Have you ever tried cherry lime popsicles? These homemade popsicles are made with fresh cherries and fresh limes and are a great way to beat the summer heat.
Homemade popsicles are a delicious and healthy way to use up leftover fruit and enjoy a fun summer treat. As a matter of fact, this delicious recipe is one of my favorite healthy popsicle recipes for kids.
Ingredients You Need to Make Cherry Lime Popsicles
To make cherry lime or cherry limeade popsicles you just need a handful of ingredients.
- fresh lime juice
- sweet cherries
- sugar (this recipe doesn’t need much sugar, if you prefer you can use maple syrup)
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Benefits of Making Cherry Lime Popsicles
Cherry season is between May and July. This makes these popsicles a perfect recipe to make during the hot summer months. Fresh cherries are full of antioxidants and vitamins like A, C and E. They mineral often get overlooked but, you may be surprised to learn that cherries are a great source of potassium too.
There are thousands of varieties of cherries grown in the US. However, sweet cherries (not tart), are the star of the show here. This recipe contains no artificial colors or flavors.
There popsicles are also dairy free, nut free and vegan.
How Long Does It Take to Freeze Popsicles?
Pack your patience because it’s going to take about 6 hour to freeze these popsicles.
How to Get Popsicles Out of the Mold
The best thing to do to get your favorite popsicles out of the ice pop molds is to run them under a little warm water before gently easing the popsicles out.
What to Do If you Don’t Have Popsicle Molds
If you don’t have or don’t want to use popsicle molds, you can pour the cherry-lime mixture into paper cups before freezing.
What to Do If You’re Using Wooden Sticks
If you’re using wooden sticks, pour the popsicle mixture into the molds before covering it with a few layers of plastic wrap (if your molds don’t come with a cover). Next stick the wooden sticks in so that they’re standing straight.
Other Tips to Make the Best Cherry Lime Popsicles
Always start with pitted cherries. Using a cherry pitter is a easy way to get it done.
Make sure that the sugar gets completely dissolved in the water before freezing.
If you prefer a creamier popsicle base, try swapping some or all of the water in this recipe for sugar-free coconut milk.
For even prettier popsicles, try placing thinly limes on the side of the molds before filling with liquid.
How to Avoid Making Cloudy Popsicles
There are a few things you can so to avoid cloudy popsicles. One option is to strain the cherry-limeade mixture after blending. Straining will avoid getting any cherry skins in the popsicle molds and yield a more transparent product. This step is not a necessity, but can be considered especially if you don’t have a high speed blender.
In addition, it’s very important to avoid over blending the popsicle mixture whether you’re using a food processor or a blender. Over blending can cause the creation of foam at the top of the mixture. If you see foam while blending, you should avoid pouring it into molds if you want a clear product.
When to Serve These Delicious Frozen Treats
- When the grandkids come over.
- At the pool.
- On a hot summer day.
- If you’re in search of a “better for you” dairy-free cool treat
I Can’t Find Fresh Cherries. Can I Use Frozen?
If you can’t find good fresh organic cherries, go right ahead and use frozen ones in this recipe.
Who is This Recipe For?
While this cherry limeade popsicle recipe is perfect for kids, adults will be pleased with the mixture of sweet and tart that these flavors bring.
How to Store Frozen Popsicles
To store homemade popsicles at home, first make sure that the popsicles are completely frozen.
Remove them from their plastic or silicone molds.
Store in freezer bags for up to 1 month.
What To Do with Leftover Cherry Lime Popsicle Mixture
Interestingly enough, this cherry lime popsicle mixture makes a delicious drink. So if you have any leftover cherry lime popsicle mixture or are craving a refreshing beverage, after blending the liquid just pour it over some ice.
- 2 cups cherries (pitted)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 fresh lime juice
- 6 tbsp granulated sugar
- Add pitted cherries to blender.
- To a small bowl mix sugar and water and stir until dissolved.
- Add the mixture to the blender and blend until the cherries are completely pulverized.
- Pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours.
- If using a metal or plastic mold, run the tips of the mold under hot water for a few seconds before trying to remove.
Feel free to use a fine mesh to strain the popsicle mixture after blending to get more translucent popsicles.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 48Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 0g