Homemade Fruit Smoothies and Popsicles

June 9th, 2010 by Dionna | 15 Comments
Posted in Adults, Children, Eclectic Learning, Healthy Living, natural parenting, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlers

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Two of our favorite summertime treats are homemade smoothies and popsicles. They are super easy to make, and when you make one you can automatically have the other, because they come from the same recipe. These homemade treats are healthier than the ones you buy pre-made: they are all natural and are free of preservatives.

Blending a batch of smoothies is also a fun, educational experience for little ones. Involve them in the process of selecting and purchasing the fruit, measuring the ingredients, and adjusting proportions to try new flavors.

Here is our go-to recipe, but you can vary this according to your mood, preferences, and whatever you have on hand. Everything in this recipe is approximate – we never measure, we just dump.

Fruit Smoothie/Popsicle Ingredients

2 cups plain yogurt
2 cups frozen fruit (we usually use a berry mix)
2 bananas
1-2 cups fresh fruit (we usually use strawberries)
3/4 cup juice (we usually use apple)
Honey (to taste – I probably squirt a tablespoon in)

Directions

Toss it all in the blender, blend, and drink! You may want to adjust the amount of frozen fruit to make your smoothie thicker/icier.

To make popsicles, pour the smoothie into popsicle molds 1 or an ice cube tray (cover with foil and poke popsicle sticks through).

Other Yummy Flavor Combinations

Frozen strawberries + fresh kiwi

Frozen strawberries + fresh peaches

Frozen strawberries + fresh pineapple + orange juice

Frozen strawberries + grape juice

What is your favorite fruit smoothie flavor?

Photo credit: schleicher

  1. These are the ones we use. They serve their purpose, but if I’m not careful I have been known to pull the popsicle stick out without the actual popsicle attached to it. Affiliate link.

15 Responses to:
"Homemade Fruit Smoothies and Popsicles"

  1. MomAgain@40   karentoittoit

    Love any combination!

    My fav: papaw mixed with banana, apple, yogurt and nuts, with a little bit of honey and cinnamon.

  2. Rebecca

    Our favorite is OJ and vanilla yogurt, tastes just like an orange julius. Other than that, amelia is a huge fan of the “I want” smoothie. She just wants random in there. blueberries, strawberry yogurt, whatever is in the fridge.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      We tried the OJ/vanilla yogurt one last night – SO YUM! My only problem is getting the ice chopped up enough, my blender must not be fancy enough to really get it all.

  3. What a yummy post! We do smoothies too! Sometimes green ones – which Aodhan is a fan of. Because we are vegan, I throw in Almond milk in place of the yoghurt. I think I need to make a pre-bed smoothie! Thanks.

  4. Jen

    I bookmarked this awhile ago and have been slowly been working my way through it.
    50 homemade popsicles recipes. My favorite so far is the pistachio rocket pops.

    http://tipnut.com/homemade-popsicles/

  5. Marilyn   ALotofLoves

    Love smoothies! They always seem a little decadent so the kids like them but they’re filled with good stuff so everyone is happy.

  6. Andrea

    We’ve been making green smoothies at our house. We all love them and they’re a great way to sneak in some extra vitamins. Just add some greens – spinach, kale, lettuce, whatever. You can’t even taste the greens, just the fruit.

  7. Kate Wicker @ Momopoly   KateWicker

    I also save any kind of leftover smoothie we have and turn it into Popsicles. My girls love to eat these outside as an afternoon treat. Another delicious smoothie/Popsicle combo is mixing plain Greek yogurt, a banana, milk, wheat germ, natural peanut butter, and a touch of honey. It’s packed with tasty goodness and protein. I also make a killer mango smoothie with frozen mango slices and pineapple chunks, milk, and silken tofu. Yummy!

  8. Rebecca

    What I want to know, now that we have talked about popsicles is whether or not tupperware still makes popsicle molds, that would take me right back to my child hood.

  9. we posted about the same thing today, lol. I use frozen bananas in all our smoothies, they make our smoothies have a malt texture, almost like icecream.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      When I’ve frozen bananas, they look incredibly . . . funky. Do you do anything special to them before freezing?

  10. Sheryl @ Little Snowflakes   sheryljesin

    What a great idea about making popsicles! We make smoothies all the time but I never thought about using the same mixture for homemade popsicles. I must try that!
    I put any kind of fruit in our smoothies – whatever we have on hand. Lately I’ve been enjoying banana, strawberry, peach, raspberry, with some yogurt and some soy milk. Usually the banana is fresh and the rest is frozen. So yummy!

  11. Tanya

    Your recipe sounds close to mine! I have been enjoying a smoothie every morning for almost a year now!

    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1/2 cup frozen blackberries
    1/2 small banana
    1 cup blueberries (they are supposed to keep you smart!)
    1/2 cup light soy milk, we tried almond milk, but soy has sooo much more protein.
    4ozs fat free greek yogurt
    4 ozs grape juice (or other fruit juice)
    either 1 packet truvia or no sweetner, I cut back on the sugarm even the no calorie substitues, and found that now I do not need it!
    2tsps vanilla
    1 tsp coconut oil (cold pressed)

  12. Melodie   bfmom

    Hey Dionna – I don’t know if this interests you or not but you’re welcome to link this up at my Vegetarian Foodie Fridays carnival. It would be a sweet addition!

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