Make Your Own Homemade Fruit Popsicles

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Healthy homemade fruit popsicles made with five ingredients or less! Four delicious recipes to choose from, strawberry, watermelon, lemon, and coconut. An easy and refreshing treat to help you cool down from the heat.

Healthy homemade fruit popsicles made with five ingredients or less! Four delicious recipes to choose from, strawberry, watermelon, lemon, and coconut.

There’s nothing like enjoying homemade fruit popsicles on a hot day. The problem with the store-bought kind is that they typically contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Not these! All my popsicle recipes are 100 calories or less and made with only natural sweeteners!

Warm weather means beautiful ripe fruit starts to appear at the local market. With so many choices I decided to make four recipe variations. I hope you have as much fun creating these frozen treats as I did. Almost anything can be frozen, so grab your favorite ingredients and let’s play around!

Making homemade fruit popsicles are a fun way for kids and adults to experiment in the kitchen. It’s also an easy way to add more nutrients to your day without using refined sugar.

Ingredients on a table to make homemade fruit popsicles

Molds

Popsicle making technology has impressively advanced since I was a kid. Companies like Zoku have come up with smart gadgets. Consumers have also gotten impressively creative with shapes, characters, and even light-sabers! I decided to ditch my old school plastic contraption for a slightly updated Norpro Ice Pop Maker that I found on Amazon.

Fruit

I like to puree naturally sweetened fruit with lemon or lime for some acidity to reduce the overly icy texture. Fruit juice such as orange, lemon, guava, grape or apple makes the most reliable pops that tend to melt slower. A combination of puree and juice mixed also works to infuse different flavors. To add texture and visual appeal, you can chop small or thinly sliced pieces of fruit like watermelon, strawberry, mango, pineapple or kiwi.

Norpro Ice Pop Maker filled with frozen homemade fruit popsicles

Creamy Popsicles

Adding yogurt for protein and probiotics for digestive health creates a natural creaminess that adds a smooth texture. Pureed bananas with the juice can also create a soft bite. Unsweetened coconut milk adds a creamy popsicle texture with a subtle sweet flavor. Mixing or blending juice, whole fruit and something creamy also make for a consistently creamy popsicle.

Freeze Time

Depending on the ingredients, at least 4 to 6 hours is needed to turn the parts from liquid to solid. Overnight freezing is the safest bet, and something to look forward to the next day!

Four different flavors

  • Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
  • Minty Watermelon Popsicles
  • Blackberry Lemon Popsicles
  • Orange Mango Coconut Popsicles

Brightly colored homemade fruit popsicles on table with fruit slices

Each popsicle hs a distinct flavor and texture. In fact, James told me “mommy these are yummy! I love popsicles.” That’s a Mom win! I love that I can make something my family can enjoy that is healthy, and they wouldn’t even know it. My son enjoys making new flavors with me, so it’s a great way to bond together and teach kids about eating more fruit each day.

With a little bit of creativity, you can take wholesome fruit, juice, yogurt, and milk and turn them into delicious homemade frozen popsicles. Since my popsicle mold has ten spots, I like to add different flavor combinations by adjusting the recipe size, so we have variety whenever cravings hit.

Male toddler licking a fruit popsicle with cupcake wrapper around the wooden stick to prevent dripping

We’ve come a long way from Otter Pops, and I always feel good about offering one of these healthy popsicles to my family. To prevent the inevitable melted popsicle drip from making a total mess, I cut a small slit in the bottom of a cupcake liner and placed the popsicle stick through the bottom to catch the juice. It’s saved us a few times from some unwanted messes!

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How do popsicles freeze?

A fundamental property of liquid solutions is that increasing their concentrations of dissolved solids will lower their freezing points. That means that adding ingredients like sugar, salt, minerals, fruit, proteins in a solution increases the time required to freeze the product and the need for lower temperatures to freeze thoroughly. When freezing a juice popsicle, the water will freeze first at 0°C. However, the fruit juice will never freeze completely, and it will remain icy and slushy unless the temperature is well below 0°C. This is desirable for popsicles so that they melt quicker in the mouth and are not as difficult to bite!

