3 summer popsicle recipes

It's getting hot. These will cool you down.

Summer means hot weather, sunshine, pool days and time spent outside. Nothing beats a cold, refreshing popsicle on a hot day. Instead of buying popsicles full of artificial preservatives, colors and flavors at the grocery store, make your own with one of these three simple recipes.

Cranberry Lemonade Popsicles (from Peanut Butter and Peppers)

Ingredients
• 2 cups Diet Cran-Lemonade (I used Ocean Spray)
• 24 raspberries, fresh
• 6 Popsicle mold container, 4 oz each mold
• 6 straws

Directions
• In each popsicle mold, place 3 raspberries, then pour lemonade over top of raspberries. Place straw or stick into the center of each mold. I used the raspberries to hold the straw in place. Carefully place popsicle mold in the freezer for about 6 to 8 hours or until harden.
• When ready to serve, carefully un-mold popsicle from the mold. You will have to run warm water on the mold for the popsicle to release. Just don’t pull on the straw. The popsicle will release and then you can pull from the straw.
• Serve and enjoy!

Tropical Pops (from Rawforbeauty.com)

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
• 1 banana
• 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions
• Blend ingredients and pour in a popsicle mold
• Freeze and enjoy!

Fruit Popsicles

Ingredients
• Cut fresh fruit (kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, and mangos work well)
• Brewed iced tea or coconut water

Directions
• Place cut fruit in popsicle molds and pour iced tea or coconut water to fill the mold
• Freeze and enjoy!

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