Fruity Herbal Ice Pop Recipes [Video]

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Fruity Herbal Ice Pop Recipes [Video]

By Renee Long and Tiffany Stout 



As the temperature spikes and the sun stays out late into the evening, our herbal gardens ripen and we know summer has made its long-awaited return.

With the heat of summer comes the temptation for icy sweet treats; synthetically flavored ice cream, slushies, Italian ice, and other sugary products abound. But while you “chill out,” it’s nice to have yummy, healthy, holistic alternatives to the sugary temptations of summer.

Enter fruity herbal ice pops! These refreshing icy delights are made entirely from natural herbs and fresh, seasonal fruit. We wanted to add a bit of creamy goodness to a few of the recipes, so you’ll see some of them include unsweetened Greek yogurt. The best part: since there are so few ingredients, you can feel good about handing these out to the kids at the Independence Day picnic. No sugar crash necessary. 

In our video, we show you how to make a basic fruity herbal ice pop recipe. The rest of this blog post has six more refreshing ice pop recipes for you to try. Enjoy! 

 

 

A few notes before you start blending: Each recipe makes ice pop filling for six, 2.5-ounce pops. If you don’t have ice pop molds, just add the filling to small cups, cover with a layer of plastic wrap, and pierce sticks through the plastic wrap… and voilà! Homemade ice pop molds.

Creamy Blueberry Basil Ice Pop

Blueberries: 2 cups

Unsweetened Greek yogurt: 2 cups

Basil Ocimum basilicum (fresh): about 5 leaves, or add to taste

Salt: A pinch

Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

Creamy Strawberry Basil Ice Pop

Strawberries: 2 cups

Unsweetened Greek yogurt: 2 cups

Basil Ocimum basilicum (fresh): about 5 leaves, or add to taste

Salt: A pinch

Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

Creamy Lavender Chamomile Honey Ice Pop

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia and chamomile Matricaria recutita infusion: 1½ cups

Unsweetened Greek yogurt: 2 cups

Honey: Two tablespoons

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia flowers dried: A pinch 

To make a lavender/chamomile infusion, place 1½ tablespoons of herb in a ceramic or glass teapot. Pour 1½ cups of boiling water over the herb, and steep for 10 minutes.

Allow the infusion to cool before adding yogurt. Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

NOTE: Do not use honey with infants younger than one year old as there have been reports of botulism spores in honey and this can be fatal in infants.

Cherry Marion Berry Mint Ice Pop – AKA “Charionberry”

Cherries (pitted): 2 cups

Marion berries: 2 cups

Mint Mentha spp. dried (we chose spearmint): 1-2 tablespoons 

Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

Alternatively, you can make a mint infusion rather than adding mint directly into the mixture. See directions for infusion above.

Mango Cayenne Ice Pop

Mango: 3 cups

Filtered water: ½ cup

Strawberry: 3 medium-sized berries

Cayenne pepper: ½ teaspoon 

Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

Strawberry Mint Ice Pop

Strawberries: 3 cups

Filtered water: ½ cup

Mint Mentha spp. dried (we chose spearmint Mentha spicata): 1-2 tablespoons 

Blend ingredients until smooth. Add filling to ice pop molds. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run ice pop mold under warm water for easy removal.

Alternatively, you can make a mint infusion rather than adding mint directly into the mixture. See directions for infusion above.

 

What herbal/fruit combinations will you try? Tell us in the comments!

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine. 

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