SELF sent me some popsicle recipes with permission to reprint them, and they were interesting enough to pass along to you. The recipes are definitely different than the usual cherry/grape/lime/orange options I'm used to seeing in the stores.


Take a look at these recipes and see if any of them appeal to you. Let me know which ones (if any) you’ll be cooling off with this summer.


Popsicle Guide
Use the chart below as a guide: buzz a base, sweetener, and a flavor in a blender and stir in a booster for texture. Pour into eight 3-ounce Dixie cups (or reusable popsicle mold) and insert a craft stick or plastic knife and freeze for six hours. Then enjoy!
Watermelon-Lime-Cilantro (62 calories)
Base: 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
Sweetener: 6 tablespoons sugar; 1 tablespoon honey
Flavor: 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Booster: 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
Chunky Pineapple-Chile (61 calories)
Base: 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
Sweetener: 3/4 cup pineapple juice; 3 tablespoons sugar
Flavor: 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice; 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile
Booster: 1 cup coarsely chopped pineapple
Crunchy Peanut Butter-Banana (165 calories)
Base: 3 medium bananas; 1 cup 1 percent milk
Sweetener: 3 tablespoons honey
Flavor: 5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Booster: 1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
Avocado-Mango (93 calories)
Base: 3 cups cubed mango; 3/4 ripe avocado
Sweetener: 5 tablespoons sugar
Flavor: 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Booster: 1 tablespoons grated orange zest 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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