Homemade Cherry Popsicles #SundaySupper

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

It occurred to me just a few days ago that I don’t ever really remember visiting an ice cream truck in my youth.

There were end of the year parties at school where one always appeared, though I can’t say for sure that I got a treat.  A couple of times a truck drove through our neighborhood, but I think I either just wanted to stay inside or missed the truck by the time my baby sitter or Mom and I grabbed some cash and made it out the door.

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

I have a feeling I’m not really missing out on a whole lot despite how good the treats look whenever ice cream truck desserts are the topic on TV or the internet.  A lot of things like that sound much better than they actually are.

And so instead of being all mopey about how I have never experienced an ice cream truck, I made my own ice cream truck worthy treat.  In fact, these Homemade Cherry Popsicles are way better than any store bought or truck bought treat out there.

I’m not going to say they are easy to make, as they do involve pitting nine cups of cherries.  A feat I completed in about twenty minutes.  I’m a machine when it comes to pitting cherries by hand, no pitter required.

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

Nor are these typical popsicles.  They are so full of cherries and I didn’t puree them for a long time that they have texture.  They are hearty instead of the flavored water that is most popsicles.  These are satisfying and rather healthy, perfect for lounging by the pool or an after dinner treat.

Vegan and gluten free, the cherry flavor is the star here as it should be.  I was so surprised and impressed that the lemon juice really balanced the flavor and added some needed tartness.  Don’t skimp on that fresh lemon juice.

As I continue enjoying summer life, I’m definitely going to be making more of these popsicles and you have to check them out too!

Homemade Cherry Popsicles - vegan and gluten free

Homemade Cherry Popsicles #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Varies depending on mold size

Ingredients

4 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted

5 cups sour cherries, stemmed and pitted

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup milk (I used almond coconut blend, use what you love)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, combine sweet and sour cherries and sugar. Cover with a lid and cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cherries are soft and have released their juice.

Remove the lid and continue cooking for an additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the juice has reduced.

Pour mixture into a large bowl, cover with plastic, and refrigerate until chilled, at least two hours and up to overnight.

Once mixture is chilled, place it in a blender with the milk and lemon juice and puree until smooth. Depending on the size and power of your blender you may need to do this in multiple batches.

Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds. I used Dixie cups and plastic spoons, but actual popsicle molds will work great. Freeze overnight so they are firm. Popsicles may be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Tasting Table

Additional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/homemade-cherry-popsicles-sundaysupper/

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Comments

  1. Why do I never think to use Cherries when making popsicles!!?? PS. My kids are spoiled by the ice cream man but I’d rather them try these!

  2. These sound amazing! SO much better than any Popsicle you could ever buy!

  3. I love cherry EVERYTHING! This is a hit!

  4. Woozier! 9 cups in 20 minutes? Think you should enter some kind of contest! Seriously, your treats look delightful – and healthy! P.s. You probably saved yourself a whole lot of cavities by not partaking of the ice cream truck products =)

  5. Oh – I need this recipe. We have a Granddaughter that is so allergic to dairy she swells up when she looks at butter! These will be perfect for all the kids with the coconut milk!!! Thanks so much!

  6. I tried the recipe yesterday. OMG, they were delicious and my entire family loved them.

  7. Cherries are the perfect pick for popsicles! These sound yummy. And I agree, definitely don’t leave out the lemon. It’s adds so much brightness and balance to the fruit. Thanks for this recipe.

  8. Loved the Good Humor truck when I was a kid (the original white ones), but that was back in the day when ice cream really was an occasional treat. And you’d buy it by the pint in the store. Maybe a quart if the tiny freezer in your refrigerator was totally empty. 🙂 Anyway, love these popsicles! Such a nice flavor — thanks.

  9. What an incredible way to savor those summer cherries!

  10. Debbie Eccard says:

    I bet these are just wonderful… I am a cherry lover too but not as skilled as you in pitting them…LOL!

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