Healthy, homemade popsicles are a cool treat and a clever way to up your child’s intake of fruits and veggies. Here are 13 simple popsicle recipes that are kid-friendly and easy to make. Make extra; you’re going to want some too!
Swirly Strawberry Creamsicles
This fruit-sweetened frozen novelty is a hit: Yogurt popsicles are packed with protein and calcium. Mix them with your favorite berries (fresh or frozen) to create this picture-perfect, yummy treat. This recipe uses medjool dates for sweetness, instead of honey, so it's safe for kids under a year old. Find the recipe at Mama Papa Bubba.
abies get their daily dose of vegetables with these pops. The Kids Activities Blog shares recipes such as Berry Red Veggie, Orange Carrot Mango and Lime Green Popsicles (spoiler: this one includes iron-rich spinach!).
Yogurt and Veggie Popsicles
These brightly colored popsicles are full of calcium and vitamins, thanks to the yogurt, veggies and fruits. Kristin from Live Simply has created three popsicle recipes: Orange Delight (carrots, strawberry, mango), Green Dinosaur (spinach, bananas, pineapple) and Tickle-Me-Red (beets, strawberry, banana). If your child is under age one, swap out the honey for maple syrup.
Your babe will get to taste the rainbow with these beautiful frozen treats. There's prep work involved to blend and then layer smoothies in each of the rainbow colors, so save this one for a special occasion like a birthday or holiday. Get the recipe at The First Year Blog.
Here's a tasty treat for breastfed babes that also provides instant teething relief. Pour pumped breast milk into the cap of a pacifier (1 to 2 ounces per cap), then insert pacifier and freeze for 3-4 hours.
Strawberry and Yogurt Popsicles
Consider this a baby-fied version of the summer favorite strawberries with whipped cream. Full-fat vanilla yogurt replaces cream in this version and adds a little sweetness. Head to Pint Sized Baker for the recipe.
Pea & Spinach Green Smoothie Popsicle
This green machine combines peas, spinach, Greek yogurt, banana and chia seeds for a powerhouse snack that includes vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, manganese and fiber. Head to My Fussy Eater for the recipe.
Super Kale Pops
Kale has many health benefits, including a high amount of fiber that can aid your little one's digestion. Super Healthy Kids blends the greens with frozen berries to sweeten them up.
Fruit and Veggie Pops
PeaWee Kiwi Pops
As you can guess from the cute name, these ice pops combine peas and kiwi for green, speckled goodness. Peas are packed with nutrients including protein and vitamins K, C and B6. Kiwis add vitamin E and potassium to the popsicle party. Get the recipe on Weelicious.
One Ingredient Fruit Popsicles
It’s as easy at sounds, and endlessly customizable. Freeze your babe's favorite fruits and serve to your babe! Slice larger fruits like pineapple and watermelon into long pieces. Keep smaller fruits like strawberries, mangoes and bananas whole. If you’re feeling fancy, insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of the fruit so it’s easier for baby (or you) to hold. Freeze for 3-4 hours and enjoy.
Here's another easy one that kids love, and all you need are frozen peas and a popsicle mold. These pops look so cool, kids will love gnawing them to get at the frozen peas. Find out how to make them at Weelicious.
What’s your favorite ice pop recipe? Share it below.
— Katie Taylor