With temperatures in the Pacific Northwest reaching into the mid-80s of late, it’s time to think cool summer treats. As it heats up outside, I try not to heat the oven up too often. Luckily,when you’re wanting something sweet, there’s no need to get all hot and bothered.

Making your own popsicles is a fantastic way to use your fruit and to try refreshing flavor combinations.

It’s not only much less expensive to make your own, but it’s also free of nasty additives and high fructose corn syrup.

You can personalize homemade popsicles as well. If you don’t want to use white sugar, substitute stevia, agave or honey (making sure to adjust the ratio depending on which one you use). You can even leave the additional sugar out completely if you want, and use a fruit juice instead.

You don’t even have to have popsicle molds to make these. I used small plastic cups as molds, and chopsticks as the sticks.

Other great combos would be blueberry and lime, kiwi and mango, or even raspberry and banana.

Until our next organic adventure,

Adrienne

Terra Organics Produce Box Items Used:
Strawberries
Lemons

 

Strawberry, Lemon & Mint Popsicles
Makes 3 (7-ounce) popsicles

To make the simple syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

16 ounces fresh strawberries, leafy tops removed
Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon
15 leaves of fresh mint
3 (9-ounce) plastic cups, small Dixie cups or popsicle molds
chopsticks  (broken in half) or popsicle sticks

To make the simple syrup, in a small saucepan over high heat, add the sugar and water and heat until just boiling. Set aside to cool.

In a food processor, add the strawberries, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pulse for about 20 seconds, or until the strawberries are finely chopped.

Pour in 1 cup of the cooled simple syrup into the strawberry mixture.

Tear the mint leaves into small pieces and stir into the liquid.

Pour the mixture into each plastic cup, filling three-quarters full.

Place a chopstick or popsicle stick in the middle of the filled cup and freeze overnight.

To free from the cup, gently squeeze. If it still doesn’t come out, run under hot water for 5 seconds.

Read more of Adrienne’s recipes on her blog, A Big Mouthful

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