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Healthy Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Healthy homemade fruit popsicles made with five ingredients or less! Four delicious recipes to choose from, strawberry, watermelon, lemon, and coconut.
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4.29 from 92 votes
Prep Time7 hrs
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time7 hrs
Servings 10 popsicles
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

  • 3 cups strawberries, pureed to 1 ½ cup
  • 3 cups peaches, peeled and sliced, pureed to 1 ½ cup
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • cup vanilla greek yogurt

Minty Watermelon Popsicles

  • 3 cups watermelon slices, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Blackberry Lemon Popsicles

  • cup lemon juice, plus zest from lemons
  • 2 ½ cups vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 ½ cups blackberries
  • 2 ½ cup mixed berry Greek yogurt

Orange Mango Coconut Popsicles

  • 4 cups mango, divided
  • 2 cup coconut milk, whisked and divided
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions 

Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

  • In a blender, puree strawberries with four teaspoons honey then set aside. Clean blender, puree sliced peaches with two teaspoons of honey, set aside.
  • Layer the popsicles as follows; 2 teaspoons strawberry puree, 1 teaspoon yogurt, 2 teaspoons peach puree and repeat. Make a fruit puree your last layer.
  • Tap the mold on the counter to make sure all of the layers settle. Use a small spoon to drag vertically from the bottom to the top of the mold a few times to create a swirled pattern.
  • Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Minty Watermelon Popsicles

  • In a blender, puree 2 ½ cups diced watermelon pieces, mint leaves, coconut water, lime juice, and honey. Cut the remaining ½ cup watermelon slices into ¼-inch cubes.
  • Evenly divide the diced watermelon into the molds, tapping them down to the bottom.
  • Stir the popsicle mixture then evenly divide it among the popsicle molds.
  • Insert the popsicle sticks, if it does not stay in place use a piece of tape to hold them into place. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Blackberry Lemon Popsicles

  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together lemon juice, zest, and vanilla yogurt, set aside.
  • Puree blackberries and mixed berry yogurt, set aside.
  • Layer the popsicles as follows; 1 tablespoon lemon, 1 tablespoon blackberry, repeat. Swirl layers if desired.
  • Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

Orange Mango Coconut Popsicles

  • Puree 3 cups mango slices, 1 ½ cup coconut milk, orange juice, and honey.
  • Cut the remaining 1 cup mango slices into ¼-inch cubes. Evenly divide them among the popsicle molds.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of mango coconut mixture, gently tapping mold on the counter to make sure liquid fills in the diced mango spaces.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut milk, or until the mold is filled. Insert the popsicle sticks and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

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Notes

  • Removing Popsicles From Molds: Run the molds under warm water for ten to fifteen seconds. Slowly and carefully remove each popsicle. If the popsicles remain in the mold, run them under the warm water for a few more seconds, ensuring not to melt the pops.
  • Recipe Yield: Each recipe makes approximately 10 popsicles, depending on the size and shape of your molds. Adjust batch sizes accordingly.

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Nutrition Facts
Healthy Homemade Fruit Popsicles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Pat Galvez says

    Hi, Two tips that might help you…
    First tip: To keep unmolded popsicles from icing up in the treat bags, just do this:
    1. place the unmolded popsicle in the bag.
    2. dip the bag into a container of cold water = enough to cover the popsicle, but DO NOT get water into the bag.
    3. Tie the bag tightly and place in freezer.
    The reason for doing this is that the water displaces all air around the popsicle in the bag. This way, no air can cause ice crystals to form.

    Next, to mix fruits with cream or other liquids to avoid the liquid from separating, just use the old Jello and fruit trick:
    1. Partially freeze the liquids.
    2. When the liquids are partially set, mix the fruits in with them.
    3. Place partially frozen liquids and fruits in the popsicle molds.
    By partially freezing the liquids, they have a consistency more in harmony with the solid fruits and will not separate.

    Hope these tips help!

  2. Mary says

    I am looking at the mango, orange and coconut ingredients. What does it mean for the coconut milk to be whisked and divided?

  3. tina bottenberg says

    I am teaching a cooking class for a before school program. I will use this recipe and tweak it for what my kids have available. thank you.

  4. Rupesh Munot says

    Awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing.
    If I made with all different flavours at one time, how long lasting it is? Or have to eat in 2-3 days? Really appreciate if you share your thoughts on it.

  5. Julian Child says

    Thank you for the tips on these healthful frozen treats. I used to used vanilla yogurt for all sorts of dessert sauces and treats … until I read the contents and discovered they pack an obscene amount of processed sugar so, now, I use plain organic whole-milk yogurt, honey and vanilla bean paste. Right now I’m headed out to the kitchen to make Peach Basil Popsicles based on your proportions for the Minty Watermelon Popsicles. They’re the only ingredients I have, at the moment, and I made a Peach Basil Sangria once and the flavor combination was outstanding.
    Thank you, again.

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