popsicle – 3 ways

Raseberries are just one of those fruits that I love to pick up from farmer’s market in the summer and seeing where I can get them the cheapest. When raseberry season comes around I usually pick up a container every few days, and have in the past even horded them at the rippest part of the season and frozen them in my fridge to use year around in smoothies. I enjoy raseberries on their own however and I don’t usually mix them with other fruit..so I thought for this week I’d show you 3 different recipes for simpe raseberry popsicles using the same 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • small containers of raseberries
    *each recipe is for 5 molds, and uses 1 small container of raseberries
    *I am using fresh local raseberries.
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Honey

What you’ll need:

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Popsicle of the Week: Mango & Peach

popsicle of the weekI wanted to make really simple juice popsicles for this popsicle of the week and why not use my favourite juice, mango and peach nectar. I’m a sucker for all things peach or mango flavoured and nectar juice is always in our house. I thought I’d share 3 different recipes as each only has a few ingredients and take almost no time at all to put together. Each recipe is for 5 popsicles but for all of them I just pour the juice form the container straight into the mold, so no measure really required. Hope you like these simple recipes, and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried making them !

Ingredients: mango peach popscile

  • 1 mango
  • 1 peach
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
    *vanilla or plain yogurt
    *i use natural yogurt
  • Nectar peach & mango juice
    *any brandTime:  10 minutes prep time, 5hours in freezer

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Popsicle of the Week: Blueberry & Strawberry

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This is my 2nd week of sharing my summer recipes for popsicle of the week! I hope you enjoyed the first one, I’ve been making popsicles non-stop since I got my mold in June. I have so many ideas for recipes, it will be exciting to show you my experiments for the summer. Today’s recipe is for strawberry and blueberry yogurt popsicles. A classic combo and a great way to make colorful and interesting looking popsicles. I like using organic and fresh fruits when I can for maximum flavour and health but remember if you can’t get organic or have a bag of frozen berries they will work great so feel free to incorporate whatever you have available for you.  Even better if you have a chance to go to a local farm or farmers market or if your lucky enough to grow your own berries, use those! My first recipe was for making a full 10 popsicles, however I know most people have smaller molds than me so today’s recipe is for only 5 popsicles molds, and I have an alternative method for this recipe so its two recipes in one.

homemade popsicles (2)Ingredients and Tools:

  • Plain or Vanilla yogurt
    *I like using natural yogurt, but any brand will do
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Honey
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Popsicle mold
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

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Popsicle of the Week: Pina Colada

homemade-popsicles-pina-coladaPina Colada with pineapple chunks

I am so excited for the summer, me and Victor are hugely into real fruit popsicles and love them more than regular popsicles or ice cream on a hot day.  He has been bugging me for weeks that I should make them since we cannot buy our favourite brand in box form and individual popsicles are expensive (Fruti bars are the best, if you never had you should try).  I’ve been waiting for my classic style popsicle mold to came in the mail and  as soon as it did I made these. I want to try making all different kinds and want to make them natural and healthy with fresh fruit, yogurt and all the ingredients I can think of (maybe even alcohol ones). So yeah, I hope to be able to put on recipe up on the blog on Tuesday every week until the end of summer. Let me know if you make them and I’d love to hear if you made changes to the recipe or have recipe ideas for me to try next! Continue reading %s

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