Festive (And Spikeable) July 4th Popsicles

A festive and healthy way to beat the heat this Independence Day, these layered ice pops use antioxidant-rich berries, watermelon, banana, and coconut to create the patriotic colorways. The kids will enjoy these naturally sweetened popsicles (correct, there’s no added sugar)—and a splash of tequila in the spikeable version makes for a refreshingly boozy treat for the grown-ups. Each layer needs some time to freeze, so be sure to make these the day before your July 4th celebrations.

Makes 12 ice pops

Layer 1: Strawberry & Watermelon
1 cup whole strawberries
1 cup diced watermelon
½ cup water or coconut water

Layer 2: Banana & Coconut
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 medium banana

Layer 3: Wild Blueberry
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
½ cup 100% apple juice

1. Combine the strawberries, watermelon, and water in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, filling each about 1/3 of the way up. Place molds in the freezer (do not insert sticks yet) and allow to freeze for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm.

2. While the first batch is freezing, wash out the blender (to not darken your layer of white) and repeat the process by blending the coconut milk and banana. Pour this second layer into the molds, and return to the freezer for another 20 minutes.

3. For the final layer, blend the wild blueberries and apple juice until smooth. Fill the popsicle molds to the top with the blue mixture, and then gently insert sticks and/or caps of the molds. Return to the freezer and allow to completely freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.*

*Note: For the alcoholic version, mix 1 tablespoon of tequila with each layer and allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes to freeze between layers. Use different molds or add garnishes of fresh fruit, so it’s easy to tell which ice pops contain alcohol.

Nutrition info per ice pop: Calories: 66; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 8 grams; Sugars: 4 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Sodium: 7 milligrams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Fiber: 1 gram