“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
Summertime. There is something so sweet and magical about summertime. Want some extra sweetness and magic in your lazy summer days? Try these No Sugar Added Popsicles and watch your kid’s eyes light up like it’s Christmas again!
Many of you know that I’m the mother of a very picky two and a half year old son. It’s a struggle getting him to eat his veggies! That little man is the light of my life but he is SO stubborn! (He gets it from his dad’s side! :P)
As a mother who wants the best for her son, I have to get creative in order to get good, nutritious food in him.
Poor little guy also has a hard time regulating his little system so I created these popsicles just for him to get nutritious food in and also help ease things along.
These popsicles are delicious and sweet but they have ZERO added sugar or sweetener of any kind! That’s right, your kiddos can enjoy some fruit and veggies and they’ll never know all of the goodness that is in these No Sugar Added Popsicles!
If you have a teething baby, these popsicles are going to be your best friend.
In case you’re worried, the spinach and carrots can’t be tasted in these popsicles at all. You will just get the wonderful flavors of the berries and bananas with the added health benefits of the spinach and carrots along for the ride.
Ready to give these popsicles a try? Let’s jump right in!
I started out with my high powered Ninja blender (any high powered blender will work).
16oz Frozen Whole Berry Medley (this is raspberries, black berries, blueberries, and strawberries)
2 VERY ripe bananas, peeled. (Think Grinch style ripe bananas. Really ripe bananas have more health benefits and also work as a mild laxative)
3 cups fresh, raw spinach
14.5 oz can of sliced carrots – drained. Be sure to READ the back of the can to make sure your carrots do not contain sugar! Some brands are sneaky and like to add in sugar – you don’t want or need that!
Once you have all of the above ingredients added to your blender, go ahead and add in 16oz of Pure Prune Juice – you guessed it – make sure there’s no added sugars in this as well.
You can always add the prune juice in the above step, I just added it as an afterthought and it worked so beautifully in this recipe that it became a permanent fixture and key ingredient for these popsicles.
Pop that blender onto the base and blend on high until the mixture is completely blended and pureed.
Remove the lid and stir; be sure to check for any unblended chunks because getting chunks in your popsicle will ruin the entire experience.
Once your No Sugar Added Popsicle mix is completely blended and smooth, you’re ready to break out the popsicle mold.
I know I’m going to get questions about this popsicle mold because I always do, so I’ve already linked it HERE and just in case you’re wondering, this is NOT an affiliate link and I’m not making any money whatsoever by telling you all about this product, I’m just being nice. 🙂
There are many popsicle molds out there to be had, you can even pick some up at Walmart or the Dollar Tree for very little.
The popsicle mold I’m using makes large, adult sized popsicles so if you have really young children and you want a smaller, easier to manage popsicle, I suggest picking some of the smaller plastic molds up from the stores I mentioned.
Spoon or scoop the popsicle mix into the mold and don’t be afraid to fill it up nearly to the top.
As you can see, this is a bit of a messy process. Don’t worry, we’ll clean it all up before we go on.
For my fellow OCD cooks out there that just can’t handle too much of a mess, take a paper towel and wipe down the top of the popsicle mold, removing any of the messy drippings from the previous step.
Now that our popsicle mold is nice and clean, place the lid on the top.
Grab your popsicle sticks and slide them down into the top of the popsicle mold and into the popsicle.
You don’t want to slide them in too far or too little, so be sure to slide them in a good ways but also leave enough of the stick out for you little ones to hold.
Place the popsicles into your already packed and crowded freezer (LOL!) and let them freeze and set up for about 2-3 hours or until they’re frozen solid.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret. These popsicles won’t come out of the mold when you remove them from the freezer.
Don’t get frustrated and force the issue either; the only thing you will accomplish is pulling the popsicle stick out of the popsicle and rendering your popsicle totally useless.
When you’re ready to tear into these frozen treats, remove the lid and run hot water over the bottom and side of the popsicle mold, tilting the mold to prevent any water getting on the top of the exposed popsicle.
Once you do this for maybe half to one minute, gently wiggle the popsicle stick and the popsicle should slide right out like a greased pig.
If the popsicle doesn’t slide out, keep running the water until it does!
I hope you all enjoy this recipe for No Sugar Added Popsicles as much as my little man does!
He literally BEGS for these every day and would eat them ALL day if I let him!
Give them a try, I guarantee even the pickiest of eaters will love these frozen treats!
No Sugar Added Popsicles
Sweet and wholesome, toddler approved popsicles packed with fruit and veggies with zero sugar or sweeteners!
- 16 oz Pure Prune Juice no sugar added
- 2 very ripe bananas peeled
- 16 oz frozen Whole Berry Medley
- 3 cups fresh, raw, baby spinach
- 14.5 oz canned, sliced carrots drained
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until completely smooth and pureed.
Spoon the mixture into popsicle molds, place in the freezer, and freeze until solid.
This should take about 2-3 hours depending on how large you popsicle mold is.
Run hot water over the bottom of the popsicle mold and gently wiggle the popsicle back and forth to remove from the mold.
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