Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Can the weather have multiple personality disorder? We had frost last week, shorts weather over the weekend and next week will plunge back to highs of 50-something. I am going to stop
trying to plan planning and just keep Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles in the freezer!
But summer will come—and I’m determined to take full advantage!
Right now I am working on recipes for sweet treats that also include healthy fruit! Isn’t that a perfect summer mission? (Or even if you have leftover frozen local fruit from last year ;-).)
Have you heard the news about teen fruit consumption and breast cancer risk? In a recent study, teen girls who got 2.9 daily servings of fruit had a 25% lower risk of breast cancer as adults. Another reason to count your 5-9 servings a day—and convert your desserts to fruit-filled.
While I am also trying to reduce added sugar, these Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles include maple syrup because the lemon juice needed a little sweetening–and it is really easy to work with a liquid sweetener. If you don’t have real maple syrup, you can use honey or make your own liquid sweetener by heating the water and equivalent sugar ahead of time, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then refrigerate until cool and blend with the remaining ingredients.
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles are super simple to make. Just whir up the ingredients in the blender, pour into molds, and freeze until solid. If the recipe makes too much (or you increase for a bigger popsicle mold size and have extra), the leftovers make a delicious mini-smoothie. No molds? You can always freeze in small paper cups or even use a larger container and scoop out (after thawing slightly) of there. (And I have seriously considered trying this in an ice cream freezer for a sorbet.)
- 6 ounces cored strawberries - see note
- ¾ cup water
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or other sweetener)
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh or frozen, not bottled, about 2-3 lemons)
- Blend ingredients in a blender until well-pureed.
- Pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours, until solid.
- I prefer frozen berries which reduces any tendency for the juice and pulp to separate while freezing. For fresh, this is about half of a 1 lb container after coring the berries.
- The amount fits my 6-unit popsicle molds as well as the vintage Tupperware molds.
- Calorie count should be about 58/popsicle
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These are great-tasting, nutritious (with no unnecessary chemicals), and so easy.
Thanks Claudia! And so happy we are getting back to popsicle season!
These are the best treat to soothe the heat…they sure look great Inger…
I am always happy to have something refreshing that I don’t need to feel guilty eating! Juliana
i’ve been thinking about getting some popsicle molds but haven’t taken the plunge yet. this idea might just push me firmly into purchase mode–what a refreshing treat!
Everyone should have popsicle molds Grace! I hate to admit it, but I have 3 sets though one I bought at a school rummage sale so that (almost) doesn’t count.
Absolutely delicious ! I love popsicles. !
It’s hard not to love popsicles isn’t it Gloria! Truthfully I even like the commercial variety.
This recipe is especially perfect now, as the temperatures are rising here in the desert. How refreshing!
You would have a longer popsicle season than we do David! Not that I’m above munching an occasional popsicle in the winter 😉
Looks like a real tasty treat for summer!
Now that I’m virtually out of frozen strawberries, I need to find a really good apple popsicle (trying, just haven’t gotten there yet).
Yes, I agree with you–the weather does have multiple personalities. Multiple! It’s a good thing you posted this delicious-looking popsicle recipe because it’s nice & warm today, isn’t it, in our neck of the woods? I like the way you’ve integrated fruit in with the snack.
I am glad I made these during a warm spell. Now that it’s gotten a bit colder again. Though I admit I hate to air condition, so…
Definitely going to be trying out this recipe soon!
I need to remember to buy extra local fruit this year so I can freeze it too – that is such a great idea!
I really recommend it Lynn–even when I overbuy it’s (mostly) fun!