Monday, June 7, 2010

Fun Frozen Pop Recipes

I'm reposting this one from a year ago and joining Mary Joy's Low Cost Summer Family Fun Party @ Snapshots from your Heart & Home.
Mary Joy will be taking a little blogging break, but could use some encouragement...please go visit her and leave her a comment (read the most recent post in addition to the Summer Fun party).

I imagine that most of us have some of those popsicle molds. I know it’s easier, and pretty inexpensive, just to buy some frozen pops. But it’s also pretty easy, and perhaps a little more healthful, to make your own. If you get the kids to help, it’ll keep them occupied for a few minutes, anyway.

I have an old piece of notebook paper in my recipe file, on which I copied several popsicle recipes from a magazine when I was about twelve. I thought I’d share a few to get you going. (I’m sure I don’t really need to point this out, but after combining the ingredients, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.)

Purple Cow (one of my favorites) Whisk 1 cup milk with 3/4 cup grape juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup lemon juice.

Quick Berry Puree in blender 3 1/4 cups fresh or unsweetened thawed frozen strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.

Pop Banana Puree in blender 1 1/4 cups orange juice and 1 cut-up large banana.

Cafe au Lait Boil 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp instant coffee for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup half-and-half. (I actually have never made these, although I'm wondering why not. I'll definitely try them this summer. In case the half-and-half scares you, my notes say these are only 65 calories each, but I don't see why you couldn't just use milk to make it lighter.)

Creamy Peanut Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter, then 1 cup milk.

Pineapple Yogurt Whisk smooth 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup pineapple juice, and 1 tsp sugar.

Enjoy, and keep cool!


Rustown Mom said...

Yay! I'm gonna add popsicle molds onto my list and start making my own. It will be fun to get the boys into thinking up recipes, too! Thanks!

Becky said...

can't wait to try these...thanks! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

MMmmmmm!!!! My girls love popsicles, and I try to buy no-sugar ones, but I think even those had "bad things" in them. :s I ought to try these homemade ones!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the recipes! My son and I make these with all kinds of yogurt! He likes orange and vanilla. I'd like to try it with the new chocolate raspberry yogurt. :)

amber waves of grain said...

YUM! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

ooo YUM.... just got out the good ol' tupperware POP molds. They were mine when I was a kid. My kids love yogurt. (You can even mix a little wheat germ in there (they never know it is healthy) It gives it an interesting texture.... Plain old OJ is really refreshing as well. YUM
Cant wait to try the Purple Cow. Sounds Great!

thegreengirl said...

Perfect, I've been looking for some great summer fun recipes, thanks!

Jenny said...

Oooh, the Purple Cow and the Pineapple yoghurt sound like a must when summer hits downunder!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

The pineapple ones sound delicious!

Also, just plain orange juice, or lemonade, is awesome as well.

I make popsicles 3-4 times a week in the summer. My children's new favorite is chocolate pudding popsicles.

Mary Joy said...

Holly, you are such a sweetheart and a great blogging girlfriend!!! Thank you!!! I've been out of the loop for a bit but and slowing getting my wings back...wanted to stop by and thank you for your encouragement and support!! I am almost ready to get Snapshots from my heart and home back up and running! Thanks for not giving up on me! :-)