Four healthy homemade frozen treats

It is HOT here in West Michigan, and nothing cools you better on a hot day than a frozen treat.

Here are some recipes for quick, easy, healthy cold snacks that the whole family will love.  You can make them in traditional popsicle molds (be sure they are BPA free) or just use cups or small mason jars and popsicle sticks.

1. Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

What’s better than ice cream?  Ice cream on a stick!  This simple recipe comes together in minutes.  Stir in fruit or chocolate chips for an extra special treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Method of Preparation

Blend all ingredients and pour into molds or cups.  Freeze until solid.

Optional: Fold chopped fresh fruit or mini chocolate chips into the mix before pouring into molds.

2. Frozen Cheesecake Pops

This easy recipe gives you the flavor of cheesecake in frozen form. Plus it’s full of probiotics. You can use any fruit you like and blend it in or keep it whole. To make these really healthy use homemade yogurt and graham crackers!

Ingredients

1 cup plain full fat yogurt
1/4 cup full fat sour cream
1/4 cup cream or whole milk (optional)
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. honey
3/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (or any fruit you like)
3/4 cups crushed graham crackers (preferably homemade…even better use soaked)

Method of Preparation

1. Crush graham crackers into pea size pieces (you can do this easily by pulsing them in the food processor a few times or do it by hand).

2. Combine yogurt, sour cream, syrup and honey. To make a blended pop, place this mixture in a food processor or blender with the fruit and blend. If keeping the fruit whole, simply mix it all by hand.

3. Pour yogurt/fruit mixture over graham crackers and mix.

4. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds or cups with popsicle sticks and freeze until solid.

 

3. Pudding Pops

Turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.  Simply prepare the pudding, let it cool and freeze it.  I use this great recipe for homemade pudding from Heavenly Homemakers.  (you can use your favorite recipe)  Try vanilla, chocolate or butterscotch.

Better yet, mix a couple flavors for a swirled pudding pop!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup rapadura or 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Method of Preparation

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, egg yolks, rapadura or maple syrup, cocoa, arrowroot powder and salt.

2. Cook over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY until pudding begins to thicken.

3. Remove immediately from the heat, and continue to stir until pudding is creamy.

4. Add butter and vanilla and continue to stir until mixed.

5. Let the pudding cool for about 30 minutes and pour into popsicle molds or cups (insert sticks).  Freeze until solid.
 

4. Fresh Fruit Popsicles

homemade popsiclesBlend your favorite fruit for a nutritious snack.

  • In season fruit – Strawberries, watermelon, peaches, blueberries, raspberries (or any combination)
  • Honey to taste (if fruit is not very sweet)

Method of Preparation

1. Puree fruit in a blender until smooth.

2. Strain seeds for berry popsicles if desired.

3. Mix in honey if fruit is not sweet enough.

4. Pour into popsicle molds or cups with popsicle sticks.

5. Freeze until solid.

 

Try one (or all!) of these frozen treats to beat the heat!

What are your favorite ways to prepare homemade popsicles?


Mary Voogt is a follower of Christ, a wife, and a mother of two. After 6 years as an electrical engineer she now stays home full time. She is passionate about real food and enjoys spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking from scratch. She blogs at Homemade Dutch Apple Pie on a variety of topics including digestive issues, OCD, anxiety, infertility, natural parenting and healthy food.