These 15 Homemade and Healthy Popsicles are great summer treats for your toddlers and kids! Made with fresh fruit, natural sweeteners and some even have hidden-veggies 😉. Plus – I have a guide on the easiest way to make and freeze popsicles!
These healthy and homemade popsicles are the perfect way to keep your little ones cool 🏖 all summer long!
Packed with wholesome foods such as – fresh fruits, natural sweeteners, plain yogurt and even hidden veggies!
To me, popsicles are a fun way to serve nutrient dense foods without the kiddos even knowing about it! I guess I’m sneaky like that 😜.
I’m also a firm believer that on a hot summer day ☀️ these healthy popsicles can be served for any meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, snacks and most importantly dessert. I mean you gotta beat the heat somehow!
Best Popsicles Molds for Toddlers and Kids
- Zoku Mini Mold: I LOVE these mini popsicle molds for toddlers and younger kids. They are the perfect size for smaller tummies plus they have the drip guard on them, so they aren’t as messy 😉 (similar version). Zoku also makes cute dino molds, space pop molds and fish pop molds – all of which my kids love. Zoku products seem to always sell out fast – these cute dino, monsters, penguins and swords popsicle shapes are fun as well.
- Squeezable Summer Pops: just like reusable push-pops! Comes with great storage tray and spill-resistant lids.
- Zoki Classic Popsicle Mold: are great for kids that want more than the mini version. They still have a drip guard, so again, not so messy! (similar version)
- Silicone Ice Pops Tray: such a cute and fun popsicle tray. I found the popsicles were super easy to remove from this tray!
Easy Guide on How to Make Popsicles
- Mix together all of the ingredients – either in a 2-cup measuring cup or a blender. If making the hidden-veggie popsicles you are going to want to blend the mixture in a blender for at least 1-2 minutes or until the veggies are completely broken down.
- Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds of your choice.
- Place the popsicles molds into the freezer – the colder the better.
- Freeze for 5 hours or preferably overnight.
- Take the however many popsicles you want out of the molds.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips on Making Homemade Popsicles
- Unfreezing: the fastest way to get the popsicles out of the molds is by simply running the mold under warm water for 10-15 seconds.
- Sweetener: I like to use honey, maple syrup or agave nectar to sweeten my popsicles, rather than refined sugar. Using a touch of natural sweetener makes them healthier (especially from store-bought brands) and I find it doesn’t compromise the texture at all. If serving to babies under 1 year – omit the honey and use a touch of maple syrup if needed.
- No Molds – No Problem: if you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can simply use leftover yogurt containers, muffin tins, ice cube trays, baby puree trays, disposable paper cups, or even a loaf pan! If you can’t get the sticks to stay upright, simply cover the mold you are using with aluminum foil and then poke your sticks through.
- Hidden-Veggies: of course I am going to love making popsicles with hidden-veggies! I mean the little ones will never know they are in there, plus they add in a boost of nutrients. To make them undetectable, make sure you blend your popsicle mixture for at least 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Yield of Recipe: some molds are bigger or smaller than others. So it’s important to know that you may have to double or triple some recipes depending on the size of your molds and how many popsicles you are making. I have always found that if I make too much popsicle mixture my kids are happy to drink it like a smoothie for me;)
Healthy Recipes for Toddlers + Kids
MORE POPSICLES WE LOVE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
Coconut Blueberry Smash Pops by Wallflower Kitchen
Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles by One Lovely Life
Peaches and Cream Popsicles by Bigger Bolder Baking
Cucumber Lime Mint Paletas by A Saucy Kitchen
Rainbow Pops by Bigger Bolder Baking
Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Pops by Home Cooking Memories
Pineapple, Mango and Basil Popsicles by Eating Good 4 Life
Strawberry Coconut Water Popsicles by Recipe Runner
Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles by Alana Jones-Mann
Kiwi Coconut Chia Seed Popsicles by The Little Epicurean
Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops by Baker By Nature
And for YOU.. after the kiddos go to bed;)
Sangria Popsicle by The Novice Chef Blog