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 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]

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  • 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 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: 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.

colorful popsicle designs

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: 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: 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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