July 23, 2012

Recipe Round-Up: Popsicle Ideas!

With the sweltering heat we've been having so far this summer in Ontario, I've been wishing more every day that I had a pool in my backyard to cool off in.  But since I'm not that lucky, a more affordable way for me to beat the heat is by making my own popsicles!

I finally bought my first popsicle mold at the start of the summer and I've already made good use of my purchase, having made five different kinds of popsicles for myself so far. I usually make small batches of 2-4 popsicles of each flavour, so that I can even have two different types of popsicles in my freezer at the same time.

Some of the flavours I've tried have been really simple and don't really require a "recipe", so I thought that instead of doing separate blog posts for each one, I'd combine them all into one post with ideas for five different kinds of popsicles you can easily make yourself at home if you have a mold.

1. Mango Lassi Popsicles

The first popsicles that I made were these mango lassi popsicles, and I've already made a second batch!  I found the recipe for these on Desserts for Breakfast and made a couple of minor changes, like using almond milk and honey instead of the sugar. If you ever have leftover mango, these popsicles are a great way to use it up! They were super creamy from the yogurt, and even though they didn't taste quite the same as an authentic mango lassi drink, I still loved them!

2. Cantaloupe & Mint Popsicles

Next up was these cantaloupe-mint popsicles.  I was inspired to make them with my leftover ingredients from this cold cantaloupe-mint soup, and it turned out those flavours worked just as well together in a popsicle!  They were very juicy, and more of an ice-pop texture as opposed to the creamy mango ones.  I will warn you, however, that these are more of a grown-up popsicle - I wouldn't recommend adding the mint if you plan on making these for kids.  You also have to like cantaloupe, since that's the dominant taste in these popsicles, and I know I lot of people have strong feelings against cantaloupe!

If you'd like to try these, here's the recipe I followed:

Cantaloupe-Mint Popsicles
2 cups chopped cantaloupe
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp chopped mint leaves
1 tsp honey
Dash of ginger

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid.

Makes 4 large popsicles 

3. Matcha Yogurt Popsicles

Another recipe that turned out better than I expected was these matcha yogurt popsicles, which I found on All Day I Dream About Food. I only made a third of the recipe, and I didn't have quite enough yogurt so I had to substitute some almond milk instead.  They still turned out nice and creamy, and I loved the way the green tea flavour came through without being too strong, and it was complemented well by the lemon juice, sweetener (I used powdered stevia), and vanilla yogurt. If you're a fan of matcha, you should definitely make these!

4. Chocolate Coconut Water Popsicles

Since I had seen popsicle recipes made from pretty much every type of drink or liquid, I started wondering whether I could just freeze coconut water into a popsicle mould to get the ultimate refreshing and hydrating frozen popsicle! I bought a bottle of my favourite kind of coconut water - Zico Chocolate - and poured some into a couple of my popsicle molds.  I also tried adding a splash of coconut milk beverage to the remaining molds (about 2 tbsp per 1/2 cup of coconut water), to see if adding coconut milk would improve the texture.

They came out just as I was hoping - they had all the taste of the chocolate coconut water, but in a solid icy form!  Both of my versions worked out well, but I preferred the ones that had the extra coconut milk added to them. I haven't tried making popsicles out of unflavoured coconut water, so if anyone has tried that, let me know how you like them!

5. Coconut Chai Popsicles

Finally, my favourite popsicles that I've made so far were these coconut chai popsicles.  All I did was heat equal amounts of So Delicious coconut milk beverage and canned coconut milk on the stove and once it was simmering, I whisked in some instant chai powdered beverage mix (1 tbsp of mix per 1/2 cup of liquid).  Once the powder is fully dissolved, let the mixture cool and then pour into popsicle molds.

These came out so soft and creamy, similar to a fudgsicle texture, and I loved the sweet coconut and chai flavours. If you don't have instant chai mix, you could try just adding a mixture of actual chai spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, but I haven't tried this myself so I'm not sure if the spices would be too strong this way.

I can't wait to try out more flavors of popsicles before the summer ends! I've already started thinking of ways to incorporate some of my other favourite ingredients like bananas, avocado and nut butter, and now that local peaches are in season, I'll definitely have to make some peach popsicles!

Hope you're all staying cool too!


  1. A friend told me about your blog. I love it! I'm constantly trying to find new ideas for my 13-month old twins. These popsicles would be a huge hit. Where did you get the popsicle sticks?


    1. Thanks Ashleigh, that's so nice to hear! I bought my popsicle mold from Real Canadian Superstore for only $2 two or three months ago, so you could try looking there (since I know you're Canadian as well), but I'm not sure if they would still be selling them now!

  2. Coconut chai popsicles!? I'm sold! Sounds incredible!!!!! :) Great variety of popsicle ideas! Looking forward to trying some out.

    1. Thanks Courtney :)
      I love the coconut-chai combination - I'll have to use it more often in recipes! I actually still have to work on the recipe for some coconut-chai pancakes that I made once and loved!

  3. Your popsicles are so adventurous and I love the idea of only making a couple so you can not only keep trying plenty of new flavours but also have multiple options available in the freezer at any time!

    1. Thanks! I agree...which reminds me, I'm running low on my popsicle supply again - time to make some more!

  4. I love all of these ideas, but the last one sounds the best too me too. :D You had me at fudgsicle texture! I find that when popsicles are too hard, I don't enjoy them much, so this sounds so good. And maybe if my melons ever ripen, I'll make the Cantaloupe & Mint popsicles!

    1. Thanks...I think it was a combination of the creamy coconut milk plus letting the popsicle sit at room temperature for a bit that gave it the perfect texture! I agree - I like to be able to chew on my popsicles, although the icy kinds are still refreshing!

  5. Mmm I have to agree once I read Coconut Chai I said to myself this would definitely be my favorite - they all look amazing but this one looks and sounds SUPER amazing!



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