These Healthy Popsicles are perfect for a hot summer day and are made with just three ingredients. All you need to make these refreshing popsicles are blueberries, a lemon and some water!
I like to think of summer as a time to slow down from the busy routine of school and just chill out. Use the pool, stay up later, make some popsicles…that is summer to me.
A fun summer activity to do is to make popsicles. These Healthy Popsicles are so easy to make… they can be something fun to do with your kids. And perfect to enjoy on a warm summer day!
You can use either fresh or thawed frozen blueberries for this recipe.
If it is blueberry season, use the fresh ones. If you only have frozen blueberries, no problem. Just thaw them out before you make the popsicles.
If you use the berries frozen, the mixture will be very thick and will not pour easily into the popsicle molds. Make sure you thaw them out before starting.
Need to thaw the blueberries? Thaw them in a covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight. If you want them to thaw quicker, you can place them in a bowl filled with cold water and set them on your counter until they soften. By using the method using a bowl with cold water, the berries should thaw within 5 minutes.
We love to go blueberry picking in the summer and stock up on them. Then we have them to use when making blueberry pancakes and jam.
When we go blueberry picking we typically get a lot of blueberries. Then we freeze berries to have over the winter to make some nutritious smoothies. Check out below on how to freeze blueberries.
Why make these homemade popsicles?
- Blueberries are so nutritious and good for us. Here is a great article on all the healthy benefits of eating blueberries.
- These popsciles have no added sugar. Only the natural sweetness from the fruit!
- These healthy popsicles are easy to make and are kid friendly so kids can make them with you.
- They are great for kids. They love popsicles and will get some healthy nutrients while eating one of these yummy popsicles.
- These healthy popsciles are made with only three ingredients! Compare that to the store bought popsicles that have such a long list of ingredients!
How to make these Healthy Popsicles:
Wash your blueberries by rinsing them in warm water. Place them into your blender. Add the water to your blender.
Wash the lemon and cut it in half. Squeeze the juice of the entire lemon over the blueberries in the blender.
Blend until you have a smooth consistency.
Carefully pour the blueberry mixture into your popsicle molds. It helps to use something with a spout for easy pouring and less of a mess in the kitchen.
If your blender doesn’t have a spout, then pour the mixture into a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout and pour into the mold.
Fill each popsicle mold to about ¼” from the top.
Wipe off any excess blueberry mixture from the popsicle molds. Place the lids on the popsicle molds and make sure they are on tightly.
Place in our freezer for 6-8 hours.
How many popsicles will you get?
This depends on the size of the popsicle mold you are using. The mixture will give you just over two cups. The popsicle molds I used for this recipe measure ¼ cup each so I made some with that mold and then another popsicle mold I had in my kitchen.
Don't have enough popsicle molds to use up all the blueberry mixture? Then you can just fill up your ice cube tray or small cups with any extra blueberry mix. Let them sit in the freezer just until they are starting to freeze (about 30 minutes to an hour) and then add popsicle sticks or sturdy straws in each one.
Great for sore throats! These are also great to have in the freezer during the winter months during cold and sore throat season. A cold popsicle is so so soothing on a sore throat! Add in the nutritious benefits of this smoothie and is a a double win!
If using frozen berries, thaw the blueberries in a covered bowl overnight in your refrigerator. Want to thaw them quicker? Place the berries in a bowl filled with cold water and set them on the counter. They should thaw within 5 minutes.
By using thawed frozen blueberries this makes it a recipe that you can make year round...not just at blueberry season!
When pouring the blueberry mixture into your popsicle molds, use something with a spout for easy pouring and less of a mess in the kitchen.
To help the popsicles come out of the mold easier, run warm water over the molds for about 15 seconds water to loosen them. You can also let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Just be careful to not let them sit too long if you do that on a hot day so they don't melt!
How many popsicles you get depends on the size of the popsicle mold you are using. The mixture will give you just over two cups. The popsicle molds I used for this recipe measure ¼ cup each so I made some with that mold and then another popsicle mold I had in my kitchen.
Freezing times may vary depending on your freezer and popsicle mold that you are using. I like to freeze them 6-8 hours to make sure they are completely frozen.
Want to try another great popsicle recipe? This Fruit Popsicles recipe made with strawberry and kiwi is a family favorite in our house!
Looking for a healthy, kid friendly snack? Blueberries go great with sliced peaches. Just combine equal amounts of each and mix in a bowl. It makes a great refreshing snack and is nutritious too! It also makes a healthy kid friendly snack!
How to freeze blueberries:
If you have berries that you bought fresh from the farmer's market or picked yourself, freeze some for later when they are not in season.
Just wash the berries by rinsing them under warm water and let them dry on a paper towel. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the freezer until they are frozen.
Then put them in freezer safe containers or bags until you are ready to use them in recipes like this one or smoothies.
This way they won't clump together and will be easy to measure when using them in recipes.
If you make this recipe for Healthy Popsicles, I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment/rating below and let me know how you like the recipe!
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen, thaw them)
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon
- Place blueberries into your blender.
- Add in the water.
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of the lemon over the blueberries in your blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the blueberry mixture into your popsicle molds. Fill to about ¼" from the top of the mold.
- Wipe off any extra mixture from the popsicle mold.
- Put the popsicle mold lids on tightly.
- Freeze 6-8 hours.
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Update Note: This recipe was originally posted in 2018, but was published again in 2020 to include step by step directions and new photos.