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Refreshing Homemade Popsicles

The celebration of July 4th brings summer sun, barbecues, and a host of activities. If you’re planning on gathering with friends or family, the menu often includes burgers, hot dogs, and some cold beers. Basically, meals on July 4th don’t have to be anything fancy to stay on theme.


As a refreshing treat for Independence Day, try these delicious homemade popsicles. They have no extra sugar and are sweetened with honey, so you can enjoy them without worrying about additives. Plus, with fresh fruit and yogurt, they're nutritious too. Below are two different recipes, Strawberry Yogurt and Watermelon, that are guaranteed to please.

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Ingredients

Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

  • 3 cups strawberries, pureed to 1 ½ cup
  • 3 cups peaches, peeled and sliced, pureed to 1 ½ cup
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • ⅔ cup vanilla greek yogurt

Minty Watermelon Popsicles

  • 3 cups watermelon slices, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

  1. In a blender, puree strawberries with four teaspoons honey then set aside. Clean blender, puree sliced peaches with two teaspoons of honey, set aside.
  2. Layer the popsicles as follows; 2 teaspoons strawberry puree, 1 teaspoon yogurt, 2 teaspoons peach puree and repeat. Make a fruit puree your last layer.
  3. Tap the mold on the counter to make sure all of the layers settle. Use a small spoon to drag vertically from the bottom to the top of the mold a few times to create a swirled pattern.
  4. Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Minty Watermelon Popsicles

  1. In a blender, puree 2 ½ cups diced watermelon pieces, mint leaves, coconut water, lime juice, and honey. Cut the remaining ½ cup watermelon slices into ¼-inch cubes.
  2. Evenly divide the diced watermelon into the molds, tapping them down to the bottom.
  3. Stir the popsicle mixture then evenly divide it among the popsicle molds.
  4. Insert the popsicle sticks, if it does not stay in place use a piece of tape to hold them into place. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
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