Lava Flow Popsicles – Paleo & Vegan!
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.
Then, you’ll just need a good popsicle mold + some popsicle sticks. We’ve made over 100 batches of popsicles in this popsicle mold over the years and LOVE it.
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!
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Lava Flow Popsicles
- Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups (about 10 popsicles) 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
A creamy pineapple layer swirled with a fresh strawberry puree. You’re going to LOVE these fresh fruit popsicles! (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)
For the Pineapple Layer:
- 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2–3/4 cup coconut milk (I prefer full-fat canned)
For the Strawberry Swirl:
- 2 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon honey or agave (optional–only as needed)
First, Make The Pineapple Layer:
- Add pineapple, mango, and coconut milk to a blender.
- Puree until completely smooth, adding additional coconut milk as needed.
- Pour the pineapple mixture into a liquid measuring cup or small pitcher and set aside while you make the strawberry layer.
Next, Make The Strawberry Layer:
- Add strawberries, orange juice, and honey or agave to a blender.
- Puree until completely smooth.
Assemble The Lava Flow Popsicles:
- Alternate scoops of the pineapple mixture and the strawberry mixture into popsicle molds. (Using a spoon can help with the layering.)
- Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until completely solid, about 3-4 hours
- To remove popsicles from the popsicle mold, run the sides of each well of the popsicle mold under cool water for a few seconds, then gently wiggle the popsicle stick side to side to loosen the pop. (If it’s not budging, run it under water for a few more seconds)
- Store leftover lava flow popsicles in a freezer-safe bag up to 2 weeks.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A POPSICLE MOLD: You can use paper cups. If you use paper cups, freeze the popsicles about 30 minutes, then insert the popsicle sticks. (The sticks will shift less this way.)
FRESH OR FROZEN. You can make these 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.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Freeze Time: 3 hours
- Category: Snack
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Amercan
Keywords: lava flow popsicles, lava flow ice pops, lava flow smoothie pops, virgin lava flow popsicles
I’m happy to have finally found someone who shares my obsession with homemade popsicles! Love this recipe! We also love your coconut lime popsicles!
Ah! I love hearing this! Aren’t homemade popsicles THE best!? I LOVE THEM!!! So glad you do too 🙂
Hi! Does these have a coconut flavor? Not a big fan of things that taste like coconut?
Gabby – They don’t to me. 🙂 The strawberry and pineapple is really what comes through to my tastebuds (and my husband’s, who’s not big on coconut). The strawberry layer is bright and fresh (lots of berry flavor) and the pineapple layer just tastes creamy and luscious (kind of like a Dole Whip pineapple soft serve). We love it! If you tolerate dairy, you could sub in some whole milk or cream for the coconut milk if you’re nervous. 🙂
Can we use something in place of coconut milk?
The flavor will be different, but you can use whatever milk your family drinks and enjoys. 🙂
I have no idea how you got those strawberries to blend with only a 1/4 cup of orange juice????
If I use frozen strawberries, I usually let them soften a bit. Thawed frozen strawberries or fresh strawberries usually blend right up for me! 🙂
These look are delicious and soooo healthy and easy to make. I’m gonna try to make it this weekend for sure. Thanks a lot for the recipe.
All these popsicles look amazing. My question is can I substitute some other sweetener for the honey or agave?
April – What did you have in mind? I’m sure you could do sugar if you prefer!
I wanted to know if I could use splenda. I have a diabetic friend that these would be amazing as a snack for her and my kids.
April – I haven’t used Splenda before, but I think it would work! You’d likely want to start small, as Splenda runs sweeter than natural sweeteners. Just sweeten to taste 🙂