Rainbow Popsicles

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!
Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!We have a double whammy! Last week we shared our recipe for rainbow smoothies and today we’re sharing a recipe for rainbow popsicles! One fun recipe – 2 great ideas!

I like to think of it like muffins and bread. You can make banana bread muffins or banana bread out of the same batter. Same thing here – rainbow smoothie or rainbow popsicles but the base recipe is the same!

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!In the rainbow smoothie recipe I talk a lot about how to make the smoothies, what kind of ingredients you’ll need, and how to layer the smoothie.

Today I’m going to talk about taking this recipe from a smoothie and making it into a popsicle!

In order to make popsicles at home you’ll need a popsicle mold and popsicle sticks. I rounded up 8 fun molds that will definitely get us excited about popsicle season!

Fun popsicle molds plus a recipe for rainbow popsicles!#1 – Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold – they kind of look like spaceships!
#2 – Ice Cream Cone Mold – how fun?!
#3 – Ring Pop Mold – hello 1990s!!
#4 – Standard Popsicle Mold – this is the one I own and love it!
#5 – Rocket Popsicle Mold – I could definitely see myself buying this one when we have kids!
#6 – Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicle Mold – GREAT idea!
#7 – Squeezable mold – with a cap so you can save the popsicle for late!
#8 – Double popsicle mold – 2 popsicles in one, share one or eat them both!

So fun, I think I want all of them now!!

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!Layering the smoothies in the mold is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mold. It’s natural for the layers to blend a bit, but I have noticed that spooning the smoothies into the mold versus pouring the smoothie in from a glass leaves better results.

Once the molds are filled, freeze the popsicles overnight.

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!To get the popsicles to release from the mold, fill your kitchen sink with room temperature water. Place the mold in the water, making sure the water does not go above the top of the mold.

Allow the mold to sit in the water for a few seconds.

Begin to wiggle a popsicle free. If it feels tough, allow them to set in the water a few more seconds.
Once all of the popsicles are removed from the mold, enjoy or wrap the extras in plastic wrap and return to the freezer.

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!Here’s the best part, most likely you’ll have leftover smoothie (unless you’re making 30+ popsicles at one time) so you can enjoy a rainbow smoothie while you wait for your rainbow popsicles to freeze!

Rainbow Popsicles

Yield: 30+ popsicles

Total Time: 24 hours

Ingredients:

RED LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • water or liquid for blending

ORANGE LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • water or liquid for blending

YELLOW LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

GREEN LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 handful (or more) spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • water or liquid for blending

BLUE LAYER

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • small amount of blue food coloring
  • water or liquid for blending

PURPLE LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • water or liquid for blending

MAGENTA LAYER

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
  • 1/2 cup sliced beets
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries

Directions:

FOR EACH SMOOTHIE

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to help it blend if it's too thick.
  2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl or container, rinse the blender and prep the next smoothie.

TO ASSEMBLE THE RAINBOW POPSICLES

  1. Carefully layer each color smoothie in a popsicle mold in rainbow order.
  2. Layering the smoothies in the mold is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mold. It’s natural for the layers to blend a bit, but I have noticed that spooning the smoothies into the mold versus pouring the smoothie in from a glass leaves better results.
  3. Once the molds are filled, add the sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight.
  4. To get the popsicles to release from the mold, fill your kitchen sink with room temperature water. Place the mold in the water, making sure the water does not go above the top of the mold.
  5. Allow the mold to sit in the water for a few seconds.
  6. Begin to wiggle a popsicle free. If it feels tough, allow them to set in the water a few more seconds.
  7. Once all of the popsicles are removed from the mold, enjoy or wrap the extras in plastic wrap and return to the freezer.
This recipe will make A LOT of rainbow popsicles! You can definitely cut each smoothie recipe in half if you'd prefer to not have tons of extra smoothie. If you are opposed to using a small amount of blue food coloring to achieve the blue layer, it's totally fine to skip that layer! If you want to go the all natural route, here is a tutorial for how to make natural blue food coloring, or you can buy natural blue food coloring here or here as well.

Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit! Outstanding 7 layer rainbow popsicles! Make your own homemade rainbow popsicles with lots of fresh fruit!
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20 Responses to “Rainbow Popsicles”

  1. Quin — March 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Love these popsicles!!! Not only are they super pretty but they sound absolutely delicious too 😍

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Awww thank you Quin!

  2. Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron — March 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    These are just gorgeous, Beth!  I love that they’re healthy, too.  And those popsicle molds are all SO cute!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thank you Denise! Yes.. which to choose :)

  3. Tin — March 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome colors and fruity too! Very summer refreshing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 14, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Thank you Tin!

  4. Jason — March 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Fantastic healthy idea for the kids…… well yes and me too! Keep up the good recipes!

  5. Deby Hogue — March 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Very Nice! Love all the colors. Hope you can check my Pops out sometime. Sunset Pops and more. Deby

  6. These have to be the prettiest popsicles I have ever seen!!  And they look so fun!!!

  7. Linda Wiseman — April 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Wow, these popsicles look delicious and they are so colorful! Great idea! My grandchildren would LOVE them! 

  8. Rachel — April 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful! But why use blue food coloring instead of blue berries?

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 30, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I tried to make a blue smoothie using just blueberries, yogurt, and a banana. As much as I wanted it to be blue, it was purple. So to get the blue layer to actually be blue, I simply repeated the yellow layer (since it’s the lightest color) and added blue food coloring. A rainbow just isn’t a rainbow without blue!

  9. Lauren — May 2, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Can you make the smoothies without bananas and still make the Popsicles? My daughter is allergic to bananas.

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Hi Lauren! I am sure you can, I would suggest googling banana substitutes for smoothies!

  10. Y. — May 20, 2016 at 2:53 am

    How did you spoon the first few colours into the molds without getting the mixture on the sides of the mold? When I tried to spoon them in, or even pipe them in with a sandwich bag, the layers on the lowest part of the mold would inevitably end up smearing a bit on the sides.

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Mixing of the layers is natural – using smoothie mixtures that are thicker will help them from blending too much.

  11. Frai — May 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hi! Can you explain how you spooned the layers in so neatly? Whenever I’ve done multi-layered popsicles without freezing each layer first, I’ve had difficulty getting the first/bottom layers into the moulds without smearing the colour on the sides of the mould. I’ve even tried piping the layers in with a sandwich bag without much greater success. How did you get yours so cleanly layered?

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Hi Frai! I just used a spoon to spoon the smoothie into the mold. Having thicker smoothie mixtures will help from them blending too much.

  12. Brittany — May 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    These look awesome! Can’t wait to try them out for the kiddos.

  13. Julie — May 26, 2016 at 4:59 am

    I have just reposted your ABSOLUTELY amazing article about the rainbow popsicles on Instagram- LOVE THIS! <3

    Warm greetings from Thailand! :)

    Julie

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