A few weeks back, I mentioned our recent love of homemade popsicles. Today I’m going to share some of the made-up recipes we’ve tried and how we liked each of them.
First up was our original recipe which ultimately ended up being my favorite in the long-run. We used fresh blueberry, fresh pineapple (leftover from my DIY Fresh Pineapple Vase), coconut milk and Malibu Rum for the adult version.
Here were the ingredients prior to being blended in the Magic Bullet. In all the recipes outlines below, I tried to keep an even ratio of ingredients (except where otherwise noted). Basically, enough of each batch to fill the three popsicle molds each time.
You simply pour your pureed mixture into the Zoku machine, let it sit for about 7 minutes and you have three ready-to-serve popsicles! The version we have then can make an additional six popsicles before it has to be re-frozen again. It ends up being the perfect amount for us on hot summer days!
Here is a shot of the finished blueberry/pineapple/coconut version. So pretty and so delicious!
The next homemade popsicle we tried was a blend of fresh raspberries and fresh lime. Since I knew this would be a rather tart combination, I added 2 Tbsp of coconut milk to make it a bit creamier. In the end these were still very tart but also very refreshing!
The next combo was my second favorite. This was much like the first recipe, but without the blueberries. I did an almost even ratio of fresh pineapple to coconut milk and then spike it with Malibu Rum again. It tasted a lot like a pina colada!
The last combo we tried was fresh strawberries with two basil leaves thrown in (and some vodka for the adult versions). This one was very fruity and good, but I’m not convinced I loved the addition of the basil (even though I know this is a hot combo right now). next time I would probably mix the strawberries with coconut milk for a more creamy version.
It has been so fun to make fresh homemade popsicles on a whim, especially as the weather has really gotten warmer recently. This is obviously a really easy way to get your servings of fruit in on any given day without adding any additional sugar to your diet (like most of the grocery store versions). I also love that if you have fresh fruit that is start to wilt and/or not be quite so fresh any longer, you can still put it to use in a fun, sweet treat!
I can easily say our Zoku has been well-worth the investment so far. I’m eager to try a layered/striped look and to try some ingredients other than fruit. I’ll be sure to share any new (and favorite) recipes we try over the coming weeks!
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