These naturally red, white, and blue patriotic popsicles are healthy and easy to make. They’re perfect for celebrating the fourth of July or any time you want to show off your patriotism.
With the coming of July, comes another beloved holiday, albeit one that isn’t celebrated here in Spain, Independence Day.
When I first wrote this post and made these popsicles for the blog, we were in the midst of FIFA World Cup celebrations. Spain had already been eliminated that year, but the US team was still in the competition. (That was quite unusual after Spain had won the last 2 major cups.)
With my German and French neighbors waving their countries’ flags in support of their teams, I also wanted to do something in support of my homeland.
So, the patriotic popsicles were born!
Red, white, and blue ingredients
I decided to use real food ingredients to make healthy popsicles. Over the years, I have made these in a variety of ways, with a variety of fruits and other ingredients. There are several ways to achieve the perfect red, white, and blue for your popsicles.
The red stripes
When I first made these, I opted to use fresh strawberries to make a beautiful red pureé for my popsicles.
While I love the shade of red achieved by using strawberries, other red fruits also work well. This year, when I couldn’t find fresh strawberries at the store, I chose to use raspberries. They were delicious and just as pretty!
If you can’t find fresh berries, you can also use frozen.
The white stars and stripes
If you want to make dairy-free vegan popsicles, try using vegan yogurt. Coconut yogurt is a great option. You can also just use coconut cream or even coconut milk.
For the stars, I used a star-shaped ice cube tray filled with yogurt. If you don’t have star-shaped trays, though, try cutting stars out of thin slices of apple or pear. (Star-shaped cookie cutters make it easier, but you can use a knife too!)
The blue section
For the blue section, I used a blueberry puree. I wasn’t sure they’d actually be blue enough for the blue section, but I think the color turned out well in the end.
If you want a brighter blue, consider adding some butterfly pea flower powder to the puree. (Or try one of the other blue natural colorings from my homemade food coloring post.)
Choose the molds
First choose a suitable mold. If you want to add a white star to the bottom of your popsicles, like mine, you’ll need to find something with a flat bottom.
I used a set of small, plastic coffee cups that they’d given me when we bought our coffee maker.
Make the popsicles
Next, make the white stars. You can either freeze yogurt or coconut cream in star-shaped ice cube trays, or cut out stars from slices of pear.
Meanwhile, prepare the blueberry puree.
When the stars have frozen, remove them from the ice cube tray and place one in the bottom of each mold. Pour the blueberry puree over them, and place the molds in the freezer.
When the blueberry puree has frozen solid enough to hold its shape, pour a thin layer of yogurt over it. You can choose to use sweetened or unsweetened yogurt.
Adding the popsicle sticks
Now is also the best time to add the popsicle sticks. They can be stabilized in the center with some aluminum foil. To keep the popsicle sticks straight up in the center of the cup, cover the cups with the foil and poked the popsicle stick through a hole made in the center of the foil. Make sure the sticks the layer of greek yogurt. I placed them like that into the freezer and once the yogurt froze, the sticks stayed up on their own, so I didn’t need to use the foil anymore for the other layers.
Meanwhile prepare a strawberry puree by blending some strawberries (or raspberries) with a blender. You can sweeten the puree if you like by adding a sweetener of choice. (We normally leave ours unsweetened.)
When the yogurt has frozen enough to stabilize the popsicle sticks in place, pour a thin layer of strawberry puree over the frozen layer of yogurt. Place in the freezer again.
To finish up the stripes. Add another layer of yogurt and another layer of red berry puree, freezing between additions. Freeze until completely solid after you’ve added the final layer.
Tips and Tricks for making these Patriotic Popsicles
Changing up the ingredients
Just as you can switch up what you use for the white areas of the popsicles, you can also make other adjustments to have these suit your taste.
For example, I didn’t use any sweeteners for my popsicles, but I realize that most people are going to want a sweeter patriotic treat. If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely want to add a sweetener, especially in the yogurt and strawberry layers. My husband felt they needed a little more sweetness, so he ended up drizzling some of my homemade “magic shell” over his. Of course, he prefers to add chocolate to just about anything anyway.
If you want these popsicles to be sweeter, you can sweeten them with honey, maple syrup, stevia, or another sweetener of your choice.
Also, I chose to make only 4 stripes, but you can keep layering the white and red layers as many times as you like! (It will, of course, depend on the size of the molds you are using too. )
In the end, these were pretty easy to make, and they are much healthier than most store-bought Popsicles!
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Popsicles
- 1 cup greek yogurt (or coconut milk, coconut cream, or coconut yogurt.)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries
- honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener optional, to taste
- To begin, make your white stars by making white, star-shaped “ice cubes” out of the greek yogurt. You can use coconut milk, coconut cream, or coconut yogurt instead to make these vegan and paleo. You can also sweeten the yogurt first if you want these to be sweeter. You can see that I used a syringe to easily fill the compartments without making a big mess.
- Meanwhile, make a puree with your blueberries. You can add a little honey or another sweetener as needed.
- Add a white star to the bottom of a flat bottomed popsicle mold. I used small cups with a flat bottom.
- Immediately cover them with your blueberry puree and freeze again.
- Once frozen, add a layer of yogurt or coconut. Place the popsicle stick into the yogurt layer. I used some aluminum foil to hold the stick up, and then placed them into the freezer to freeze the stick in place.
- Puree the strawberries; you can, again, optionally sweeten the puree with honey or another sweetener if you prefer.
- When your yogurt layer is frozen, cover it with a layer of strawberry puree and freeze again.
- Follow the process with one more layer of yogurt and one more layer of strawberry puree.
- When you are ready to serve them, you can ease the popsicles out gently by warming the sides of your cups with warm water while you gently pull on the stick.