Update 6/21 - See here for 3 more popsicle recipes! (Raspberry Fudgesicle, Lavender Honey Lemon, and Blackberry Orange Cream)
Summertime brings a wealth of foods that we don't typically consume the rest of the year, one of those being popsicles. There are tons of varieties of popsicles from the kind on a stick to those you push up out of a cardboard container to those in a plastic sleeve. Since our 3.5 year old son is on a Paleo/GAPS hybrid diet, we don't really want him to eat the artificial color and flavor that most popsicles contain, but it's really hard when you send your kid to an outside caregiver (in our case daycare) to avoid it all completely. Even if your kids don't actually GET the popsicles that all the other kids are eating, they probably still WANT it. And a few weeks ago our son was mistakenly given a "blue" popsicle at the farm camp he goes to weekly. We know it happens, so we just try to look the other way and hope for the best when it does, but man oh man, the tantrums that ensued after that popsicle! Really goes to show you that kids these days don't need drugs to settle hyperactivity, they just need to stop eating blue popsicles...
A few weeks ago I was surfing Pinterest when I came across a pin for these wonderful plastic sleeves called Zipzicles. As with a lot of things in this world the name for the kind of popsicle they make appears to have quite a variety as you travel the country/world. For instance, here in Colorado people call them "Otter Pops", a term unbeknownst to me until I moved here. I grew up in NJ where we called them "Icicles". In either case, the commercial versions are full of terrible ingredients, so when I saw these empty bags for making your own I jumped right on buying them. I figured I could make a whole bunch and then give some to our son's daycare and farm camp so they could have them on hand when the other kids are getting treats (both our daycare and farm camp are extremely cool with accommodating us on things like this, so we are lucky). This way his popsicle looks a lot like the other kids' but won't make him a monster terror for days on end.
The Zipzicles themselves are BPA-free, recyclable, and reusable, so they fit in with our personal choices with consumables. And they worked perfectly - the popsicle portion just pushed right up out of the bag with no mess.
I came up with some recipes to fill our Zipzicles this weekend that were tasted by our son and given the "Can I have another one?" stamp of approval. They are all quite simple and you could certainly use regular popsicle molds for these as well, though the serving sizes would be different.
Mango Peach Mint
2 cups (300 g) Mangoes, fresh or frozen
2 cups (300 g) Peaches, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup (10 g) Mint, fresh
1/3 cup (80 mL) Water
3 tbs (45 mL) Honey
Simmer all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan until the fruit is soft and then mix using a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into Zipzicle bags and freeze.
Banana Coconut Lime
1.5 cups (350 mL) Coconut Milk
3 ripe Bananas
juice of 2 Limes
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into Zipzicle bags and freeze.
Watermelon Coconut Blueberry
1 cup (150 g) Watermelon
1 cup (240 mL) Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) Honey or Maple Syrup
1 cup (150 g) Blueberries
These are the tri-colored popsicles in the pictures. To make these the process is a bit more involved: In a food processor or blender puree the watermelon and then pour into the bottom third of the Zipzicle bags. Stand them upright in a cup and freeze. Once frozen, mix together the coconut milk and honey/maple syrup. Pour that mixture into the second third of the Zipzicle bags and then freeze. Once that is frozen puree the blueberries and pour into the final third of the bags and then freeze.
Just Plain Fruit
4 cups (600 g) Chopped Fruit of your choice (the pink ones in the picture of all the popsicles above were straight watermelon)
1/3 cup (80 mL) Water (optional, may be needed for non-watery fruits to make them more "pourable")
Puree fruit in a food processor or blender. If pretty thick add water and puree more. Pour into Zipzicle bags and freeze.