Healthy Frozen Pop Recipes

Not-So-Green Green Berry Pops. (These pops “hide” spinach.)

Recipes from Cook Bliss, episode 001

Fresh Berry Antioxidant Frozen Pops
Chocolate Zucchini Pudding Pops
Medicinal Tea “Cubes”
Elizabeth’s Not-So-Green Green Pops

Fresh Berry Antioxidant Frozen Pops


recipe courtesy of Staci Baker

3 cups fresh berries (any combination of fresh berries work. Just be sure they equal 3 cups total)
1 cup juice (apple OR cranberry OR grape) or seltzer water
Juice of one lemon, lime, or small orange
Honey, as needed 

1. In blender, puree berries until smooth. Add apple juice (or seltzer water) and lemon juice. Taste. Adjust sweetness as needed with honey. (Remember, freezing mutes sweetness.)

2. Pour mixture into molds.  Freeze six hours or overnight.

3. Unmold by setting the pops on counter for five minutes or run molds briefly under warm water.

Easy Chocolate Zucchini Pudding Pops

recipe courtesy of Staci Baker

1 package or recipe chocolate pudding, prepared as directed and cooled
1 cup pureed raw zucchini

1. In  small bowl, combine pudding and zucchini. Stir until smooth.
2. Pour into molds.  Freeze six hours or overnight.
3. Unmold by setting the pops on counter for five minutes or  run molds briefly under warm water.

Tea Pops

recipe courtesy of Staci Baker

2 cups tea*, your choice
honey, to taste (about 4 to 6 tablespoons)

1. Combine tea and honey. (Remember, freezing mutes sweetness. You might want to add a little more honey than you would add to a cup of tea.) Allow tea to cool.

2. Pour tea into molds. Freeze six hours or overnight.

3. Unmold by setting the pops on counter for five minutes or run molds briefly under warm water.

*For soothing pops, use chamomile for sore throats or licorice root for toothaches. (These pops are not recommended as a replacement for medical care. For any questions, contact your physician.)

Elizabeth’s Not-So-Green Green Pops (pictured above)

recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Barbone

Staci inspired me to make a batch of frozen pops! I’d call this a green pop for beginners. The spinach adds a light, almost herbaceous, flavor.

2 cups strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup orange juice
Honey or granulated sugar to taste (I needed about 2 tablespoons of sugar.)

1. In blender, puree strawberries and raspberries until smooth. Add spinach and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness.

2. Pour into molds. Freeze six hours or overnight.

3. Unmold by setting the pops on counter for five minutes or run molds briefly under warm water.

Techniques and Equipment

Basic Techniques to Create Your Own Pops

Any combination of fruits and vegetables work. If you can puree it, you can turn it into a pop! When adding vegetables or greens, start small. After your child gets used to the taste, increase the amount of vegetables you include in the pop.

Some fruit and vegetable ideas:
Apricot
Bananas
Berries
Guava
Mangos
Melons (cantaloupe and honeydew are especially nice)

Vegetables
Carrots
Kale
Spinach
Roasted sweet potatoes
Wheat Grass (if you are gluten-free, see note above)
Zucchini

Be sure to add liquid. You can use all juice, a 50/50 water to juice blend. Or, for a creamy pop, yogurt, milk, coconut milk or almond milk. (Note: water in pops creates an icier pop.)

Frozen Pop Containers
Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Popsicle Molds (These are cute! )
Dixie Cups
Silicone Cupcake Molds (Basic Sillicone Cupcake Pan)
Shot Glasses
Ice Cube trays  (Adorable Penguin, Heart, Shell, and Fish Ice Cube Tray)

 Sticks

If you aren’t using a frozen pop mold with an insertable stick, pour the pop mixture into the molds (like an ice cube tray), allow the mixture to freeze lightly and then insert the stick.)

Chopsticks / Skewers (be sure to blunt the chopsticks and skewers)
Paper straws
Wood popsicle sticks
Swizzle Sticks ( Flip Flop Swizzle Stir Sticks)

Suggested Reading
Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas
People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn’s Coolest Pop Shop
Perfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats

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