Things on a stick are fun. Cold, sweet things on a stick are even more fun. Something healthy might not sound fun, but can be if you do it right. You don’t have to have heavy cream and tons of sugar to enjoy a nice ice pop.
So let the condensation bubble up on more than your bottles and cans as you hang out outside in the spring and summer weather. Your sweet, cool desserts and snacks can sweat a little too. When temperatures creep up outside, many of us desire desserts at temperatures that drop down the Fahrenheit scale.
Orange Carrot Ice Pops
This ice pop was one guy’s solution to the Creamsicle when he was trying to reduce his sugar intake. Use store-bought juices if you don’t have a juicer at home. There’s only 1/4 cup of sugar in 10 pops, which is not much at all. Plus you get all the nutrients from ginger, carrots, an apple, and an orange. Get the recipe.
Creamy Coconut Mixed Berry Ice Pops
Make use of summer berries with these color-blocked pops. Coconut contributes the cream in this simple recipe by Laura from Fork Knife Swoon, which she writes from coastal Washington state. Get the recipe.
3. Healthy Chocolate Fudge Pops
When you must have your chocolate fix, this will ease your shakes. Full-fat coconut milk wins again in making an ice pop creamy, but bananas do their part too. Get the recipe.
4. Green Monster Pops
Get some spinach or another green in your pops, which are sweetened with pineapple. It’s a great idea from Christine Chitnis, author of this delightful cookbook, Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet. Get the recipe.
5. Easy Yogurt Breakfast Ice Pops
Ice pops for breakfast — what?! Yay! And it’s easy too, just tossing together what you would normally in a bowl for breakfast, like yogurt, granola, fruit, and honey. Use Greek yogurt for more protein. Get the recipe.
Check out our how-to video on making Peaches ‘n’ Cream Ice Pops.
— Head photo: I Heart Naptime.
Amy Sowder is the assistant editor at Chowhound in New York City. She loves cheesy things, especially toasties and puns. She’s trying to like mushrooms. Her running habit is the excuse for her gelato passion. Or is it the other way around? Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog, What Do I Eat Now. Learn more at AmySowder.com.