Fresh fruit popsicles made with real fruit are so delicious and they’re really easy to make! This is an easy and healthy summer recipe that’s fun and delicious – and also helps keep you cool during those hot summer months!
Real Fruit Popsicles
These fresh fruit popsicles are such a colourful and delicious way to stay cool this summer! These all natural treats are seriously gorgeous and they’re so easy to make! They make a great summer treat, afternoon snack, or even a breakfast for the road.
My kids LOVE popsicles and didn’t even notice that these all fruit popsicles are actually super healthy! This is a fun recipe for kids and toddlers to learn how to make popsicles.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Them:
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Apple Juice
You can find popsicle molds and popsicle sticks on Amazon, at Walmart, or sometimes even at the grocery store. Here are affiliate links to products on Amazon that are similar to what we used:
What kinds of fruit can you put into fresh fruit popsicles?
You can add pretty much any fruit to these ice pops! So take a look inside your fridge to see what you have!
Here’s a list of fruits that you can try:
Some fruits are naturally sweeter than others. So if you’re making your popsicles with a fruit like blackberries or grapefruit that tend not to be very sweet, you might want to add a tablespoon or two of sugar or honey into the juice before you add it to the mold.
What kind of popsicle molds do you need?
Any kind of popsicle mold that’s big enough to fit chopped fruit will work to make fruit popsicles.
We recommend using a mold that has flat sides so the fruit can press right up against the sides of the mold. The main benefit is that you’ll be able to see the fruit more clearly on the side of the popsicle when the juice freezes – which really just makes them look prettier.
What kind of juice works best for homemade fruit popsicles?
Clear juices like apple juice, grape juice, lemonade or even cranberry juice work really nicely in homemade fruit popsicles. Orange juice will also work, but it might hide the fruit a little bit when it freezes.
No juice? You can also use milk, iced tea, or clear soda like Sprite, or ginger ale.
Don’t they look gorgeous?! So bright, beautiful and fresh looking! Yum!
They’re so fresh and summery! And did I mention that they taste amazing too? A sweet berry combination of summer flavours and a great way to stay cool!
How to Make Fruit Popsicles
When you’re making your popsicles, try to fill each mold with as much fruit as you can get into it. Make sure you have two layers of fruit – one on each side of the mold. Use a popsicle stick to push the fruit to one side of the mold so you can add more to other side. Just work it all in there.
Then you can use blueberries and raspberries to fill in the empty spaces. Ours were definitely overflowing with fruit when we were done!
The more pressed against the side you can get the fruit, the better it will look in the end! It’s okay for it to not be perfect – it really won’t make a huge difference – just do your best to pack as much fruit inside as you can!
Fresh Fruit Popsicles | Fruit Salad Ice Pops
- 2 Kiwis
- 2 Peaches
- 1 cup Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Raspberries
- 1/2 cup Blueberries
- 2 cups Apple Juice
- Peel and slice the kiwis and peaches into 1/4" slices. Slice the strawberries into thirds.
- Carefully press the strawberry, kiwi and peach slices against the sides and bottom of each mold. Add blueberries and raspberries to fill any gaps as you go.
- Use a popsicle stick to press the fruit against the sides of the mold. (So you'll be able to see it better when the juice freezes.)
- Add as much fruit as you can fit into the mold, continuing to press it against the sides.
- Fill the molds with apple juice, leaving about 1/4" of space at the top for the juice to expand when it freezes.
- Insert a popsicle stick in the middle of each popsicle, between the 2 layers of fruit.
- Freeze the popsicles overnight (or a minimum of 4 to 6 hours).
- Run the molds under hot water to help the popsicles release.
Real fruit popsicles take a little longer than regular popsicles to melt. So when you’re eating them, the fruit can still be a bit hard as it’s melting. It took us a good 20 minutes to finish our fruit salad ice pops.
These homemade fruit popsicles are SO GOOD! Made with real, fresh fruit and no added sugar, they’re a healthy, delicious and refreshing treat idea for summer!
This recipe was originally published on June 3, 2016.