Strawberry Season Must-Have
Bakers Royale shares this genius idea for making strawberry shortcake popsicles! Last week we were crushing on strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches, but this low-fat summer treat has also taken our hearts by storm.
Mama Naomi used vanilla yogurt, crushed vanilla Oreos and pureed strawberries with a Dixie Cup mold to make these must-have treats, but she also suggests replacing the Oreos with Nilla Wafers to shave off a couple of extra calories. All in all, a guilt-free treat for mom and a sweet snack for the kids -- absolute perfection. Be sure to visit Bakers Royale for freezing times and more.
Taste the Rainbow
Sandy Toes and Popsicles shows off these fun rainbow-rific pudding pops and the smile on her son's face truly says it all. Made with instant pudding mix, milk, food coloring and then set in Dixie Cups for molding, these bright and beautiful pops are sure to bring out the rainbow-lover in everyone this summer (Dad included!).
And if you're looking for tasty colorful treats without dairy, check out You Are My Fave for a tutorial on making fruit juice rainbow popsicles.
Root Beer Heaven
Put a fun spin on this year's homemade root beer floats and turn them into easy icy love, like these root beer float popsicles featured on Bite This.
Root beer popsicle extraordinaire, Zoe came up with this clever idea after realizing that she could have ready-to-eat root beer floats standing by in her freezer throughout the summer. (And really, she's got a great point there.) For a guilt-free option, Zoe also recommends using diet root beer and low-fat yogurt. Ahhh, the best of both worlds.
We love this raspberry creamsicle recipe featured on Itsy Bitsy Foodies. So creamy... So dreamy.
An absolute summer gotta-have, these creamsicle pops are easily made using french vanilla ice cream and berry puree with a little bit of POG added in for an extra tropical punch. Be sure to visit Itsy Bitsy Foodies for the full walk-through and an included recipe for homemade french vanilla ice cream.
Create a taste of the tropics in your very own backyard this summer with some cool sweets like these pina colada popsicles shown on Blonde Mom Blog.
Perfect for cooling down on warm sunny days, these creamy icy treats simply include shredded coconut, pineapple juice, coconut water, vanilla extract, maraschino cherries, sugar and pineapple chunks. (If you're making these for an adult day of fun, you can add a small amount of light rum as well.) Just close your eyes, take a bite and you'll be sunning on a tropical beach in no time!
Kiwis and Cream
Another clever spin on the much-loved classic creamsicle, Desserts for Breakfast shares this amazing recipe for one of their summer homemade favorites: Kiwi orange creamsicles. And rather than taking the easy route, Stephanie shows you just how to make a delicious real-deal cream layer that'll pair perfectly with your fresh kiwi and orange juice additions.
Stephanie also includes Grand Marnier in her creamy pops, for those that are interested in making some Mom-and-Dad-only-after-bedtime treats. Visit Desserts for Breakfast to view the entire walk-through and not to mention, the gorgeous photos of these cool creamsicles.
Looking forward to enjoying some chocolate-y cool treats as the weather gets warmer? Consider making your own fudge popsicles like these ones shown on Smitten Kitchen!
Simply made with common kitchen ingredients such as semisweet chocolate chips, cocoa powder and milk, Deb admits that she had her doubts on if these pops would pack enough fudgey power (and they did). Check out Smitten Kitchen for a beautiful pictorial and all the recipe details.
Fresh Berry Taste
Planning on taking the kids berry picking this summer? Put some of those tasty findings towards making these fresh blackberry and Greek yogurt popsicles, featured on A Cup of Jo.
Super easy and inexpensive to make, these pretty pops only require a handful of ingredients such as Greek yogurt, blackberries, honey and a bit of sugar. And now for the best part -- this post also includes a recipe for some pretty amazing avocado popsicles too. Yep, you heard right -- avocado popsicles. And interestingly enough, Joanna says that the avocado pops were the sweet ones!
If your family loves having fresh mango as a summer snack, be sure to check out Giver's Log for a delicious recipe for these homemade mango blackberry yogurt popsicles. (Try saying that five times fast.)
Mama AmberLee recommends mixing the mango with the yogurt in a blender and making a separate blackberry simple syrup that will drip throughout once the popsicles are frozen. She also admits that if you don't have any blackberries on hand, these cool summer pops are just as tasty with the mango alone. Sounds pretty tasty to us, either way.
Crazy for Kiwi
ShowFood Chef Cathy Shambley certainly knows how to offer up the best of both worlds, as shown with these homemade chocolate kiwi popsicles!
Our favorite part about this recipe is that it only contains three ingredients: Kiwi slices (one-inch thick) and a little bit of coconut oil blended with melted dark chocolate. Super easy -- and inexpensive. Simply dip the kiwi slices into your melted chocolate mixture and eat right away or save in the freezer for future warm-weather desserts. Great for a summer backyard barbecue with family and friends, we have a feeling that this is one neat treat that will leave everyone asking for seconds.
If you're in need of a quick summer fix without the frills, be sure to check out these three-layer berry and yogurt popsicles featured on Meet the Dubiens!
Simply puree up two kinds of your favorite berries (such as strawberries and blueberries as shown) and freeze each layer one at a time for this beautiful red, white and blue look. Though this treat would make for a great Fourth of July snack, we think it's also one that will provide plenty of cheerful smiles throughout the summer. Check out Meet the Dubiens for the full walk-through.
Love strawberries as much as we do? Or, is honeydew lime more your style? Either way, you're in luck because The TomKat Studio offers up recipes for both of these pint-sized summer popsicles (with free printables included).
And regardless, we have a feeling that both will be just as delicious and do the trick on those hot summer days when you need a cool snack. As for these strawberry coconut pops shown, simply puree strawberries, blueberries, light coconut milk, honey, water and apple juice and set in Dixie Cups to freeze. Check out The TomKat Studio for both of these fun recipes and the freezing requirements needed.
Gummy Lemonade Love
Jazz up this summer's lemonade by making delicious lemonade popsicles, like these ones featured on Cooking with My Kid.
But that's not all -- Mama Rebecca and her kids added gummy cherries for a little extra flavor and fun and we think this is one treat that's sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser. Only requiring a prep time of 15 minutes, this simple recipe only needs fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, sugar and water. Add to your popsicle molds and then top your rockets off by plopping in a couple gummies for good measure. All in all, an easy peasy refreshing summer sweet.
Certainly one popsicle that would inspire you to have dessert for breakfast this summer, Deelicious Sweets offers up these healthy (and vegan), all-natural mango, blueberry banana popsicles.
The best part about this recipe is how absolutely quick and easy it is -- simply blend together your fruit, add a touch of honey and freeze. That's all there is to it. Oh, and pull the pops out as needed when you're craving some sweet and cool relief throughout the summer. And if you do find yourself wanting popsicles for breakfast, by all means, these pops are a perfect choice.
Simple and Sweet
These watermelon pomegranate popsicles featured on My Darling Lemon Thyme are exactly the kind that we make a bee-line for at the grocery store -- all-natural fruit juice, just the right amount of sweetness and absolutely wonderful when everything else seems to be just a little too hot.
Perfectly simple, just the way we like it. And as an added bonus, you don't feel guilty going back for fruit pop number two! Though Mama Emma says that these popsicles will pretty much be good with any kind of fruit mixed in, such as strawberries or peaches, these ones are easily made only using 100% pure pomegranate juice, chopped watermelon and water.