The addition of lemon juice and lemon zest makes these strawberry popsicles are so light and refreshing!
Hot days require cool treats.
Are you too cheap to turn on the air-conditioner? Same here. I hate seeing my electricity bill skyrocket during the summer.
Instead, I try to combat the heat with lots and lots of frozen treats.
Homemade Strawberry Popsicle Recipe
Keep cool with these frozen strawberry goodies! This recipe only requires three ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and lemon.
Use of lemon juice and lemon zest helps to enhance the flavor of the strawberries. The acidity adds a pop of bright fresh notes.
It is best to use super ripe fresh strawberries. That way, you don’t have to add too much sugar.
Recommended Popsicle Molds
I highly recommend this popsicle mold. (It’s the one photographed above.) It is easy to fill and easy to clean.
These stainless steel molds are also great. However, you need to purchase two sets to make a dozen popsicles.
More summer popsicles featuring fresh fruits:
I’ve also noticed a recent trend with fancy artisanal frozen pops with interesting flavor combinations and unique fruits. Regardless of whether it’s a trend or not, popsicles are a mainstay that will be forever ingrained with hot summer days.
Take advantage of summer’s bounty. Use fresh fruits to make healthier-ish frozen treats.
- food processor or high speed blender
- popsicle molds
- 2 pints fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 pounds), hulled and sliced
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar (or more/less depending on sweetness of strawberries)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- finely grated zest from half a lemon
- sliced kiwi
- carrot-orange juice
- In a bowl, combine sliced strawberries and sugar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow strawberries to expel juice.
- In a food processor (or blender), combine strawberry-sugar mixture, lemon juice and lemon zest. Process until smooth.
- Pour strawberry puree into molds with wooden sticks and place in freezer.
- Freeze for at least 3 hours until popsicle is solid. To remove popsicles from mold, submerge mold into room temperature or slightly warm water for a couple of minutes. Remove from water and pull popsicles out.
- * If using kiwis, place a couple of sliced kiwis up against the inside of the mold. The kiwi should adhere to the sides. Then pour strawberry puree and freeze.
- * If adding carrot-orange juice, add after filling mold halfway with strawberry puree. Then freeze as normal.