It hasn't exactly been "popsicle weather" around here lately, but that hasn't stopped us from experimenting with a bunch of homemade popsicle recipes. The kids love having popsicles (there's just something about a popsicle that's so much fun), and I like making our own so I can make them a bit healthier than the store-bought ones. Here's the recipes we've tried out so far:
Lime in the Coconut Yogurt Pops
I shared the link to this recipe before, but I'll share it again - you can find the recipe here. I thought these were so good, but Carey wasn't too much of a fan (he's not a big coconut fan, so I guess it wasn't too much of a surprise). The Greek yogurt makes these really creamy and gives you a little extra protein.
Chocolate Fudge Popsicles
These were a big hit (no surprise!), and I thought they tasted as good, or better, than store-bought Fudgesicles. You can find the recipe here. There's not really anything healthy about this recipe (other than the milk!), but at least you can feel good about the fact that you're just using simple ingredients (that you probably have on hand already), and not a bunch of unpronounceable, mystery ingredients (she lists the ingredients in store-bought fudgesicles below the recipe, if you're interested).
These ones disappeared before I could get a picture of them, but you can find the recipe (and some lovely pictures of them) here. These were really good, and just 3 simple ingredients - strawberries, lemon juice and honey. I can't wait to try them again with some delicious, local strawberries which should be in season soon!
Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles
Again, no picture of our batch, but there are lots of great pictures, and the recipe, here. The great thing about this recipe is that it just uses fruit, so you could even eat these for breakfast! We haven't done that yet, but Annika thought the idea of eating popsicles for breakfast was a good one. :) I'll admit, these weren't my favorite (too "banana-y" for me), but I'd like to try out other "only fruit" recipes because I love the idea of a healthy snack that seems like such a treat.
On a side note....
You may have noticed that I only included links to the recipes, and not the actual recipes, in this post. I did that very deliberately. I felt that it wouldn't be right to copy the recipes and publish them here, given that I didn't come up with them (and didn't make any changes to them). Even if I provided the link with the recipe, you'd really have no incentive to visit the original site, since I'd have given you all the info that you need, and I would be "stealing" pageviews from the people who actually came up with these recipes. It may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I've been thinking a lot lately about these kind of things (especially since Pinterest seems to be covered with images and links that aren't giving proper credit where it is due), and I just wanted to do my part. What are your thoughts on the issue? Given how a recipe can be passed around, copied and handed down, does it really matter who came up with it in the first place?