July 01, 2012

Honey Mango Popsicles - Homemade Goodness Without Sugar!

In my little corner of the world it's hovering right around 101 - 104 degree's this week.  While popsicles are a natural idea to enjoy on a hot day, I can't seem to stomach the sugar.  Even buying 'all natural' fruit bars at the store are still too fake sweet to me and surprisingly, some of them have corn syrup as a main ingredient!  I like fruit treats that are nothing but.... fruit.

No worries.  I am thrilled that when my mother was cleaning out her kitchen about 8 years ago, I inherited the popsicle molds from my childhood.  They are Tupperware originals from about 1972 or 73' and some of my earliest memories are eating homemade grape popsicles from these molds.  (And then playing with the plastic 'key' afterwards as the stick is shaped like a key.)  I regret the many 'keys' we lost in the dirt, not realizing at the time we should have been more conscious of bringing them into the house.  (Hey, I was 3!).

You can make these in a little paper Dixie style cup with a stick, but if you invest in some sort of  frozen treat tray, it will make these easy and fun.

I used Honey Mangoes but feel free to enjoy them with many varieties of fresh fruit and you can mix and blend flavors as well.

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Fresh Fruit
A Blender or Processor
Popsicle Molds or Dixie Cups and popsicle sticks

Clean, cut or dice the sweet fruit of your choice.  (Strawberries, mangoes, kiwi, peaches, bananas, etc.)
Place them in a blender and blend until smooth.  For a thick, fruity pop add no liquid.  For more of a popsicle style that has an ice base, add fruit juice, water or Kool-Aid.  Pour into your molds.  Place in the deep freeze for about 4 hours or until solid.  

I used Honey Mangoes this time

Blend Smooth - add a bit of fruit juice or yogurt if you wish.  I don't.

Fill your molds.  Freeze until solid.  No preservatives or chemicals!
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