Monday, July 5, 2010

Staying Cool this Summer: Ice Lollies/Popsicles

Popsicles (Ice Lollies) are a real favorite of my son (and myself). I always try to have some made on hand in our freezer so we are never without a quick and cooling snack. And I like making my own so I really know what’s going into them. :) Really, I use everything from juice to fresh fruit purees with whole bits of fruit in there.

Also, using and reusing ice lolly moulds when you make your own helps reduce waste!  If you're interested, I've found a great BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free option at VUP Baby

My mom sent along a recipe for Blueberry Banana Yogurt Popsicles. (I think they’re from Martha Stewart but can't be sure.) I’ve simplified the original recipe and have excluded any sugar for my toddler. 
  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas 
  • 1 1/2 cups yogurt 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon or orange 
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 

In the bowl of a food processor, puree bananas until smooth. Add yogurt, and lemon juice; pulse to combine. Remove half of the yogurt mixture; set aside.

Add blueberries to processor, and pulse until just combined. Layer blueberry and reserved yogurt mixtures into ten 1/3 cup ice-pop molds. Using a wooden skewer, swirl the two flavors together. Insert ice-pop sticks. Transfer to freezer until frozen, about 8 hours

And don't forget to dip the molds quickly in hot water to make it a heck of a lot easier to unmold.

More combos try:
Raspberries and yogurt 
Raspberry Puree with water, mint and limes
Mango and Orange (4 large ripe mangoes and 1 cup orange juice)

Do you have any recipes you'd like to share?


  1. A favorite in this house is: peel and chop a banana in two. Insert a stick or fork, or whatever, in one end. Freeze! Eat and enjoy.
    Another favorite is a bowl of grapes in the freezer.

  2. oh! can't wait to try the frozen banana! Such a good idea! And I LOVE frozen grapes! Thanks!!

  3. I love this idea! Gonna try it soon!! :)
    PS: I didn't know you has a blog!! And I misss youuu!!!