What a wonderful summer it has been in northern B.C.! How are you keeping cool this summer? Heading to the beach? Jumping in the pool? Enjoying a refreshing treat?
Kids love ice pops and frozen treats. They sure do hit the spot on a hot day! Have you ever tried making your own? They take only a few minutes to make and are guaranteed to be a hit! Ice pops are a fun and creative way for kids to get more fluids in the hot summer months.
Foods you make in your kitchen are going to be more nutritious (and delicious!) than the store-bought alternative. This rule applies for Popsicles and icy treats as well. The cost savings can be significant and you know exactly what ingredients are in there! It’s even better if you are able to use locally grown ingredients such as fresh B.C. fruit.
All you need are some ice pop moulds and a freezer! These moulds can be found among all the festive summer plates and glasses for under $5 at your local dollar store or larger grocery store. If you can’t find any, you can also use ice cube trays and cut pieces of firm drinking straws to use as handles.
When you have your own ice pop moulds, you can freeze whatever you like! Here are just a few ideas:
- Blend up juicy watermelon with a squeeze of lime juice
- Purée ripe peaches, nectarines or strawberries with a splash of water
- Freeze your favourite smoothie. Try berries, milk, and Greek yogurt!
- Throw some crushed raspberries or other berries into the moulds with diluted pineapple or orange juice
Here is a super easy strawberry ice cream inspired treat that is made with coconut milk, instead. The coconut milk makes this really rich, creamy and delicious.
The recipe below makes enough for twelve ¼ cup-sized ice pops (as seen in the picture) or six ½ cup ice pops.
- 1 ½ cup strawberries, washed, core removed and chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (optional)
- 1 can of regular coconut milk
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- Wash and prepare the strawberries. Place in blender.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice over strawberries, careful not to add any seeds.
- Add the coconut milk and maple syrup or honey to the blender.
- Blend together until smooth.
- Pour smooth mixture into ice pop moulds, snap on the lids. Remember that if you don’t have ice pop moulds, you can use ice cube trays and firm straws.
- Freeze for at least 3-4 hours, until solid.
- When ready to eat, run under hot water for 10 seconds to easily remove the ice pop from the mould.
About Amy Horrock
Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, Amy Horrock is a registered dietitian and member of the Regional Dysphagia Management Team. She loves cooking, blogging, and spreading the joy of healthy eating to others! Outside of the kitchen, this prairie girl can be found crocheting, reading, or exploring the natural splendor and soaring heights of British Columbia with her husband!