Healthy real fruit strawberry popsicles are the ideal wholesome frozen treat. This easy recipe comes together in 5 minutes + 6 hours of freezing time. Enjoy these popsicles naturally or with added sugar, the choice is yours!
It's no secret I love a good popsicle. They are dairy free and quell ice cream cravings at the same time. Popsicles are also a great way to use up any extra fruit. That is why I made these lemonade popsicles and most natural fruit popsicles.
I digress, back to strawberry popsicles. I love that they are sweet, refreshing, and all-natural. I like to add sugar to this recipe, however, that is optional. This recipe is for a small batch of popsicles. If you want to double or triple the recipe, simply click on the 2x or 3x in the recipe card.
Table of contents
Strawberries - 2 cups - You can use fresh or frozen strawberries with this recipe. If using frozen strawberries, place the berries in a bowl and thaw at room temperature (roughly 1 hour.) Drain any liquid that has collected at the bottom of the bowl.
Sweetener - ¼ cup - I like to sweeten up my popsicles and add sugar. That is a personal preference and you can adjust the sweetener based on your preferences. Just about any sweetener will taste great. Suggestions include agave (vegan), maple syrup (vegan) sugar (some are vegan), and honey.
Water - ¼ cup - Use either tap or bottled water.
Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon - Always use fresh squeed lemon to balance out the flavor. I stand strong on this point. Bottled lemon juice is not the same.
Step by Step Instructions
Time needed: 25 minutes.
This recipe needs 6 hours to freeze.
- Prepare the Strawberries
Wash and hull the strawberries. If the strawberries are extra-large, cut them into a smaller size.
- Sweeten the Strawberries
In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with sugar (or another preferred sweetener) and let stand for 20 minutes. This step helps to draw out the sweetness of the strawberries and balance any bitterness.
Place the strawberries, water, and lemon in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Mold and Freeze
Pour the mixture into your mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
To unmold the popsicles, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.
Substitutions and Variations
Spices and Herbs - If you would like to add an additional complexity to the flavor profile here are some recommendations.
- Anise - Adds a sweet licorice flavor. This flavor is strong and I recommend limiting the addition to .5 teaspoon of dried anise.
- Basil - Add 4 - 5 fresh basil leaves.
- Mint - Add 4 - 5 fresh mint leaves.
Non-Dairy Yogurt/Yogurt - For a creamy popsicle replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy yogurt or regular yogurt.
Non-Dairy Milk/Milk - For a mildly creamy popsicle, replace the water with 1 cup of non-dairy milk or regular milk.
Fruit - For an additional layer of flavor, substitute another fruit at a 1:1 ratio. Fruits that also taste great with strawberries include kiwi, banana, peaches, and even papayas.
Freeze Dried Strawberries - Add ¼ cup of freeze-dried strawberries during the blending stage to increase flavor and color.
Boozy - Similar to a jello shot recipe, simply replace the water with vodka.
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.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Unmolding Popsicles - Frozen popsicles have a tendency to become stuck within the mold. If this happens, run the mold under warm to hot water for 30 seconds. 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 - for the best results use a blender or a 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. They are made with fresh fruit and have limited natural sweeteners added to them, which makes them very healthy.
- 2 cups strawberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon
- Wash and hull the strawberries. If the strawberries are extra-large, cut them into a smaller size.2 cups strawberries
- In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with sugar (or another preferred sweetener) and let stand for 20 minutes.¼ cup sugar
- Place the sweetened strawberries, water, and lemon in a blender and blend until smooth.1 tablespoon lemon, ¼ cup cold water
- Pour the mixture into a mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
- To unmold the popsicles, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.