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Yes, summer is almost officially over, but it is still quite warm in many areas around the country. With it being a holiday weekend and everyone trying to keep summer alive just a little bit longer, why not make some popsicles with the fruits of summer. Of course in my family popsicles are a year-round treat!
We have been making our own popsicles for a few years now. We love having real fruit popsicles without any added sugar in them. It was actually my husband who created the recipe and something he makes often with our kids. They always have a blast making the popsicles together.
This recipe is very versatile and you could use any combination of fruits, berries or 100% fruit juice that your family prefers. We prefer white grape juice, such as Welch’s White Grape Juice, when we make the popsicles so that the color of the popsicles is more due to the fruit mix used rather than the juice. Though any 100% fruit juice will do.
Why 100% grape juice for us? It doesn’t contain any added sugars and there is plenty of science to support the health benefits of drinking 100% grape juice (much like wine, and while a boozy popsicle would be fun to create, not something I would serve the kiddos for obvious reasons!).
We typically use frozen fruit to make our popsicles, but fresh also works. The great thing about using frozen fruit is that you can make it any time of year. Frozen fruit also lends more natural juices to the mix when it is thawed while making the popsicles. We d0 freeze a lot of fresh fruit during the summer months so we can enjoy it year-round too. We are still working through our stash of strawberries we picked in May and blueberries we picked in July.
No matter what other fruits we put in the popsicles, we always include a banana for a touch of creaminess and sweetness. I keep a stash of bananas in the freezer for this reason – when our bananas turn too brown for eating, I peel and put in the freezer in an airtight container for baking, smoothies and popsicles.