Have you ever had an Outshine fruit bar? They are one of my favorite summertime desserts, especially the strawberry ones. I really love them, but don't like paying $5.00 a box. I got the idea to make frozen fruit popsicles from Pinterest and came up with this copy-cat recipe purely by accident. The popsicle recipes I pinned used blueberries and raspberries, but I decided to go with strawberries because they're my favorite and I got a great deal - four pounds of strawberries for $7.00. These strawberries were perfectly ripe and already deliciously sweet so they didn't need a lot of extra sugar. Besides being low in sugar, these homemade strawberry popsicles, which are really more like fruit bars, are easy to make, don't have any artificial ingredients and are perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day! Here's what you'll need:
4 pounds fresh strawberries
1 cup water
Heat one cup water and and stir in 1/2 cup sugar to make a simple syrup. Allow the sugar water to cool. (You can leave out the sugar if you'd like, but you'll still need water.)
Wash and hull the strawberries. Place the strawberries and simple syrup in the blender. (I only used 3/4 cup of the simple syrup.) If you can't fit all four pounds of strawberries in your blender, blend it in two batches.
Pour the blended strawberries into popsicle molds.
Add the popsicle sticks and the lid.
Put them in the freezer for a few hours until frozen.
And then sit back and enjoy some delicious homemade popsicles that taste exactly like Dreyer's strawberry fruit bars!