6.23.2021

5 Healthy Popsicles for Summer

Healthy popsicles are yummy and so easy to make. Ditch the store-bought, sugar filled popsicles for something that will wow your tastebuds.

vegan popsicles

Summers were made for eating popsicles. Yet the push-pops from my childhood might not be the healthiest option, as tasty as they were. So I’ve created a few super simple healthy popsicle recipes with 100% real ingredients that are actually really good. Vegan popsicles are showin’ up for your summer plans.

Healthy popsicle recipes

If you’re looking for some kid-friendly, parent-approved popsicles then I’ve got 5 great recipes for you. These healthy popsicles taste just as good (if not better) than store bought, and they’ve got real ingredients as well as colors too.

homemade smoothie popsicle sleeves in fun colors

Vegan Popsicles to go

If you’ve got to cover snacks for the game this weekend, then these popsicles are right up your alley. Pick your flavors (or make them all!) and start blending. It’s as much about flavor as it is about the color pop with these recipes.

vegan popsicles with watermelon and strawberries

Refreshing watermelon pops

Watermelon may just be my fav fruit. It’s super hydrating and can dress up a salad or cool off a cookout. These vegan popsicles are literally 2 ingredients and ready for you in a moment’s notice.

Immune-boost vegan popsicles

The summer flu is no joke, yet the soups + hot teas just won’t cut it in warmer temps. So I turn to these elderberry popsicles for soothing + healing what ails me when the weather turns hot.

Green smoothie popsicles on marble board

Green smoothie pops

Turn any smoothie into a popsicle, whether it’s just the leftovers in your blender or a whole recipe dedicated to filling those popsicle molds. Plus, the piña colada flavor in these vegan popsicles make them great for adult pool parties too.

key lime pops

Healthy popsicles for glowing skin

The lime-y pops below are affectionately called ‘spa pops’ for how much they hydrate your skin. Healthy fat from the avocados as well as coconut milk work to hydrate the skin. The lime and spinach work their vitamin C magic, while the maple syrup adds just a touch of sweetness to the mix.

Adults and kids alike will love snacking on healthy popsicles like these (they are even toddler-approved!). Don’t be afraid to swap the lime out with lemon, or use light canned coconut milk over full-fat… though full-fat coconut milk provides the ultimate cream factor.

Homemade vs store bought popsicles

I grew up on freeze pops, so I know how good they are. Yet now that I read my food labels, I realize they really aren’t benefiting my body at all. These homemade, healthy popsicles use only real, pronounceable ingredients, all from plants. They are naturally and brightly colored using just food, no need for chemical food coloring here!

If you aren’t sure about adding spinach to your popsicles, then start small! Try 1/2 cup first, then increase the amount each time you make these, because they’ll disappear fast. Try using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix to ensure the smoothest, creamiest mixture possible. Then make sure not to skimp on the chill time! Allow a few hours for the popsicles to firm up in the freezer before enjoying.

healthy popsicle recipes
key lime pops

Healthy Popsicle Recipe

This healthy popsicle recipe is creamy and refreshing on a hot summer day. Slightly sweet with loads of tangy fresh lime juice and plenty of creaminess from the avocado and coconut milk, it’s hard to believe these are a part of our Fresh Start Spring Cleanse .... but they totally are!
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezer Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 popsicles
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado - weighs about 8 ounces
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 can coconut milk - 14-oz light or full-fat
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Puree the ingredients in a blender until very smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with wooden popsicle sticks.
  • Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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FAQs

Are popsicles good for my diet?

Yes! Well… they can be. The popsicle recipe above is incredibly refreshing and made the cut for my 21-day Cleanse. If you choose to buy popsicles, def read the labels. Actual healthy popsicles should be made with only real ingredients, no artificial dyes, colors, or ‘natural flavors.’

Are there healthy ice pops?

The best store-bought pops I’ve found are Chloe’s Pops. Yet if you wanna go the homemade route, then checkout these fun and simple recipes!

What are the healthiest popsicles?

Your body will thank you for choosing the popsicles above for a snack. They’ve got some great healthy fat, are low in sugar, and taste amazing… the perfect pop of lime!

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  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    It has been miserably hot in Florida this past month, so thank you for the new popsicle recipes! My daughter and I have been choosing a new recipe each time our molds are emptied from the last batch, and working our way through this list.

  2. Sylvie says:

    5 stars
    Used this recipe last weekend and no one new they had spinach in their popsicles!

  3. Kim says:

    5 stars
    My kids love these popsicles and have no idea they’re good for them. 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    5 stars
    We love this lime popsicle recipe! And with the full fat coconut milk it’s a surprisingly filling snack, perfect for the afternoon pick-me-up. Also… toddler approved, so that’s always a win

  5. Judith Walter says:

    5 stars
    Excellent taste. Taste like Keylime pie. I’m going to make them into a smoothie also

  6. Jan says:

    Hi. I clicked on the link for the blender, but I didn’t find anything. Can you help?

  7. Rebecca B says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe!!! My partner and I made these yesterday, they froze overnight…had one today after our lunch smoothie (strawberry banana healthy smoothie), this is SO good! It will hold me over until dinner…OMG! Best recipe ever. I’m going to make a different kind each week during Summer….easy healthy snacks without all the sugar from the store bought ones….I feel so FULL!!!

    Thanks again!

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  13. Stephanie Starbuck says:

    Me and my kiddos Love this recipe for popsicles or smoothies! What is the difference between using the CANNED coconut milk vs. the regular stuff in the box/refrigerated? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      5 stars
      Hey Stephanie,

      The canned full fat coconut milk is much richer and creamier than the regular coconut milk you could buy in the cold section or the box. It makes for a delicious added flavor to any smoothie or popsicle!!

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    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Dreams,

      So happy you enjoyed the recipe and article!

  15. Gye says:

    Where do I purchase the popsicle molds like those in the picture?

  16. SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

    Hi Jane,

    Sick of coconut? Say it isn’t so!! Hahaha, just kidding. Swap in another plant-based milk you love! Some great options are almond milk, hemp milk – and my creamy favorite – cashew milk!

  17. Sabra Fulsom says:

    Quick question. I’m 56 years old and have cystic acne. I’m not very fond of popsicles so could I reap the same “glowing skin” benefits by just drinking the smoothie without freezing it?

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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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