Kids’ Kitchen: 4 Easy-Peasy Popsicle Recipes

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fun food prep! These four popsicle recipes are super simple and produce refreshing, vibrant and delish snacks to cool you down in the sweltering sun. Note: The recipes below are listed in the order they appear in the image above, from left to right.


Mango Creamsicle Pops

Makes 3 popsicles

Ingredients

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup frozen mango, defrosted for about 10 seconds in the microwave

Directions

First, blend mango in the blender until it is really smooth. Next, fill 3 popsicle molds about halfway with the mango puree. Keep the rest of the mixture that you didn’t use in the blender, then add the heavy cream and blend until mixture lightens in color and is fully combined. Next, fill the top half of the popsicle molds with the mango-infused whipped cream, which is essentially what the mango-cream mixture is, because the cream whips up in the blender. Put the sticks in the popsicles and freeze overnight. Break out of the freezer the next day for a refreshing snack.


Coconut Maple Chia Pudding Pops

Makes 3 popsicles

Ingredients

¼ cup whole black chia seeds

1 cup coconut milk (from a carton not a can)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 kiwi, sliced

3 large strawberries, thinly sliced

8 large blueberries, sliced in half horizontally

Directions

First, combine the chia seeds, coconut milk and maple syrup in a liquid measuring cup, then stir until well combined. Let that sit while you make the rest of the popsicles.

Place sliced fruit inside the 3 popsicle molds so it is firmly pressed up against the side. Be creative with the placement of the different fruits. Next, put the molds in the freezer and let sit for 5 minutes, so the fruit freezes to the molds.

Next, stir the chia pudding and pour it up to the fill line of the molds. Then freeze overnight (it’s really important that these stay in the freezer a while) and enjoy the next day.


Lava Popsicles

Makes 3 popsicles

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries

¼ cup fresh pineapple

¼ cup frozen pineapple

Directions

First, make the pineapple puree. Blend the fresh pineapple ON ITS OWN in your blender until it is a totally blended liquid. Then, add frozen pineapple and blend until completely mixed together. Set the pineapple puree aside in a bowl with a spout, so you can easily pour the mixture into the popsicle molds.

Next, clean your blender and make the strawberry puree. Simply blend strawberries until smooth and fully pureed. Yep, it’s super simple. Pour this mixture into another bowl with a spout and get ready to make your popsicles.

Now comes the fun part. Alternate pouring a little bit of each puree into a popsicle mold until it is about a quarter filled. In the end, each of the 3 molds should contain 2 layers of pineapple and 2 layers of strawberry. Next, using a long stick (I used a cake pop stick, but chopsticks or skewers also work), gently swirl together the layers of fruit. Be careful not to mix too much so you can see the swirls.

Put popsicle sticks into the molds, freeze overnight and enjoy some yummy fruity pops the next day.


Strawberry Milk & Cereal Popsicles

Makes 3 popsicles

Ingredients

½ cup whipped frozen topping

½ cup strawberry milk (either buy or make your own*)

1 cup fruit-flavored crisp rice cereal

*Making your own strawberry milk is actually really simple—and really delicious. Put a cup of chopped fresh strawberries in a pot along with a cup of water and a ½ cup granulated sugar. Stir together on high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Let boil for about 10 minutes, then strain through a sieve to get the chunks of berry out, and chill until cool. To make the strawberry milk for this recipe, add 3½ tablespoons of the strawberry syrup to a ½ cup of whole milk and stir until combined. However, if you are going to drink the strawberry milk, I recommend adding a tablespoon of syrup to every ¼ cup of milk.

Directions

Put whipped topping and strawberry milk in the blender and blend on the lowest setting until fully combined. Then pour into a liquid measuring cup and add the cereal. Mix to combine.

Next, pour the mixture into your 3 popsicle molds and freeze overnight to have the next day for a delicious breakfast or snack.

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