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Sunday
Jun162013

Berry Firecracker Popsicles

Who doesn't love a popsicle?

Especially when the sun is shining and temps are above 90 degrees.

Popsicles are one of the best summer treats no matter your age.

They are also one of the easiest treats to make.  All you'll need is a blender and a popsicle mold.  But really, you can even do without the popsicle mold if you have a few small paper cups.  Pour the mixture in, place a stick for the handle, freeze, then peel the paper cup away once frozen. 

Super simple!

Growing up, I would have to say my very favorite popsicle was the firecracker popsicle.  The electric blue raspberry layer was my favorite.

If only blue-raspberry was an actual fruit...

I went a little more au naturale with these popsicles using just a handful of ingredients and minimal sweetness.

You know, instead of this: water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, contains 1 percent or less of the following: dextrose, malic acid, guar gum, citric acid, raspberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, cherry juice concentrate, modified cellulose, natural and artificial flavor, locust bean gum, red 40, blue 1. 

Not that I would deny an old school firecracker popsicle if someone handed it to me on a hot day.  I would definitely eat it.

But these are a fantastic alternative and a simple recipe to have the kids help with.

The addition of coconut water makes these pops extra hydrating!  Perfect for those scorching summer days.

Print this!

Berry Firecracker Popsicles gluten-free, vegan // yields 4 popsicles

Strawberry Layer:

  • 1 cup hulled strawberries, partially frozen
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agave, or honey
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut water

Blackberry Blueberry Layer:

  • 1/2 cup blackberries, partially frozen
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, partially frozen
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agave, or honey
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut water

Lime Layer:

*lime juice amount decreased 6/25

  • 1 1/4 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2-3/4 cups coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

*You want to start with berries that are either frozen then half thawed, or fresh and then half frozen.  Either way works!

  1. Blend the strawberry layer ingredients in your blender, using the least amount of coconut water to reach a smooth consistency.  You want the mixture as thick as possible for all of the layers.
  2. Empty into a bowl or glass and freeze for about 30 minutes until starting to thicken. 
  3. Rinse your blender then blend the blackberry/blueberry layer ingredients in your blender, using the least amount of coconut water to reach a smooth consistency.
  4. Place in a bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes until starting to thicken. 
  5. Rinse your blender then blend the lime layer ingredients in your blender, using the least amount of coconut water to reach a smooth consistency.  Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
  6. Place in a bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes until starting to thicken. 
  7. After all mixtures have thickened [You are trying to reach a texture where you can spoon the layers on top of one another without them mixing.  Like a thick slushy.] spoon the strawberry mixture into your popsicle molds first about 1/3 of the way up.  Tap on the counter to level.
  8. Spoon in the lime mixture next making sure there are no air pockets [lightly poke with the top end of the spoon to help fill gaps] then top with the blackberry/blueberry layer and level off the top.  
  9. Place popsicle sticks in the ends [should be thick enough that they remain standing] and freeze until solid.  ~4-5 hours.
  10. Serve once frozen.

*Since popsicle mold sizes greatly vary you may need more of less of each mixture to fill your molds.  

*For a creamier version use full fat or light canned coconut milk instead of coconut water!

If you want a bunch of these on hand for a party or holiday, like July 4th, here's what to do: make 1 batch of popsicles, then remove them from the molds and wrap in parchment paper, then place on a baking sheet in your freezer, make another batch, and repeat, continuing to stack them on the baking sheet wrapped in parchment...remove the parchment paper + serve!

Ashley

Reader Comments (20)

Oh! I love this. What a great idea regarding the coconut water addition. I'll have to make some of these treats as "recovery" after a long run. It will just happen to be a treat, too! :)
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Dawn
You read my mind!! Building a popsicle mold is on my list of things to do this summer (I need to find a super cool looking one!). And then, I will make these!!!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
Great idea! Much healthier than the traditional, store-bought variety. Love the photos!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Totally in love with these sweet treats and the pictures. So refreshing and summery!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Haha, this reminds me of those rocket pops that used to be popular when I was a kid. I bet my girls would love these! They combine their two favorite things: berries and popsicles. :-D Where did you get your molds by the way?
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
oh man, those popcicles were my absolute favorites! although I think they were called rockets here in Canada... yay for natural, whole food summery goodness!
Oh my gosh, these look fantastic! So making them for my grandkids!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJet Pabst
Yep, those need to be in my freezer ASAP. Those look so refreshing.
These are so pretty!!! They look awesome!!!!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. & Mrs. P
These look awesome! The firecrackers were always my favorite too!
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
I love that you used coconut water in a popsicle recipe. I've been drinking it a bit lately and loving it, but was wondering how else I could use it. I bet these pops are super refreshing and hydrating, perfect for summer.
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaty (Katy's Kitchen)
@Angela Dawn - Awesome thinking! These would be great after a long run or ride.

@Lauren - I got them a few years back and can't remember, but I've seen them everywhere lately. Target for sure and even Whole Foods had a bunch [$10] in all different shapes.

@Christa - I think they were called Rocket Pops or Firecrackers here...and I've also heard "bomb pops." Funny!

@Katy - I'm actually not a huge fan of drinking it [something with the flavor] but I do love it's hydrating power! :)
June 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love the bright colours in these popsicles, fruits truly are nature's skittles :D
x x
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIbbs
I was just telling a friend the other day how much I wanted to make popsicles! Were you eavesdropping? ;) Haha, these look wonderful! I love the layers. So pretty! It would be fun to try these with yogurt too. :)
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex@Veggin' Out
Again this recipe looks beautiful and delicious! These would be great for the 4th of July. I recently made kale lemonade popsicles that were yummy, but I found they turned out a little icy. Did you run into the same issue with these?
@Jillienne - Using the least amount of coconut water as possible will help make them less icy. I didn't find these overly icy but very similar to the all-fruit popsicles you can buy at the store. If you used mostly or all lemonade and no blended fruit that's probably the reason they were on the icy side. Sounds like a fun combo, though!
June 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
These are beautiful! I need to get my hands on a popsicle mold so that my frozen creations are this pretty.
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
These look so nice. I'm gonna try them on my teething son this week. Thanks for the inspiration!
June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina
I would eat popsicles every single day if I could. Definitely making these... all that lime zest is totally speaking to me...
June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon-Burnsed
Whoa, I'm so excited to try these!! I've been hoarding popsicle recipes like a crazy person lately. So fun and so easy when I don't feel like turning on my oven.

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