It’s hard to believe that it is already the end of August and summer is almost over. We’ve been making these fruit bars all summer, and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! It’s been a hot summer. We’re lucky enough to have air conditioning in our home, but we spent much of our summer soaking up the sun in the backyard. Even in the shade, the heat and humidity can be overwhelming. Oh the joys of Minnesota summers!
These fruit bars are so refreshing! Nothing beats an ice-cold popsicle on a warm summer’s day. Fruit bars are the perfect healthy summer treat- refreshing and cool, and sweet and satisfying. We always keep a batch of fruit bars in the freezer for warm summer evenings.
Making these fruit bars couldn’t be any easier- the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze! Just slice fruit, add coconut water, and freeze. You can use a variety of fruit, or just a few favorites- the possibilities are endless. I used kiwis, peaches and strawberries. Other berries (blueberries, raspberries or blackberries), pineapple and mango are also great. Avoid bananas (although they make great ice cream!), citrus, apples, or pears. I found coconut water at Aldi. This particular brand had coconut pulp, which we enjoyed. Any coconut water will work- pulp or no pulp. I purchased these koji Ice Popsicle Molds, (affiliate link) and we love them! They are just the right size and the finished fruit bars slide out easily every time. The molds are also easy to clean, which is important when you make fruit bars as often as we do.
I used about 1/4 cup of fruit in each mold (1 1/2 cups of fruit total) for my fruit bars. The exact quantity of fruit and coconut required will vary by the capacity of your molds. Most molds have a marked “fill line”. Do not overfill molds (unless you want a sticky mess in your freezer!). Make sure you have space to store the molds upright in your freezer before you begin. My molds fit perfectly in the freezer door, which prevents them from getting knocked over (again, you don’t want a sticky mess!).
- Sliced fruit or berries (about 1 1/2 cups)
- Coconut water
- Slice fruit and berries in thin slices.
- Fill molds, evenly distributing fruit between all molds
- Pour coconut water in molds, filling to the marked line.
- Insert popsicle sticks and attach the top of the mold per manufacturer directions.
- Freeze overnight.
- To serve, run each fruit bar under hot water for 30 seconds to loosen mold.
- Remove fruit bar, and enjoy!