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Quick, No Cook Strawberry Basil Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

Hello and welcome to the new food portion of my blogging life! This site is technically its own, free-standing blog with a separate WordPress installation on my www.natashalh.com domain. I’m sorry to say that means you’ll have to ‘follow’ this blog separately if you want updates because they won’t show up under my Natashalh feed. Following me an additional time isn’t difficult or time-consuming, though, just click this little button =)
 

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I do have to warn you, though, that I’m not your typical ‘food blogger.’ I’ve noticed lots of people like to share beautiful pictures of their tasty creations all throughout the page. This is because it is sort of annoying, and even pretty difficult, to take pictures of a recipe in progress and things in the making usually just aren’t that attractive. I don’t care if it makes my page a little less attractive – I love step by step photos when I’m cooking so I can tell if I’m doing things ‘right.’ That is why my posts have less than beautiful photos of food in the works.

Now that business is out of the way, allow me to introduce my inaugural recipe on this blog. Spring finally showed up this week, which means summer will arrive next week for me in South Carolina. I have always loved frozen desserts and drinks. As a kid, my grandmother and I would make orange popsicles the first night I came to visit the old family farm each summer. Then, I would be allowed to have one a day for as long as they lasted. I could choose when during the day I wanted it, but I couldn’t have more than one unless it was an exceptionally short visit and there were more popsicles than days in my trip!

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This simple, but delicious, recipe is a great summer treat, no matter your age. It combines the deliciousness of strawberries with the tang of lemon and a hint of earthiness with the basil. Don’t worry – the basil flavor doesn’t dominate the popsicles; it just adds a little extra depth to the flavor profile. I call it a “no cook” popsicle recipe because it does not call for heating water and sugar together to make a simple syrup. Adding granulated sugar to something you’re going to freeze can turn out grainy and weird, so it does need to be heated. I circumvented this problem by using honey, instead. Besides, what could be more timeless than honey and lemon?

Ingredients

1 quart container of fresh strawberries

6-8 basil leaves

1/2 cup of water

1 lemon, or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2-3 tablespoons of honey

The Recipe

1. Find and clean your popsicle molds! If you haven’t used them since last season, this may take some hunting, so go ahead and do it now. This recipe should fill 6-8 molds. My molds have these handy little straws to sip off any meltage and I love them!

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2. Measure out about 1.5 cups of whole strawberries and rinse them well. This isn’t an exact sort of thing – use more than half of your quart container, but not quite all. =)

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3. Cut the tops off the strawberries and place the de-topped strawberries in your blender.

4. Add 4-6 basil leaves, depending on the size of the leaves and your taste. I originally only used four, but the flavor was hardly noticeable, at all, so I added two more.

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5. Add the juice of one lemon, or about 2 tablespoons, 2-3 tablespoons of honey, and half a cup of water.

6. Puree!

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7. Pour the purred strawberry basil lemonade into your popsicle molds. Remember that you shouldn’t fill them all the way to the top! They will expand as they freeze, so give them a bit of space.

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8. If desired, slice a couple additional strawberries and drop the slices down in the popsicle molds for some added fun.

9. Place in your freezer and resist temptation for as long as possible! Ideally, you should let them freeze overnight. I know, it’s a bummer to wait for them.

10. Enjoy!

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Aren’t these delightfully easy? They are super delicious, too, and worth the wait. They’re really healthy and should only have about 50 calories a popsicle! Plus, they lack preservatives, corn syrup, artificial colors, funny chemicals you can’t pronounce, and so many of the other ingredients found in grocery store frozen desserts. If you want something ready a little faster, substitute a cup of ice for the half cup of water and blend up a smoothie-like treat on the spot!

What are your favorite popsicle flavors? Do you go for the classic orange, or do you like to branch out a little?

Natasha Hoover

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  • Susan Zutautas May 1, 2013, 8:34 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Will try these in the heat of summer.

    • natashalh May 1, 2013, 8:59 am

      Thank you for being the first person to stop by the new food section of my blog!

  • marieken May 1, 2013, 9:16 am

    I love the combination of strawberries and basil in salads, so I can imagine that these popsicles are very tasty. I will try them when strawberry season starts!

