I love sweets, especially cold sweet treats in the summer. While I think all things should be in moderation and that sugary treats are fine occasionally, my sweet tooth doesn’t really understand moderation.
Fruit is my go-to to help with any sugar cravings. This time of the year I really crave fruit. Something about all the delicious fruits coming into season makes me want to eat them all.
Fruity popsicles have been a warm weather favorite of mine since I was a kid. I have also loved making popsicles for a long time. I remember making popsicles with our neighbor friends and thinking it was pretty much the coolest thing. I still think it’s pretty fun!
The popsicle molds we had when I was a kid were plastic. No one really knew the dangers of plastic those days. Now I know it’s best to avoid plastic for food storage, especially with acidic foods. For a long time I thought this meant no more homemade popsicles. I was pretty excited to find there are stainless steel popsicle molds! They are safer and very durable.
I honestly haven’t used mine as much as I should but I’m hoping to change that this summer. Considering it’s not even summer yet and I already made some, I think I’m off to a good start.
My first popsicles of the season of course had to be some fruity, sweet ones! I didn’t want them to have added sugar though. I was reading through the book 25 Sweet Treats for Summer by Dena Norton and saw strawberry banana popsicles and knew I had to try them! They fit what I wanted perfectly and I had all of the ingredients on hand.
They are easy to make and delicious! The hard part is waiting for them to finish freezing so you can eat them.
Adapted from 25 Sweet Treats for the Summer by Dena Norton
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 medium banana
- Splash of juice of your choice
- Splash of milk or more juice
- Place all ingredients in blend, blend until thick and smooth. Add more liquid if needed.
- Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for several hours.
I can’t wait to try even more recipes from 25 Sweet Treats for Summer. She also has a great blog called Back to the Book Nutrition with more healthy and delicious recipes. I highly recommend checking out the book and her blog.