Lava Flow Popsicles – A creamy pineapple layer swirled with a fresh strawberry puree. You’re going to LOVE this easy fruit popsicle recipe! (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)
Post updated May 2018. Originally posted May 2015.
Have you tried a lava flow? Basically it’s a really awesome pineapple-coconut drink with a strawberry swirl layer. It’s ahhhhmazing. Fresh, creamy, light, and perfectly sweet all at once.
It’s an awesome drink, sure, but in my opinion, I love it even better as Lava Flow Popsicles. I love the creaminess of the pineapple coconut layer swirled with the bright, fresh strawberry layer. It’s like a non-alcoholic piña colada + a strawberry daiquiri. My mouth is watering just typing that out!
We’ve been making homemade popsicles for TEN years now, and it’s one of my favorite warm-weather traditions. I love that we can make them from fruit and there are no dyes, refined sugar, or any “extra” ingredients. They’re a snack I can feel great about enjoying any time of day. (And we’ve literally tried them at any meal of the day–including breakfast!)
This lava flow popsicles recipe is one of those recipes that looks tricky but really isn’t. They’re as easy as can be! It’s really just as easy as blending up two batches of smoothie and alternating them in your popsicle mold. It’s an easy one for kids to help with, and I love that they’re naturally sweetened.
Ingredients For Lava Flow Popsicles:
- Pineapple. Fresh or frozen pineapple is the base of the creamy pineapple layer. Use whichever you have on hand!
- Mango. Next up is some fresh or frozen mango. I love the sweetness it adds!
- Full-Fat Coconut Milk. Creamy coconut milk gives this layer its signature creamy texture. I recommend canned coconut milk rather than the refrigerated stuff. (Full-fat really is best here!)
- Strawberries. For the strawberry layer, you’ll use plenty of fresh or frozen strawberries. The color and flavor are tough to beat!
- Orange Juice. A splash of orange juice adds brightness and sweetness. So good!
- Honey or Agave. Then, a little bit of honey or agave finishes this layer out. If your berries are super sweet, you can absolutely skip this step, but I think it really pulls this layer together.
FAQ+ TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST LAVA FLOW POPSICLES:
MY FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLD. I own several, but my favorite popsicle mold is this one. I love the lid (it has slots for the popsicle sticks and holds them in place while your popsicles freeze). It’s been going strong for several years and is the one I recommend most. (You can see my other favorite popsicle molds here)
HOW TO GET THE PERFECT SWIRL: don’t think about it too much! I’ve tried a lot of things but, simply going slow and adding a spoonful or small drizzle at a time gives you great layers. It’s okay if they’re not all perfectly equal or look identical. That’s part of the magic!
SWEETNESS. I’ve found these strawberry pineapple popsicles are perfectly sweet for my taste, but depending on your fruit and your own preferences, you may want to add a little extra drizzle of honey, agave, or your favorite sweetener. Let your tastebuds be your guide!
FRESH VS. FROZEN FRUIT. You can make lava flow popsicles with fresh or frozen fruit (or a combination). Your proportions will be the same. If you’re using frozen fruit, you’ll want to let it thaw slightly so it blends easier. Otherwise, you’ll need slightly more liquid to blend frozen fruit than fresh.
HOW DO I STORE LAVA FLOW POPSICLES? After they’re totally frozen solid, I typically remove them from the mold and put them into a zip-top freezer bag. It works like a charm! Popsicles will keep 2-3 weeks, though I doubt they’ll last that long without being eaten!