By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

14 Homemade Popsicles To Cool You Down This Summer.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this is going to be a very hot summer. Temperatures are expected to be above average. In addition to keeping everyone lathered with sunblock, keeping cool and hydrated for both kids and adults is going to be extremely important.

One way to keep chill is to have popsicles on hand. Although, it can get expensive not to mention unhealthy to purchase these chilly treats at the grocery store. We have compiled a list of easy to make popsicles. There is a flavour for just about everyone. We have also included an iced coffee recipe that will still give you the caffeine dose without the boiling hot factor.

You’ll want to make these in the evening so they are ready for the family the next day. For these recipes, you'll want to freeze your popsicles for 30 minutes and insert the stick so it can hold. Continue the freezing process afterwards. I have personally made #3 and I guarantee it’s a family favourite.

#1. Watermelon and kiwi pops.

5 cups of watermelon
A couple drops of agave syrup
5 kiwis peeled and sliced

Put the watermelon and agave syrup in the blender and make it into a puree. Pour the the mix into the popsicle molds, adding the kiwi slices. Leave in the freezer overnight.

#2. Strawberry and watermelon.

3 cups of watermelon cubes
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1 lime, zest and juice

Place in the blender and puree. Once poured into the desired mold, let it freeze for a minimum of four hours.

#3. Creamy coconut.

1 cup of coconut milk
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of toasted, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of cinnamon

Stir it all together until it's all smooth. This batch can make six to seven popsicles. Freeze for six hours.

#4. Chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and yogurt.

1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 1/2 large ripe bananas
1 tablespoon honey

Pour all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the 8 to 10 molds and freeze for four hours.

#5. Cantaloupe popsicles.

1 ripe cantaloupe
1/2 cup of granulated sugar

Cut the cantaloupe in half. Remove all the seeds out. Puree the fruit in the blender. Take one cup of the pureed cantaloupe and add the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Heat this on the stove for a couple of minutes. Add the heated juice in the mix. Pour it into the molds. Will be enough to make eight popsicles. Freeze overnight.

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