In summer we make our own kids popsicle almost every day.
My son loves eating popsicle and I think the homemade ice cream is much healthier, than the one you can buy at the supermarket.
The recipe is for strawberry pops, but you can replace the strawberries and use any other fruits such as honey dew, water melon, and cherries. If you use fruits with little juice like bananas or apples, you need to add more water or milk to the recipe until you get the desired consistency.
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On a side note
Personally I prefer the hard plastic molds with the broad grips that you can see in the picture above. They're easier to handle for little hands. Make sure though, that they're BPA-free! This is important for the health and safety of your children.
We sometimes also use the silicone molds (picture to the left), but they're not ideal for toddlers.
My son continually drops the ice cream popsicle when trying to squeeze it upwards. Then we have to pick it up and put it back into the mold or throw it away and get a new one. Well, they say that "eating dirt is good for the immune system", don't they?
1. Wash the fruit and cut into 2-inch chunks.
2. Put fruit and water or milk into a blender. Blend until smooth. Depending on the desired consistency you may add more water or milk.
3. Add sugar into the blender and blend again. This step is optional. Some fruits like bananas don't need sugar at all, for others such as strawberries it depends on your own liking. We never use sugar, and the kids still love our homemade popsicles.
4. Fill mixture into ice pop molds almost up to the top. Leave just a bit of empty space to make room for the plastic cover that will be put inside.
5. Close the lids of the ice cream molds and put into freezer for at least 12 hours.
6. Wait until frozen and then eat :-)
This kids popsicle recipe is very easy to prepare, but with smaller children and toddlers it can become quite messy. Help them when pouring the mixture into the molds to avoid a mess.
As the waiting time is quite long until the ice cream is frozen, I recommend you leave a little bit of extra mixture and hand it to your little ones as a smoothie to drink instantly. This will help you to avoid nagging and asking for the popsicles every 2 minutes.