Lava Flow Popsicles – A creamy pineapple layer swirled with a fresh strawberry puree. You’re going to LOVE these! (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, they make even better popsicles. I love the creaminess of the pineapple coconut layer swirled with the bright, fresh strawberry layer. My mouth is watering just typing that out!
These lava flow popsicles have been a MEGA summer favorites for the last several summers, and we loved making our first batch of the season over the weekend. They’re as pretty and delicious as we remembered!
We’ve been making homemade popsicles for about six 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 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 (only 1 Tbsp of honey or agave for 10 popsicles–and that’s if you choose to add it!).
They’re GORGEOUS (especially these ones!), but they’re also as delicious as can be. We crave them all summer long! Easy-peasy. All my best tips are below!
NOTES FOR 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 are perfectly sweet for my taste, but depending on your fruit and your own preferences, you may want to add a little drizzle of honey or agave. Let your tastebuds be your guide!
Fresh vs. 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.
How to I store them? 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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For the Pineapple Layer:
- 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple
- 1 cup diced mango
- 1/2–3/4 cup coconut milk (I prefer full-fat canned)
For the Strawberry Swirl:
- 2 1/2 cups strawberries
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 Tbsp honey or agave (optional–only as needed)
MAKE THE PINEAPPLE LAYER: Place ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth. Add additional coconut milk as needed.
Transfer pineapple coconut mixture to a liquid measuring cup or a small pitcher while you make the strawberry layer.
MAKE THE STRAWBERRY SWIRL: Place ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth.
TO ASSEMBLE: Alternate scoops of pineapple and strawberry smoothies into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until completely solid. (Mine typically take at least 3 hours)
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.
HOW TO STORE THEM: 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!