5 Healthy Ice Pop and Popsicle Recipes

These 5 healthy and delicious recipes for ice pops and popsicles are so simple and easy to make! They are all dairy-free, paleo and vegan-friendly, and kids love them.  ---- The Nourishing Gourmet
I have many sweet childhood memories of consuming cold popsicles under the glaring sun of Southern California. It was the perfect treat for a hot day. Like me, my kids love popsicles (whether the hot sun is out or not!). Today, I am sharing five delicious, and easy recipes for popsicles AND homemade ice pops (or pop up) style popsicles!

How does Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mango Green Monster, Strawberry Cream, Carrot Apple, and Pina Colada, sound? These five flavors are all unique and different from each other, and so beautiful too. I love the natural, vibrant colors of produce.

These 5 healthy and delicious recipes for ice pops and popsicles are so simple and easy to make! They are all dairy-free, paleo and vegan-friendly, and kids love them.  ---- The Nourishing Gourmet

Why I Love Silicone Ice Pop Molds

I was thrilled when I found these silicone ice pop molds!

  • Because of the tight lid, you can fill one up, and put it in the freezer without a stand to hold it upright. Score! So much easier to fit into the freezer.
  • Ice pops are pretty much made with water, sugar, and dye, so not my favorite snack to give to my children, by any means. This allows me to give them the same experience with healthy ingredients.
  • You can also pack them in lunches! I haven’t tried this yet, but a lot of parents send them to sports camp, or to school for a snack. What a great idea!

Popsicle and Ice Pop molds:

Note about Ingredients:

  • I used half coconut cream and half coconut kefir in all of my recipes for the liquid portion. You can use all coconut milk, coconut cream, thinned down coconut cream, or you can substitute a creamy milk, or milk alternative of your choice.
  • I used this coconut cream , and I also used this store bought version of coconut kefir. Coconut milk or cream combined with kombucha is also very flavorful and probiotic rich!
  • I used bananas almost entirely to sweeten the following recipes. How sweet your banana is, is a huge factor in how sweet the final product is. Always taste before freezing and adding another half of a banana, or sweetening with a little honey or maple syrup, if needed. If you don’t want to use a banana, you can take out, add more of the other fruit used, and then sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup.
  • Each recipe makes enough for 4-6 ice pops, or popsicles

These 5 healthy and delicious recipes for ice pops and popsicles are so simple and easy to make! They are all dairy-free, paleo and vegan-friendly, and kids love them.  ---- The Nourishing Gourmet

Strawberry Banana

1 cup of coconut cream (I mixed with coconut kefir, see note above)
1 cup of strawberries
1 small banana

Blend together until smooth, pour into molds of choice, and freeze.

Pina Colada

3/4 cup of pineapple chunks
1 small banana
1 cup of coconut cream (I mixed with coconut kefir, see note above)

Blend together until smooth, pour into molds of choice, and freeze.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

1 small banana
1 cup of coconut cream (I mixed with coconut kefir, see note above)
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
2 heaping teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons (or to taste) honey or pure maple syrup

Blend together until smooth, pour into molds of choice, and freeze.

Mango Green Monster

Use the banana, if needed, for extra sweetness. The mango is very sweet on it’s own, so you may get away without using the banana.

1 cup of diced mangos (I used frozen)
1 cup of coconut cream (I mixed with coconut kefir, see note above)
Handful of spinach leaves, or kale, or greens of choice
1 small banana, optional

Blend together until smooth, pour into molds of choice, and freeze.

Carrot Apple

There are two ways to make this flavor. I own a Blendtec and used the “whole juice” setting to blend a carrot and apple together. But you can also just use apple juice and carrot juice (store bought, or homemade).

1 small carrot, peeled, and trimmed
1 small apple, cored (I used a Granny Smith)

Using a Blendtec or Vitamix, blend the carrot and apple with 1 cup of liquid (I used water and coconut kefir), until very smooth.

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Comments

  1. says

    These look delicious. I love the idea of using coconut milk and coconut kefir. Personally, I use banana ice cream (basically I just toss some ripe bananas that I keep in the freezer and raw milk into a food processor), but I’m going to try with coconut milk next.

  2. says

    I make popcicles for my daughter using a berry mix (the frozen ones you buy at the grocery store), broccoli, rice milk and grape juice to sweeten a bit. I sometimes also add bananas. My toddler has been eating them since she started eating and she loves them. I also use this recipe for her morning smoothies.

  3. Lisa Mawson says

    I dont kick kick flavor or bananas? Can you taste them? What an also adding Chia seeds ans group flax? I do that to mybhomemade fruit Roll up.

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