Healthy natural fruit popsicles are the perfect wholesome frozen treat. Fruit popsicles are made in 5 minutes + 6 hours of freezing time. Enjoy popsicles natural, creamy, or with added sugar. This post includes all types of variations.
Homemade popsicles are the perfect go-to treat. They are sweet, refreshing, and all-natural. I like to add sugar to my recipes; however, additional sugar is unnecessary. I just like things on the sweet side.
Here is a general recipe that can be used universally with all kinds of fruit. I like this recipe because I can mix and match the fruit. It is also an excellent way to use up fruit before it goes bad.
If you are looking for specific flavor or flavor modifications I have those as well. Some of my favorites are lemonade, strawberry, and lime. Note that lemonade and lime follow a different recipe then the fruit recipes below.
Easy Recipe Ratio Chart
I use the recipe chart below when making fruit popsicles. The chart helps me make the number of popsicles according to how much extra fruit I have. The recipe using 1 cup of fruit makes between 9 - 12 ounces of liquid. The average popsicle mold is 3 ounces in size, thus making 3 - 4 popsicles
|15 ounces||1 cup||½ lemon juiced||Two tablespoons||¼ cup||pinch|
|30 ounces||2 cups||One lemon juiced||¼ cup||½ cup||pinch|
|45 ounces||3 cups||1 ½ lemon's juiced||⅓ cup + |
Watch How to Make Strawberry Popsicles
Substitutions and Variations
Cream Popsicles -To make a cream popsicle replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy yogurt or regular yogurt.
Creamy Popsicles - To make a creamy popsicle replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy milk or regular milk.
Fruit - Substitute another fruit at a 1:1 ratio for an additional layer of flavor. Fruits that taste great with strawberries include kiwi, bananas, peaches, and even papayas.
Freeze Dried Fruit- Add ¼ cup of freeze-dried fruit to increase flavor and color during the blending stage. You can use the same fruit as your popsicle or a different freeze-dried fruit to add flavor complexity.
Boozy - Like a jello shot recipe, replace the ¼ cup of water with ¼ cup of vodka.
When it comes to making popsicles, you have many choices in molds. Here are a few options:
- Amazon - Has a large rage of molds in shapes and sizes available.
- Zero Waste - Popsicle molds are very popular at zero waste stores. I love these molds from a zero waste store in my neighborhood.
- Dixie Cup - I think to think of this as the old school method my mom used. All you need to so is pour the fruit mixture into the dixie cup, cover with tinfoil, and insert with a craft stick. Doesn't that bring a smile to your face thinking about how old school that is?
Expert Tips and Tricks
Unmolding - Frozen popsicles tend to become stuck within the mold. Run the mold under warm to hot water for 30 seconds if this happens. After that, gently pull the popsicle from the mold. If the popsicle does not release, repeat in 15-second increments until it frees. Use caution not to get water in the mold.
Blending - I recommend using a blender or high-performance blender. You can use a food processor; however, note, the result will be mealy instead of smooth.
Popsicles generally will freeze in four hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them now or store them to enjoy them later.
Yes, they are very healthy. Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and have natural sweeteners, making them very healthy.
Line an airtight storage container with wax or parchment paper. Lay the popsicles on top of the paper. Continue to add paper before each layer. Popsicles can be stored for up to one month.
Natural Fruit Popsicles
- 1 cup fruit, frozen or fresh (237g)
- ½ lemon, fresh squeezed (54g)
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup (42g)
- 1 pinch salt
- Blend: Place all ingedients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Mold: Pour all ingredients into mold. Insert craft sick and freeze for at least six hours.
- Unmold: Unmold and enjoy. You might need to run the mold under warm water for the popsicle to release.