Berry-licious Popsicles

Whew, some weather we’ve had, huh?  When it gets warm like this, I know that all I want to cook and/or eat are fresh, raw foods – it’s like my body craves the extra moisture!  When faced with choosing a recipe this week, cooking was the farthest thing from my mind.  Terry, the Cordata Store Manager was like “why don’t you make popsicles”?  “Genius” I replied!

Popsicles are great because you don’t really need a recipe to make them (although I did create one!).  You can make a popsicle out of any beverage that will freeze, and you can add every fruit I can think of.  Local berries are starting to come into full swing, so my decision was made (that, and local company Remlinger Farms gave us some free frozen local berries to use for demos!).

I wanted to make two varieties, so I chose lemonade (for a more sour popsicle) and concord grape juice (for a sweeter version) as my two bases – and they are both on sale right now!.  I simply threw a bunch of handfuls of berries in the blender, and added juice as I pureed them until I thought it tasted right.  I poured them into 3 oz. sample cups, and put them in our zero degree freezer – before you could say heat-wave, I had dozens of delicious thirst and heat quenchers.

These are healthy treats for adults and kids alike!  You are only limited by your imagination…

Berry-licious Popsicles

Berry-licious Popsicles

INGREDIENTS

1—4 c Assorted berries

32 oz Fruit Juice (lemonade or other)

Optional Ingredients:

1 c Yogurt

Sweetener (sugar, agave, honey, etc.)

Over-ripe bananas

Watermelon

Use your imagination!

Instructions

1. Wash berries thoroughly.

2. Combine berries with juice in blender or food processor, and blend until combined.  Add yogurt if using.  (You may need to do this in a couple batches, depending on the size of your blender.)

3. Taste the mixture and decide if you need to add any sweetener (you probably won’t)

4. Pour mixture into small Dixie cups or popsicle molds.

5. If you are using cups, add toothpicks or popsicle sticks after they have partially frozen.

6. Freeze.

7. Once frozen, remove from cups/molds and enjoy!  (It is helpful to run them under warm water for a second to help loosen them from the mold.)

Popsicles are pretty basic—you can make them out of almost any beverage without adding anything else to the mix!  You can get really creative and don’t really need to rely on a recipe—your taste buds are the best gauge.

If adults are your audience, try sangria popsicles, or your favorite blended drink (margarita popsicles anyone?).

If kids are your audience, you can add overripe bananas, or plop some whole berries in the bottom of the popsicle mold and then pour juice on top—and get the kids involved!  This is a fun recipe to give them the reins on—they might surprise you with all the healthy things they want to add!

Tip—I prefer using a blender because it is easier to pour into your molds

Berry-licious Popsicles PDF

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