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When the weather turns warm, there’s nothing more refreshing than a Popsicle — except one made with fresh ingredients and not an iota of fake coloring in sight. Here are FN Dish and Foodlets’ favorite ideas for sunny days ahead.
Chocolate Sundae Ice Pops: Low-fat milk plus ripe avocado and bananas, not to mention honey and cocoa powder, make Melissa d’Arabian’s chocolatey pops a surprisingly healthy treat.
Strawberry-Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops: Full of fresh fruit and organic yogurt to boot, these frozen treats are low in sugar and even pack a punch of protein.
Italian Ice Pops: Frozen raspberries plus fresh mint and lemon juice are the base for these light and refreshing pops by Giada De Laurentiis.
Ice Cream Freezer Pops: Ree Drummond isn’t kidding around with these decadent pops. She starts with vanilla ice cream, then adds crushed sandwich cookies, peanut butter cups and candy-coated chocolate pieces.
Tangerine Popsicles: What happens when you combine juicy red raspberries with tangerine juice and freeze it? The sweetest taste of spring, right in your own freezer.
Chocolate-Dipped Bananas: No DIY-Popsicle list would be complete without these. And bonus: Rachael Ray’s version offers tons of fun toppings kids can help with.
Strawberry and Cream Popsicles: Jamie Deen’s homemade pops involve only four ingredients, and you just might have all of them in your fridge right now.
Coconut Pops: Just mix coconut milk with fresh lime and shredded coconut for these sweet and creamy ice pops.
Ladybug Pops: Fresh strawberries dotted with blueberries make the perfect color combination for Giada’s frozen little ladybugs.
Charity Curley Mathews dreams of raising kids who eat (and enjoy) real food. A former VP at MarthaStewart.com, she’s a contributor to The Huffington Post and heads up Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. Together with her husband and three small children, she now cooks in North Carolina.