My homemade peaches and cream popsicles are the BEST way to cool down during a hot summer day! They are such a treat – you can enjoy these for a light summer snack or a healthy dessert. If you can’t find fresh ripe yellow peaches, these popsicles are made with canned peaches (in 100% fruit juice) for a tasty popsicle that you can enjoy anytime!
Join me in celebrating Juneteenth with more than 30 other Black culinary creators. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day, signifying the final emancipation of those enslaved in the US announced in 1865. This year, we are celebrating “Freedom Day” by offering a delightful selection of mains, sides, desserts, and refreshing drinks that are perfect for backyard barbecues and summer gatherings with friends and family. Join us in honoring the legacy of progress and freedom by cooking and sharing these recipes. Additionally, you can easily follow each participant by using the hashtag #JuneteenthCookout2023 on Instagram.
You can find a list of all recipes from the 2023 Juneteenth Virtual Potluck on the Eat the Culture website.
Celebrating Juneteenth 2023
One of the best parts about Juneteenth is the opportunity to expand your knowledge on the various populations of the African diaspora. For example, Gullah, Cajun, and Creole cuisines highlight the bounty of coastal food central to Juneteenth since its inception in the Gulf Coast city of Galveston, TX, in 1865. Southern Crab Beignets with Remoulade Sauce, Cajun Seafood Boil, and my cooling Homemade Peaches and Cream Popsicles are among the recipes inspired by the unique culinary traditions rooted in the coastal regions of the Gulf States.
Check out some more fantastic recipes that are rooted in Coastal cuisine from this year’s cookout:
- Gimme From Scratch – Southern Crab Beignets with Remoulade Sauce
- Meiko And The Dish – Cajun Chicken Wing & Turkey Neck Boil (Seafoodless)
- Gimme From Scratch – Cajun Seafood Boil
- Kenneth Temple – Old Fashion Salmon Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce
- Lenox Bakery – Banana Pudding Pound Cake
- Sims Home Kitchen – Non-Alcoholic Tropical Pineapple Drink
Homemade Peach Popsicles
Last year, my Memorial Day recipe was this No-Churn Cookies & Cream Ice Cream. And may I say – that’s still on rotation in my household… But this year, I really wanted to lighten it up a bit and dive into making homemade popsicles and creamsicles! It’s something about a homemade fruit popsicle: it’s healthy, light, fresh, naturally sweet, and the perfect way to cool off, especially during the summer.
I thought these homemade peach creamsicles would be the perfect start to a little summer miniseries I’m going to create. I’m going to post four homemade popsicle recipes (both boozy and non-alcoholic) to keep everyone cool and refreshed for the season. I can’t wait for you guys to see the other flavors we’re coming up with!
- Canned Peaches – Grab the organic canned peaches in 100% fruit juice (not the ones in heavy syrup) for this recipe. Fresh peaches – if you can find them in season – will work beautifully as well. But using some great canned peaches means you can make these popsicles year-round!
- Greek Yogurt – For the “cream” part of our peaches and cream popsicles, we’re going to use non-fat Greek yogurt. I use the unsweetened kind so I can control the amount of sugar going into these treats. Oat milk would be a great substitute.
- Honey – I tested two different sweeteners for creamsicles: honey and agave syrup. Both will work, so just use what you have! We love a no-added-sugar recipe over on Coined Cuisine.
- Lemon Juice – I’ll let you in on a little trick. Lemon or lime juice, just a teaspoon, helps add some acidity plus reduces the “icy” texture you’d normally get with freezing fruit. It’s a small addition that truly works overtime in making a beautifully-textured popsicle.
How to Make Homemade Popsicles
Honestly, making these homemade peach popsicles are so easy. You just drop everything in a blender, pour the mixture into molds, and freeze!
- First things first, I’m using canned peaches for this recipe. I know – you’re like “you stay in the Peach State… why not get fresh peaches??” Well, two things: I love to eat ice cream and frozen treats year-round – so a lot of times I make this recipe when peaches aren’t in season. Plus, not everyone has access to fresh produce in general! Canned fruit (as long as you get the ones in 100% fruit juice, not in the heavy syrup) is just as great and much more shelf-stable.
- Now to get to the texture – these are so creamy and smooth! To make sure we don’t get that hard, icy texture that some fruit popsicles have, we use a combination of greek yogurt and a bit of lemon juice. The greek yogurt also serves as the “cream” in our peaches and cream.
- I got my molds from Amazon – see this link. It comes with a set of popsicle sticks/bags as well as a funnel to help with pouring. I really like this mold because it was easy to remove the creamsicles while they were done and cleaning was a breeze!
- Pour the mixture into the molds, then tap them on the counter to make sure you get rid of any big air bubbles. (I clearly forgot to do that for these pictures, but the taste is still amazing so whatever!). Freeze for at least 6 hours, but overnight works best I’ve found. And voila, you have a healthy sweet treat ready to go!
To easily remove popsicles from their mold, simply run some warm water over the bottom of the molds for about a minute. Using silicone molds, you can also slightly “peel” the mold away from the edges. Pull the popsicles out, and you’re good to go!
I’ve tested this recipe with fresh peaches and it works just as well as the canned peaches. For frozen peaches, you may have a bit more of an icy texture in the molds. You could also “thaw” the frozen peaches if you’re worried about how soft they will turn out.
I just store any leftover homemade popsicles in a large freezer bag. The popsicle mold I linked to also includes popsicle bags, so you can individually wrap them if you want!
Other Recipes from the Popsicle Miniseries
Homemade Peaches and Cream Popsicles
- 2 cans canned peaches in 100% juice
- ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup honey or agave
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Drain the peaches and reserve ⅓ cup of the fruit juice.
- Add all of the ingredients (including the fruit juice) into a blender and blend well.
- Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold, tap to get out any air bubbles, then cover and add your popsicle sticks.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours. I've found that overnight is best!
- To remove the popsicles from their molds, run warm water over the bottom of the popsicle mold. Remove the popsicles and serve immediately.
- Any excess popsicles can be wrapped in cellophane bags & added to a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
- Total Cost per serving: $0.88
- Total Cost (10 popsicles): $8.81
- Those Other Guys: $4 per popsicle