Refreshing Ice Pops to Beat the Heat

By Colleen McTiernan | Photo by Allison Raber

Nothing beats a cold, refreshing ice pop during the dog days of summer. But storebought pops can be chockfull of sugar and chemical-based additives, depending on the brand you choose. The main ingredients in these homemade ice pops are fruits, so there is no need to worry when indulging in these sweet treats! All you need for the following recipes is tasty ingredients, a plastic ice pop mold and some sticks.

Mango-Banana Ice Pops | Makes about eight 4-ounce pops

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups mango, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and then pour the mixture into your ice pop molds. Insert your sticks into your molds and freeze until solid.

Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Pops | Makes about eight 4-ounce pops

  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cup lemonade

Blend the strawberries and lemonade together until smooth and then pour the mixture into your ice pop molds. Insert your sticks into your molds and freeze until solid.

Mixed Berry Ice Pops | Makes about eight 4-ounce pops

  • 12 ounces raspberries
  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 12 ounces blackberries

Blend the ingredients together until smooth and then strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds. Pour the mixture into your ice pop molds. Insert your sticks into your molds and freeze until solid.

Giggle Tip:  Having trouble getting your frozen ice pops out? Simply dip them in a bowl of warm water for 30 seconds to loosen them from their molds!