Homemade strawberry popsicle

Who doesn't love a popsicle on a warm summer day? It's getting to be that time of year so I thought I'd share my recipe for a homemade treat that's easy to make and a healthy alternative to the store-bought variety. And it's strawberry season! We are lucky to have several beautiful farms and orchards in the area, and this is one of my favorite times of year. I can take a walk down the road to a pick-your-own patch and bring home as many perfectly ripe berries as I can carry.

Strawberry field at sunset

Another perk of visiting a local farm: seconds. I got a quart of seconds berries for less Baby fresh food feederthan half of full price and they are perfect for making popsicles. My toddler seems to have a new molar coming in this week, so she's very happy to have something cold to chew on. If you have a younger baby, freezing the puree in ice cube trays and popping a cube into a little contraption like this is a great way to let baby enjoy a frozen treat without having to worry about choking hazards.

Fresh strawberries and a lemon
You'll need:

  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries, about 4 cups
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or honey

Puree the berries in a food processor or blender. Mix in the remaining ingredients and taste the mix. If you want it sweeter or tangier, add more sugar or lemon juice. Pour the puree into molds and freeze for at least 5 hours. This recipe makes enough for about 8 average-size popsicles.

When you're ready to eat them, let the popsicles sit out for a few minutes or dip them in warm water to loosen the molds, and enjoy!

Homemade fruit popsicles on porch