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Homemade non-dairy ice cream bars are a summer staple at our house!  We keep the recipe loose and everyone helps to customize the batch.  They are as fun for the kids to make as they are to enjoy!

Simple Summer Fun: Maple Berry "Ice Cream" Bars

Next week school will be out and summer will be in FULL SWING!  Do you still get those butterflies of excitement during the last week of school?  I think it's ingrained in me from my youth.  To me this is the week when it really FEELS like summer; with Canada Day on Saturday and many families taking off to the cottage, it's no wonder everyone I see is smiling!

All this week I'll be sharing some fun + really simple summer activities that you can do with the kids & make some memories. They're all free and require very little planning (if any).  If you make some, be sure you take some photos.  I'd love to see what you're up to, so follow me @rachael.little and tag #woodstocksummerfun with your pictures! 

Making non-dairy frozen treat bars

Today I'm sharing a recipe for a sweet (but healthy) treat we enjoy as an alternative to ice cream bars. My son has a condition called FPIES, which means he cannot consume dairy (that includes ice cream!!).  So instead we just make our own coconut milk popsicles!

Picture of berries and banana for a recipe. 
Making homemade popsicles using berries and a magic bullet

My mom started making these treats for Sam when she'd babysit. It's a great treat because my son loves to make them, AND enjoy them!  Plus the recipe is very flexible so they can be made virtually any way imaginable. They're perfect for a hot day when you want your kids to keep cool & get enough fluids!

boy putting raspberries on his fingertips

Maple Berry "Ice Cream" Bars


About 2 cups milk (we use coconut)

Berries of any kind (pictured here are frozen blueberries, raspberries + banana)

A few splashes of maple syrup for sweetness

Take a portion of the berries, banana + maple syrup and combine the milk using a food processor or blender (we use our trusty Magic Bullet).  You don't want it to be too thick, so usually about 1/3 - 1/2 cup is fine. The amount of milk you use will depend on how big your popsicle moulds are.  We picked ours up at Canadian Tire.  They are smaller in size so they fit into the freezer well, and they don't melt all over before they get eaten!

I had Sam add some whole berries into the popsicle moulds for some texture.  Add your blended milk, put in the handles and allow to set in the freezer for about 4-6 hours. Enjoy!

how to make homemade popsicles with coconut milk, berries and a magic bullet

Do you make a version of these, yourself? Or are you looking forward to starting your own summer food traditions?  Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #woodstocksummerfun

Happy Summer!