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If you are looking for a refreshing and healthy snack for a hot summer day, then this recipe is for you! It has been a long winter with very cold weather, so I am getting excited for warmer days ahead. These easy homemade popsicles are tasty, only have a few natural ingredients, and are a perfect option for anti-inflammatory diets.
I grew up in a very hot place in Mexico. In fact, the beach was only about a block away from our house and even though the beach was a great way to relax, there was never a better solution for escaping the heat than the homemade popsicles that are neighbors made and sold in little plastic bags. In Mexico, they were called “bolis.”
The best part about this sweet treat is that you can make it with a variety of different fruits, so you can make it with your favorite fruit. These creamy popsicles are so much better than the store-bought varieties.
Sweet mango was one of the most popular flavors that I loved growing up, and now I have learned that eating mango daily can help prevent many cancers, including breast, blood, prostate, and colon. It also can combat dry eyes and helps with iron absorption.
Where I grew up, we also had the blessing of having palm trees with fresh coconuts. We were lucky enough to be able to enjoy the natural electrolytes that came from the coconut water which helped us stay hidrated in the hot weather.
With all that said, the homemade fruit popsicles that I loved growing up, were not the most healthy variety, especially for someone that needs an anti-inflammatory diet. The popsicles that I grew up with were made with a lot of sugar and milk or cream, since that is what made them so creamy, but it also made them unhealthy.
Does that mean that I can’t enjoy them today? Of course not! We just have to find a better way to make them using simple ingredients and whole fruit.
How do you make this healthy homemade popsicle for an anti-inflammatory diet?
This recipe only needs 3-5 ingredients, depending on your own personal tastes. They do not include any artificila ingredients, and they are perfect for hte summer months or really any time of year. They have the best flavor and definitely bring me back to my childhood. I have another variety as well which is in the recipe card at the end of this post, but honestly, the sky is the limit – you can use whatever kind of fruit you want.
The ingredients that you will use to make this great summer treat are the following:
- Fruit of your preference. I used a combination of mango and coconut, since that combination reminds me of growing up and eating these popsicles in Mexico.
- A little bit of honey or maple syrup
- Coconut milk or almond milk (or, you can combine them)
- You can also add vanilla extract, but this is optional. If you use it, you will just use a little bit so it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors.
Your standard store-bought popsicle has high levels or refined sugars which is an ingredient that can be addicitive and can cause inflammation.
There are definitely some substitutions for those sugars that have more nutritional value and can help you take care of your body. For example, in this recipe, I used natural honey, which has high levels of antioxidants, it is anti-inflammatory, and is a natural antibiotic. Some people don’t like the flavor of honey though, so you can also replace it with something else like coconut sugar, maple syrup, or even dates!
To make these, all you have to do is start by adding a little bit of the chopped fruit to the silicon popsicle mold.
Speaking of popsicle molds, I love this one that I found. It is a great mold that has a part that you put on the top that keeps the popsicle sticks in place while they freeze. You can use different mold if you want. Some people even use an ice cube tray or a dixie cup, which is totally fine! I recommend just using whatever you can get most easily.
Next, combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and carefully pour them into each mold before adding the wooden sticks and freezing until they are completely frozen.
When they are frozen, you will carefully remove each popsicle from the molds and they are ready to eat on a hot day. The hardest part is making them last, especially if you have kids that love to make and eat their own popsicles!
Since this is such a healthy treat, however, I don’t mind if they eat them a little more often. My recommendation is to use a bit of creativity and try different varieties. You can use fresh berries, lime juice, lemon juice, fresh citrus, orange juice, grape juice and more! Just always try to avoid artificial flavors and you can be certain that you are taking care of your health.
Let me know in the comments below your favorite ways to make this recipe and if you have any other ideas for different flavor combinations!
Healthy Homemade Popsicles Recipe
For the Mango and Coconut Popsicles
- 1 Cup Mango Chunks
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 Cups Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup Coconut Cream
- 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
- Popsicle Mold
For the Strawberry and Beets Popsicles
- 1/2 Cup Strawberries Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Beets Cooked and Chopped
- 3 Cups Almond Milk
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp Honey Or Maple Syrup
- Popsicle Mold
- Add some of the chopped fruit to each popsicle mold.
- Make the different flavors separately, by blending all of the ingredients for the flavor you are doing in a blender until somewhat smooth.
- Add to the popsicle mold, add the wooden stick, if using, and freeze overnight or for 8 hours.
- Remove carefully from the mold and enjoy!
Hi, I’m Charbel!
I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. A mother to four and wife to a marvelous husband. I am also a Lupus Fighter. I Love to cook. I love inspirational podcasts. I am also lover of all things creative and a fearless DIY-er. A Homebody. A wellness and Relaxation lover. Welcome to The Healing Cookbook! Read more...