Homemade Strawberry Lime Popsicles

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These strawberry lime popsicles will knock your socks off!

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I went out for my morning walk, and it was already super hot!  By the time I got home, covered in sweat, all I could think of was making popsicles so the boys would have a fresh, yummy, cold treat when they get home from school today.

We are lime lovers in this house and I recently created a strawberry / lime / ginger protein shake that’s super delicious.  I decided to recreate those flavors in a popsicle, with just a tiny touch of the ginger, just enough to amp up the flavor, but not add any real spice to the popsicles.

 

Why make your own popsicles?

  • No artificial colors
  • No artificial flavors
  • No HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • You can control the amount, and kind of sweetener
  • Fresh and loaded with fiber (if you use whole fruits, and not juice concentrates or filtered juices)
  • No unknown ingredients (check the ingredient label on natural popsicles, there’s often some weird and unexpected ingredients.)
  • You can create some fantastic flavor combinations that you’d never seen in stores!

First, I sliced and juiced 5 small limes.  I put that juice in my blender with 1/4 cup hot water and about an eighth of a cup of organic sugar.  If I was only using lime juice, with no other fruits, I’d have added more sugar, but I know the strawberries will sweeten up these pops.

Honey or maple syrup would work well for the sweetener too.  1 or 2 tablespoons, depending on how sweet you want them.

After blending the sugar and lime juice I tasted it.  My goal was to have it tart, but not so sour I wouldn’t want more.  I wanted it tart at this point because other ingredients will sweeten it, so there’s no need to add too much sugar.

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Next I threw in 2 handfuls of strawberries (about 12 – 15), and 1/4 inch of ginger root.  Ginger adds a nice sweet punch, and isn’t overpowering if you only add a little bit.   I added 1/2 cup of ice, 1/2 cup cold water, then blended it with our new NutriBullet Rx.  I LOVE that NutriBullet!  They made this new one more powerful, and it’s been holding up to our daily use really well.

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Time to pour my mix into popsicle molds, but first a surprise grape in each mold!  Frozen grapes are fun to eat, and add a nice texture to popsicles.  It’s a good idea to cut them in half so they are easier to bite into, in the popsicle.

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I poured the strawberry lime blend over the grapes….


homemade popsicles strawberry lime healthy popsicles summer treatFilled up my first mold and moved onto a second one.  The end of my purée filled the last mold only half way, so I added a bunch of halves grapes to that one, to fill it up.

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Freeze overnight.

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YUM!!

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And now, I present to you, my harshest critic!

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Me:  “Hey Arthur, what do you think of the strawberry lime popsicles?”
Him:  “SOOOOOO GOOD!”

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Both boys LOVED them!  (my 8 yr old doesn’t stay still so it’s hard to get a good photo of him!)

Here’s the ingredients again:

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Blend hot water and sugar first, then taste.  Add frozen strawberries, ice, cold water and ginger, blend again.  Pour into molds.  Freeze overnight.

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