Real fruit popsicles are made with fresh or frozen fruit. These popsicles are delicious and easy to make! What is even better, real fruit popsicles are a healthy summer recipe that is fun to make with kids!
Are you like me and see fresh fruit in the grocery store and get super excited? I bring home tons of fruit with good intentions but then eat less than half of it. Then sadly the rest is thrown out.
A few years ago, to reduce food waste, I started making real fruit popsicles. It is so much better than throwing away fruit. There are all kinds of recipes using specific fruit, but honestly, I mix whatever fruit I have on hand into a popsicle. In this particular fruit popsicle, I mixed blueberries, pomegranate, and a couple of sad raspberries. The result was a fun fruity combination!
What makes it even sweeter (pun intended) I always have a healthy sweet fruit treat on hand. So instead of ice cream, I eat fruit. It makes these real fruit popsicles are a win/win!
Real Fruit Popsicle Recipes
I use the recipe chart below when making fruit popsicles. The chart helps me to make the number of popsicles according to how much extra fruit I have. The recipe using 1 cup of fruit makes between 9 - 12 ounces of liquid. The average popsicle mold is 3 ounces in size, thus making 3 - 4 popsicles
|15 ounces||1 cup||½ lemon juiced||2 tablespoons||¼ cup||pinch|
|30 ounces||2 cups||1 lemon juiced||¼ cup||½ cup||pinch|
|45 ounces||3 cups||1 ½ lemon's juiced||⅓ cup + |
When it comes to making popsicles you have many choices in molds. Here are a few options:
- There are many plastic molds available. I purchased mine through Amazon. However, you can find molds at many large retailers.
- Zero waste molds are a great alternative to plastic molds. Honestly, right after I bought my mold on Amazon, I wished I had bought the zero waste version. Here is a link to a store near my home. They specialize in zero waste, and I try to shop for them as often as I can.
- An alternative is the old-school dixie cup. Pour the fruit mixture into the dixie cup, cover with tinfoil, and insert with a craft stick. Doesn't that bring a smile to your face thinking about it?
Unmolding and Storage
Unmoldng the popsicles can vary on the type of mold used. If you used a plastic or a metal mold, you might need to run it under warm water for 10 seconds. Just enough to lose it.
If you used a paper cup, simply use a pair of kitchen scissors and cut the paper away from the popsicle.
To store the popsicles, place the frozen popsicles on a baking sheet and freeze for an additional 1 - 2 hours. Once the popsicles are frozen solid, place them in a freezer bag. I then like to place the popsicles into a storage container to protect them.
Real Fruit Popsicles
- Popsicle mold or dixie cups
- Craft sticks
- 1 cup fruit, frozen or fresh
- ½ lemon, fresh squeezed
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
- ¼ cup fruit juice
- 1 pinch salt
- Blend: Place all ingedients in a blender and blend to desired texture.
- Mold: Pour all ingredients into mold. Insert craft sick and freeze for at least six hours.
- Unmold: Unmold and enjoy. You might need to run the mold under warm water for the popsicle to release.