These Homemade Mango Popsicles are one of our favorites both because they are so easy to make and because they are downright refreshing. And the Vitamin C and probiotics inside make them a great immunity booster for those little bellies!
Homemade Mango Popsicles
For the past month, we’ve had the occasional sweltering day and our fair share of spring colds. Because of this, we’ve been enjoying freezer pop season sooner than I expected—and trying to fill up on probiotics to help our bodies fight off the yuck—and the girls couldn’t be happier about this coping mechanism!
Probiotics in Kefir
Kefir, if you’re not familiar with it, is a probiotic-rich fermented dairy drink—which is a complicated way to say that it’s basically like drinkable yogurt with a bit more tang. It has beneficial components, just like yogurt, and is a good source of calcium and protein. It’s particularly delicious when paired with mango or berries since the sweetness of the fruit helps to smooth out the somewhat sour flavor. My older daughter won’t drink it on it’s own, but she loves it when it’s frozen into a pop.
Homemade Freezer Pops
These freezer pops are simply two ingredients blended together and they’re open to a wide variety of interpretations. Add in a sprinkle of shredded coconut or chia seeds, blend in some baby spinach, or even some oats. And be sure to serve on a very hot day—or pretend it’s a hot day with an indoor picnic!
Freezer pops shown are the Zoku Mini Popsicle Molds, which are a perfect size for little ones.Print
Use kefir that has fat in it if possible since little ones need fat (and it tends to make these taste great!)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango cubes
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened kefir
- Blend the mango and kefir together in a blender. Taste and adjust sweetness with a little honey or maple syrup if needed. (The mango is usually sweet enough on its own.)
- Pour into freezer pop molds and freeze for 4-6 hours or until firm.
You can also serve this in a cup straight from the blender as a smoothie or use yogurt instead of kefir if you prefer.