A few weekends ago, I took my kids for a walk and we were passing by neighbour’s house where kids were happily sucking onto bright green and red popsicles. The day was hot and popsicles definitely were hitting a spot. Immediately my mind started racing and it hit me – why don’t I make the same bright and sweet ice pops with fruit?! I don’t know why but I never thought of that, no idea why?! Why oh why LOL.
After we got home, I quickly went through my fruit platter and freezer. Got a few mint leaves from my herb planter. Whipped up 3 batches of cantaloupe, melon and strawberry fruit puree. Froze it in popsicle molds and voila. By 6 PM my kids were enjoying the same colourful but healthy homemade popsicles.
- 4 cups fruit or berries of choice*
- 12 large mint leaves
- Maple syrup or raw honey, to taste (optional)**
- In a powerful blender, blend all ingredients until very smooth. Pour into 6 popsicle molds and freeze for 3 - 4 hours.
- To remove popsicle from the mold, hold it under hot running water for a few seconds (plastic needs more time than stainless steel to come off).
*To make 3 kinds (2 each) of popsicles, I used heaping 1 1/4 cups of 3 kinds of fruit. **You might need or not to sweeten your popsicles. Really depends on a fruit or berries and their ripeness and quality (organic fruit is more flavourful and sweeter!). I didn't add any sweetener to honeydew and cantaloupe ones but strawberry needed a touch.