Healthy homemade 4th of July ‘bomb pop’ fruit popsicles

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

Healthy bomb pop popsicles | Minnie in Manhattan

In honor of the 4th of July this Friday, I was in the mood for some red, white and blue in the form of a DIY. We all remember those colorful bomb pops, or rocket pops as some people call them, and especially around the 4th of July I always have a desire to grab one from a nearby ice cream truck.

These homemade bomb pops may not be as brightly colored as the ones we remember from childhood, but that’s because they’re completely all-natural and healthy! Made with just fruit, plain yogurt, and a bit of agave for added sweetness, this is a treat that you can feel good about enjoying year-round. Best of all, since the ingredients are limited and all the fruits chosen for the pops are healthy for dogs, you and your fur baby can enjoy them together 🙂 They also make a refreshing snack in the hot weather to help your dog stay hydrated.

The red layer of the pop is cherry, the white layer is coconut, and the blue layer is blueberry. Blueberries and cherries are natural superfruits, full of vitamins and antioxidants. Coconut health benefits are also becoming more well known because of their low glycemic index and heart-healthy fats.  I wish that the blueberry layer turned out more blue, but I didn’t want to alter the health benefits of these pops by adding artificial food coloring to them.  Apologies in advance for the vagueness of the measurements in my recipe for these pops, but all the ingredients you’ll use are to taste, and amounts depend on the size of your popsicle molds. More or less of a certain ingredient won’t hurt the recipe as long as you like the way it tastes! My measurements are just a guide.

This recipe makes about 8 popsicles.

For the red layer:

15 cherries, pitted (cherry pits are poisonous to dogs, so make sure all the pits make it to the garbage pronto)
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
Agave to taste

Combine the ingredients in a magic bullet or food processor, pulsing for about 10-15  seconds. It’s alright if the fruit stays a bit chunky.
Pour into the popsicle molds, only fill 1/3 of the way. Freeze for 20-30 minutes before pouring on the white layer.

For the white layer:

I chose to change it up for this layer by using coconut, but if you don’t like coconut or want to keep it simple, just use plain yogurt!
1.5 cups coconut milk (I used light coconut milk to keep the fat content low, but regular coconut milk is delicious and creamy when frozen)
2-3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine the coconut flakes into the coconut milk by pulsing in magic bullet for 1 – 2 seconds.
Pour into the popsicle mold, fill until the mold is 2/3 full. Freeze for 20-30 minutes before pouring on the blue layer.

For the blue layer: 

1-2 cups blueberries
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
Agave to taste

Combine the ingredients in the magic bullet, pulsing for about 10-15  seconds.
Pour into the popsicle molds, fill the rest of the way. Place the topper/handles on your popsicle molds and place in the freezer for a few hours until the entire pop is completely frozen.

If you’d like to use colorful paper straws in your pops instead of the plastic holder that the molds typically come with, insert your paper straws after you’ve frozen the red layer, so that they stand upright.

My recipe was inspired by this one on irresistiblepets.com.

Enjoy, and please let me know your your thoughts on this post in the comments!

 

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