Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles (Vegan or Paleo!)
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles – These fresh, bright popsicles are made from healthy ingredients and taste AMAZING. They’re a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day! (Paleo or Vegan)
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Summer snacks at our house include LOTS of popsicles, so I thought it was fitting to make a batch for the first day of snack camp. These Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles are a summer dream come true.
Not only are they easy (just 3 main ingredients!), they’re made from healthy ingredients (no added sugar or dye), and they taste AMAZING–bright, happy strawberry lemonade flavor frozen into a tasty popsicle you’ll be making on repeat all summer long.
(And don’t worry, you can still make these without a popsicle mold!) Here’s what you need to get started…
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES:
- FRESH OR FROZEN STRAWBERRIES. I love that the base of this strawberry lemonade popsicle recipe is fruit! You’ll use plenty of fresh or frozen strawberries to get started—whichever is easier for you to find!
- FRESH LEMON JUICE. Then, for bright lemon flavor, we’ll add fresh lemon juice (I really recommend it over bottled or jarred lemon juice, which often tastes bitter to me.)
- HONEY OR AGAVE. For a little sweetness, you’ll add just a little honey or agave to the strawberry lemonade popsicles. It’ll keep these from being too sour and really bring out the strawberry & lemon flavors. Let your tastebuds be your guide—if your strawberries are super sweet, you may not need it! If they’re a little underripe or tart, you might need a little more.
- A POPSICLE MOLD (OR CUPS!). Lastly, you’ll just need a popsicle mold or some paper cups + popsicle sticks (or straws!!) to shape the popsicles. This is my favorite popsicle mold by far. (Don’t have a popsicle mold? No worries! See the FAQ below!)
YUMMY TWISTS TO TRY IN THESE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES:
- WANT EVEN MORE LEMON FLAVOR? Feel free to add a little lemon zest! Start small–you can always add more! (1 tsp. is nice!)
- TRY USING LIME INSTEAD OF LEMON! Turning these into Strawberry Limeade popsicles is a yummy, easy way to mix things up. Orange juice also works!
- ADD ORANGE JUICE INSTEAD OF WATER & LEMON JUICE. For a strawberry sunrise effect, try 1 cup strawberry orange instead of the lemon juice + water!
- ADD YOGURT INSTEAD OF WATER. Or, you can make these strawberry yogurt popsicles by using yogurt instead of water + lemon juice. They’ll be thicker and creamier, with a strawberry frozen yogurt flavor.
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES:
OUR FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLD. We’ve owned quite a few popsicle molds over the years, but our all-time favorite is this one. I love that it has 10 slots and a lid that covers the popsicles while holding the sticks in place as they freeze. (That way, the sticks don’t slip and slide around and freeze at odd angles.)
These little zipsicle bags are another great option. They make homemade Otter Pops and don’t require sticks. (The only downside is they aren’t really reusable.)
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES WITHOUT A POPSICLE MOLD. If you don’t have a popsicle mold or aren’t ready to get one, you can still make my strawberry lemonade popsicles! You’ll just need paper cups + popsicle sticks or straws. Pour the mixture into the cups, leaving about 1” at the top for expansion. Cover with foil, then poke popsicle sticks or straws through the foil in the center to freeze. (The foil will hold the sticks in place). Freeze till solid, then peel the cup away and toss the cup & foil.
A FUNNEL CAN MAKE POURING EASIER. Filling the popsicle mold can be tricky for little hands, so a great way to help them be helpful (and minimize mess!) is using a funnel. Then, your child can use a spoon to add the popsicle mixture to the molds without spilling. Win-win!
NO HONEY FOR KIDS UNDER 1. If you’re serving these popsicles to children under 1 year old, be sure that you use agave or another sweetener to sweeten the popsicles. Honey isn’t safe for children under 1.
LET THEM FREEZE LONG ENOUGH! Don’t try to rush the freezing process or your popsicles won’t be quite set when you try to pull them out & might break. Every freezer is different, but it usually takes 3-4 hours for popsicles to freeze solid in my freezer. If you’re using paper cups, it may take 4-5 since they often end up thicker than when you use a popsicle mold.
A TRICK FOR GETTING POPSICLES OUT OF THE POPSICLE MOLD. To more easily remove popsicles from the popsicle mold, run the outside of the mold under cold water for a few seconds to help loosen them. Then, firmly grip the stick on top and gently wiggle side to side to loosen the popsicles. If they’re not budging, run the outside of the mold under cold water a little longer and try again.
CRAVING MORE? YOU MIGHT ALSO LOVE:
- Healthy Homemade Fudgecicles
- Dole Whip Popsicles
- Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles
- Healthy Raspberry Sorbet Popsicles
- Lava Flow Popsicles
HELPFUL FOR MAKING STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES:
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles (Vegan or Paleo!)
- Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups of popsicle mixture (About 10 popsicles) 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles – These fresh, bright popsicles are made from healthy ingredients and taste AMAZING. They’re a perfect healthy snack to cool off with on a hot summer day! (Paleo or Vegan)
- 3 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (thawed, if frozen)
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
- 2–3 Tbsp. honey or agave (adjust, to taste)
- 3/4 cup water, to blend
- Place strawberries, lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. honey, and water in a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Taste and add additional lemon juice or honey, as desired.
- Pour into popsicle molds* (a funnel can make this easier!)
- Cover with lid (if you have one), and insert popsicle sticks.
- Freeze 3-4 hours, or until completely solid & enjoy!
*IF YOU DON’T HAVE A POPSICLE MOLD: You’ll just need paper cups + popsicle sticks or straws. Pour the mixture into the cups, leaving about 1” at the top for expansion. Cover cups with foil, then poke popsicle sticks or straws through the foil in the center to freeze. (The foil will hold the sticks in place). Freeze till solid, then peel the cup away and toss the cup & foil. (I usually put cups on a tray or cutting board in the freezer to hold them upright)
TIP FOR GETTING POPSICLES OUT OF THE MOLD. Gently run a little cold water on the outside of the mold, then gently wiggle the stick side to side to loosen it from the mold. If it’s not budging, run the mold under water for a few more seconds and try again.
STORING LEFTOVER POPSICLES. I usually transfer frozen popsicles to a freezer bag and store in the refrigerator 1-2 weeks. (They almost never last that long!)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes + 3-4 hours freezer time
- Category: Snack
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: American
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