Summer Strawberry Popsicles
Summer is my favorite time of year…it brings back the nostalgia I had as a kid. Back when summer meant no school, sleeping in, warm weather, swimming, frozen treats, and playing outside until it’s dark.
As an adult, summers aren’t usually as fun, since many of us still have to work. However, I have found new things to love about summer as a grown up. Seeing kids playing outside during the day always makes me smile. I also love the smell of sunscreen and days spent at the pool. I think my favorite part of summer is the fresh produce that is in abundance during summer. Watermelon, strawberries and corn are top on my list!
I recently brought home a few too many strawberries from the farmer’s market and wanted to use them up before they got rotten. I thought about freezing them to use in smoothies but that seemed a bit boring. I’ve been on a Cucumber Spa Pop kick lately and decided to try and use the strawberries in some sort of popsicle recipe.
My main goal in creating a recipe was to make it taste like an actual popsicle, but without the extra sugar. I tried putting the strawberries in the blender with the watermelon I had in the fridge, but the popsicles just tasted like blended fruit. I tried again but this time added a little fresh lime juice and they were so good! The lime really adds a pop of flavor and goes great with the strawberry and watermelon. The best part is that my kids LOVE them! We all sit outside and enjoy a popsicle as a snack in the backyard on the regular. They don’t have any added sugars and are made with 100% real fruit.
I also love that this is a great way to use up any fruit in your fridge that might be close to the end of its life. These popsicles are especially great to make if you have a watermelon that is somewhat mealy (the worst!). It works great in this popsicle recipe and you can use up that less than stellar melon. I use these popsicle molds that I order from amazon and they are fantastic. Easy to clean and best of all the popsicles slide out really easily. They have so many available online now though that I can’t wait to buy more fun shapes. We go thru so many popsicles lately that I have to order more molds to keep up our supply. I can’t wait to create some new flavor combinations.
We may not get months off of work when summer hits, but at least we can enjoy a popsicle!
What is your favorite part about summer? Share your favorite summer tip or activity below!
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- Juice of ½ lime
- Add ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth
- Pour into popsicle mold
- Place in the freezer to set