8 Healthy Popsicle Recipes

Published: July 20th, 2016 |
Author: Sally Kuzemchak

Try these simple ideas for do-it-yourself freezer pops.


Eating popsicles is high on the list of summer activities my kids enjoy. I used to buy them by the box, but lately I’ve been making them myself. That way, I know what goes into them (like fruit) and what doesn’t (like artificial colors).

There's plenty of freezer pop gear that makes it fun for kids and simple for you. Here are the two molds I own:

If you don’t have official ice pop molds, you can also use small paper cups: Pour mixture into cups, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil, punch a hole in the top and insert a popsicle stick, and freeze.

Need some ideas on how to fill them? Here are eight:

  • Pour unfinished juice from cartons or juice boxes into molds. You can make simple layered pops by filling the molds halfway with one kind of juice, letting them freeze, then filling the rest of the way with another kind.
  • Use juice that’s left from canned fruit.
  • Fill molds with leftover applesauce.
  • Make a little extra smoothie in the morning for popsicles.
  • Combine vanilla yogurt and fruit (or plain yogurt with jam or honey) for simple yogurt pops.
  • Have a watermelon in the fridge? Make these One Ingredient Watermelon Pops from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.
  • Whip up creamy Key Lime Pops from Food for My Family.
  • Try one of these 100 calorie freezer pop recipes from Eating Well.

Do you have a favorite way to make freezer pops? I’d love to hear about it!

—Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

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