Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Pops

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Summertime is here and cool popsicles are a must on a hot day. Sure you can buy a pack of popsicles at the grocery store, but this mama is trying to eliminate food dyes and increase the healthy desserts. With that goal I set forth to create festive fruit popsicles using a few ingredients I had on hand. And I used my newest kitchen appliance, the Ninja (which I absolutely LOVE! And am not paid to say that.)

Ingredients:

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Red Mix:

  • 6 strawberries
  • 4 oz. container of strawberry yogurt*
  • 1 tbsp. Low sugar strawberry jelly* 

White Mix:

  • 4 oz. Vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 1-2 tbsp. Water or milk

Blue Mix:

  • 1/4 cup Blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. Grape juice
  • optional: 1 tsp. Blackstrap molasses (for added iron)

*After the fact, I realized that the Smucker’s Low Sugar Jelly has red dye (grrrrr.) For a healthier option, I’ll be using strawberry greek yogurt next time.

Instructions:

For the red mixture, blend strawberries with jelly and strawberry yogurt. Add water if you need a thinner mixture.

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For the white mixture, blend greek yogurt, honey and water (or milk) until creamy.

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For the blueberry mixture, blend blueberries, grape juice and optional just a dash of blackstrap molasses if you want to sneak some iron into the popsicle.

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Pour mixtures into separate glasses for the popsicle assembly.

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Begin by filling popsicle molds approximately 1/3 full with the strawberry mixture.

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Set popsicle mold in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to firm up.

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Remove the molds and add white mixture to 2/3 full. Set the mold back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or until the white starts to firm up.

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Add the blueberry mixture last and gently insert the popsicle sticks into the popsicle mixture. Freeze for about an hour or until the popsicles are frozen solid.

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Break out the popsicles during the hottest part of the day and enjoy! They make a festive treat for the 4th of July or any hot summer day.

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That’s my son’s equivalent of a thumbs up sign! He loved the popsicles and I loved that they are a healthier alternative to store bought popsicles.

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Can you think of some other healthy ingredients? Or ways to make more colored layers without dyes? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Comments

  1. Oh girl! I have a ninja…I am so totally making these…YUM!!!

  2. Crystal says:

    Delicious treat for kids…and us grown-up too! Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. Oh yum! These look delicious!

  4. I too am in love with my ninja…
    My daily smoothie gets layered in like this…
    8-10 1/2inch slices of frozen banana, 3/4 cup fresh spinach leaves, 1/2 cup stoney field french vanilla fat free yogurt, a generous splash of almond/coconut milk and a Tbspoon of flax seed.. Blend for a minute or two then add 4-5 ice cubes blend again… I have been known to pour this into my popsicle molds…but generally i can’t wait for it to freeze. They will never know it’s spinach, and it’s the prettiest green. Sometimes if i need more protein I add a Tbspoon of peanut butter
    Another favorite thought not very colorful is the same as above minus spinach but with fresh pineapple. Like a pina colada…YUM. I buy organic bananas weekly then when they are all perfectly ripe at the same time I slice them onto a sheet pan covered in wax or freezer paper, freeze hard then pile them up in a ziploc. Frozen banana has such a creamy rich consistency it makes everything feel sinful. Enjoy, I could be a ninja Rep I love mine so much. lol.

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