In order to avoid lots of unwanted dyes and added sugar, I make my own homemade rainbow fruit popsicles! Full of fruit & yogurt, they’re a healthy treat!
My husband and son are two peas in a pod when it comes to popsicles….they are both obsessed and absolutely addicted. I do not really understand their infatuation since I’m not a big fan of popsicles, but they could each eat multiple ones per day.
At first I was fine with this because my toddler was teething and popsicles seemed to soothe his teeth quite a bit. However, he recently started getting a rash around his mouth which we linked to a certain brand of red popsicles. In order to avoid further rashes, as well as lots of unwanted dyes and added sugar, I decided I was going to make my own homemade popsicles!
Now I have to say, this particular recipe was a bit more work than I would have liked since I had to make 5 different layers, but they turned out beautiful, delicious, and have been a great way to help teach our son about different colors! You could easily increase any one layer of this recipe by 3 or 4 to make the entire popsicle that flavor (e.g. use about 15-20 strawberries and 5 TBS of Greek Yogurt for creamy strawberry popsicles).
I used small cups and straws as make-shift molds, but to be honest, the small cups produced a popsicle that was a bit too large for my toddler to easily handle and eat. For my next round of homemade popsicles, I purchased this mold and I am very excited to use it. I hope to start making different types of healthy popsicles for my husband and son to enjoy.
Also, I added a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt to this recipe to sneak some protein and dairy into my son’s diet – but if you need this to be lactose free or vegan, you could easily sub soy or almond milk. I also snuck in a few spinach leaves and I’m hoping to think of a few more creative ways to work veggies into my son’s diet through popsicles.
HOMEMADE RAINBOW FRUIT POPSICLES
Makes about 6 popsicles.
- Red layer: 5 large strawberries (stems removed) and 1 TBS Greek yogurt
- Orange layer: 1 large orange (peeled) and 1 TBS Greek yogurt
- Yellow layer (which turned out orange): 1 large peach (peeled) and 1 TBS Greek yogurt
- Green layer: Half of a green apple, 5 baby spinach leaves, and 1 TBS Greek yogurt
- Blue/Purple layer: 1 cup blueberries and 1 TBS Greek yogurt
Step 1: Put red ingredients in food processor (We love our Ninja!) and blend until smooth. Spread red mixture evenly across popsicle molds (about 1 – 1.5 TBS in each) of red mixture into each popsicle mold. Place in freezer so it starts to set while next layer is being prepared.
Step 2: Rinse out food processor, prepare orange layer, and divide evenly among popsicle molds. Place in freezer so it starts to set while next layer is being prepared.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 for yellow, green, and blue/purple layers.
Step 4: Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours. When they are done, run mold under warm water for a few seconds so it releases popsicle.
Note: If you have popsicle molds, you will likely need less of each ingredient. You can pour remaining into a glass and drink as a smoothie or reduce the recipe.
I hope you enjoy!