Blueberry Kefir Popsicles are the most refreshing and nutritious treat on a hot summer day. Your kids will love these sweet and tangy pops, and you will love that they are loaded with nutrients and probiotics!
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Our kids love popsicles in the summertime. Who doesn’t, right? Most store-bought popsicles are loaded with dyes, artificial flavors and so. much. sugar. Even the more natural fruit popsicles are hard to find without a bunch of extra sugar. Thankfully, popsicle molds are cheap and it’s super easy to make homemade popsicles!
We make the same blueberry kefir smoothie over and over at our house, and this summer, we have been throwing that same recipe into popsicle molds and making the best tangy, sweet ice pops. They cool us down on hot summer days, and the added health benefits from the kefir are always welcome. If you’re not familiar with kefir, it is a probiotic drink made from milk that has been fermented with kefir grains. It is full of nutrients, probiotics, beneficial bacteria and enzymes that are great for gut health. The taste of milk kefir alone is a little strong for my kids, but add it into a fruity frozen snack and they don’t complain!
If you’ve never made homemade kefir, check out this post to learn how to make our favorite Raw Milk Kefir:
We love these refreshing popsicles because they are tart and tangy and not overwhelmingly sweet. The kefir gives the popsicles a tangy flavor like plain yogurt, and the lemon juice is so tart and refreshing. Add some honey or maple syrup to balance out the sour popsicles, and you’ve got a healthy treat that everyone will love!
what you’ll need to make blueberry kefir popsicles
- raw milk kefir
- lemon juice
- honey or maple syrup
(If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use paper cups and wooden sticks)
how to make blueberry kefir pops
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 4-6 hours until completely solid. If the popsicles do not easily release from the molds, run the molds under hot water to loosen it up. Best enjoyed on a hot summer day!
can you use store-bought kefir
You can definitely make this recipe using a store-bought plain, unflavored kefir instead of making your own. The only downside is that store-bought kefir does not contain nearly as much good bacteria as homemade kefir – especially if you’re making your kefir with raw milk. The pasteurization of the milk and the cultures used in a commercialized process just don’t compare to what you can achieve at home.
how to store blueberry kefir popsicles
After the popsicles are completely frozen, remove all of the popsicles and layer them into a glass storage container with a tight fitting lid. Store them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks, unless you enjoy them right away like we usually do.
variations to try
-This recipe is easily modified using any kinds of berries or other fruit! If you add bananas, you probably won’t need to add any extra sweetener because they are naturally pretty sweet.
-If you do not want to make your own kefir, you can use a store-bought plain, unflavored kefir.
-Kefir pops tend to be more icy than creamy, so if you prefer a creamier popsicle, try using plain yogurt instead.
-Try adding some spinach or kale into the mix for some extra vitamins and nutrients! I am always sneaking greens into different things to get a few more vegetables in throughout the day.
-Lime juice in place of lemon juice gives these popsicles a yummy sour flavor!
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- 2 cups kefir
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 4-6 hours until completely solid.
- If the popsicles do not easily release from the molds, run the molds under hot water to loosen it up.
- Best enjoyed on a hot summer day!