Making Fruit Popsicles

It’s about time for another recipe! Once spring shows up, I am ready for sunshine, and with sunshine comes ice cream. However, since the birth of my daughter, I’ve really started paying attention to what we eat, and looking for alternatives to sweets with all the extra sugar. Enter fruit popsicles. These have been a favorite around here since my miss was old enough to have them. They take some prep time, but they are so worth it!

You’ll need:

  • A food processor
  • Spatula
  • A small sieve/strainer and spoon
  • Paring knife
  • Fruit
  • Any additional flavorings (I used chocolate sauce, peanut butter, and Nutella)
  • Popsicle molds/forms

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Gather all your fruit. I used strawberries, raspberries, and bananas for mine – all the house faves!

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I made the raspberries first. Put a bunch in the food processor – I didn’t measure, but I’d say I used about 1 Cup worth.

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Since mine were frozen, I had to stop and scrape the edges several times, and I added in a bit of hot water to thaw them as they processed, and made a puree.

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Now, the tedious part. Sieving out the seeds. I put scoopfuls of the raspberry puree into the sieve, and mashed it all around with a spoon repeatedly until only seeds were left. It takes time, but is so worth it to have lovely smooth popsicles.

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Then I poured it into my popsicle molds. I made one just plain raspberry, then filled the other halfway so I could mix it with strawberry.

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Then I started on strawberries! After taking off the stems, toss them in the food processor until you get a puree.

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Then sieve just like the raspberries. For the strawberry, I filled the rest of the half-raspberry to make a mixed berry pop, and filled another empty halfway to make strawberry-banana.

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For the rest, I mixed it with some chocolate sauce to make a chocolate-strawberry pop – YUM!

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Onto bananas, which seemed so easy since there are no seeds to sieve out! Just puree and go. Banana is my favorite, so I made the most variety.

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From top left, clockwise: Banana-chocolate-peanut butter, strawberry banana, banana-chocolate, and banana-Nutella.

And there you have it! Toss in the freezer for a few hours, or overnight as we did, and you have a delicious not-too-sweet treat. We use all natural peanut butter, so there is no added sugar there. The chocolate syrup does have sugar, but since I homemake that too (click here for the recipe I use!) at least there is no HFCS!

The best part is, my little thinks we are having ice cream popsicles, and thinks it’s the biggest treat to just have one in the afternoon. She watches me make them, but any frozen treat to her is ‘ice cream’ so that’s a bonus!

I hope you enjoy some – let me know what fruit combos you use! I have yet to try kiwi, but I think it could be delicious!

-Kayly

Fun Fact Friday & Raspberry Picking

Raspberry picking is one of my absolute favorite parts of summer. There is nothing better than seeing endless rows of berries ripe and ready to eat. It also helps that raspberries are not only my favorite berry, but also my favorite fruit. They are just delicious.

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So naturally, now that picking season has started me and my little miss packed up with Mimi and headed down to a local farm for picking!

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Pick, pick, picking.

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She was very excited to find this little mushroom.

And now, since it is Fun Fact Friday, some facts about raspberries.

  • The tiny hairs on raspberries are called ‘styles’.
  • Greek mythology says that raspberries were all once white. One day a nymph was picking berries for Zeus and pricked her finger on a thorn, staining them red with her blood forever.
  • Raspberries have historically been associated with pregnancy and childbirth – Native Americans believed the juice from raspberries would help with nausea and complications during birth.
  • Raspberries come in many colors, including red, purple, black, and gold.

I generally don’t bake with my raspberries – odd, I know, since I do love to bake. But I really like them just plain, by themselves, from the fridge. Yum, yum, YUM!

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I do, however, freeze my raspberries. This year my goal is to (mostly) fill my freezer with them so they last well into the winter. They are one of my little misses favorite desserts, but they are so just SO expensive from the the store, especially in the off season. And they never taste as good as freshly picked.  We spread them out on cookie sheets to freeze them, then load them into baggies or containers and they last for months that way. My little girl loves them frozen, so hopefully we’ll have enough to last awhile. As of this post I’ve already picked 6 pints. I think we’ll get in one more trip before the end of the season though.

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So many rows of berries – yum!

Do you enjoy berry picking in the summer season?

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