    • natashalh May 1, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Yes, it is kind of like a strawberry basil salad…minus some vinegar and spinach. =) I hope you enjoy them and enjoy strawberry season, too!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 1, 2013, 11:18 am

    How perfect for summer! I’m pinning this one now. 🙂

    • natashalh May 1, 2013, 12:52 pm

      Thank you!! =)

  • Cyndi May 1, 2013, 3:53 pm

    OMG – I need to save this recipe and make it! My hubby will be ALL OVER this! Thanks for the idea. 😀

    • natashalh May 1, 2013, 4:59 pm

      =)! I am thrilled that so many people have stopped by this recipe! I love it and can’t wait to share it with my man in about a month. I bet he’ll want to make mojito pops, so keep an eye open for them! I hope you enjoy the popsicles.

  • Ruchira May 1, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Must be pretty cool and help to fight the high temp’s.

    Will give it a try 🙂

    • natashalh May 1, 2013, 5:00 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so excited that people have come by and commented on my new blog. It’s really made my day!

  • tam May 1, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Must.have.this…..

    • natashalh May 2, 2013, 8:07 am

      Ahahaha. They’re quick and easy – go make some!

  • kendra kay May 2, 2013, 11:53 am

    i am all over this girl! looks so good and you made it up yourself?!! awesome. gonna try with my son, he will LOVE THIS! hope all is well with you. 🙂

    • natashalh May 2, 2013, 12:09 pm

      I drew some inspiration from a few other popsicle recipes, but, yes, this one is ultimately me! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it!

  • Elena May 2, 2013, 5:11 pm

    OMG, this sounds amazing! I could go for one right now ;o) Thanks for the follow on bloglovin’; I’m happy to return the favor! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • natashalh May 2, 2013, 5:44 pm

      I just had one about an hour ago! Thanks for stopping by and for the well wishes =)

  • Sandra May 3, 2013, 2:59 pm

    YUM! Those sound delicious, and just perfect for the summer 🙂

    • natashalh May 3, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Now I just need for the weather to actually warm up! Thanks for stopping in.

  • Linda May 3, 2013, 4:03 pm

    This is wonderful!! Thanks so much for showing how to do it. I have to get the Popsicle forms. Must do. I’m pinning. Period! Love it. Linda

    • natashalh May 3, 2013, 6:53 pm

      They’re so inexpensive and can be used for years! Popsicle molds are a great ‘investment.’ Thanks for pinning!

  • JeanneP May 4, 2013, 2:07 pm

    These sound so good!!! I will definitely have to give these a try!! Thanks so much Natasha!

    • natashalh May 4, 2013, 6:15 pm

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by my new blog page! Maybe I should include some puppy recipes along the way.

  • Meg Sluyter May 4, 2013, 4:15 pm

    These sound amazing! I <3 strawberries so I think I MUST try these. Those popsicle molds with the straws would come in really handy with my kids (they always manage to have popsicle juice running down their arms). Do you remember where you found those? I look forward to seeing more wonderful recipes too! 🙂

    • natashalh May 4, 2013, 6:15 pm

      They were actually an Easter present from my mom, but she got them at Hobby Lobby!

  • Chloe Moon May 4, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Ooo this must be delicious!!! =)

    • natashalh May 4, 2013, 6:18 pm

      They’re very tasty! Subtly sweet and tangy =) Thanks for stopping in!

  • Jess May 7, 2013, 12:20 pm

    These look tasty! 🙂

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    • natashalh May 7, 2013, 1:04 pm

      I look forward to stopping by next week, as well!

  • Hannah May 12, 2013, 8:59 pm

    MM yum!! Pinning this to my ‘It’s Sunny Summer’ board now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    • natashalh May 13, 2013, 8:09 am

      Awesome – thanks so much for pinning and stopping by! I’ve got to go check out your linked post because I love golden syrup.

  • Marlys @Thisand That May 14, 2013, 3:43 pm

    These looks like an awesome combination and I am going to try them if we ever get warm weather here. Thanks for sharing them on Tried and True Recipes Party. I am now on new follower.
    Marlys @ This is and That (co-host of Tried and True Recipes)

    • natashalh May 14, 2013, 4:13 pm

      Ugh – I feel like I’m still waiting for warm weather, too! This has been the longest spring ever for me in South Carolina. Though, to be fair, my idea of ‘spring’ is probably a lot of people’s summer! Thanks for stopping by!

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