These healthy homemade tropical popsicles (also called ice pops, ice lollies or ice popsicles) are made in just 5 minutes with frozen and fresh fruit. They’re a quick and easy, light and refreshing summer snack that both kids and adults will love. Free from added sugar, allergy friendly and suitable for numerous dietary needs – free from gluten, dairy, soy, lactose, grains, nuts, seeds & oil & vegan, autoimmune protocol (AIP), paleo & whole30 friendly.
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- Benefits of these tropical fruit popsicles
- Equipment needed
- Step by step instructions
- Variations & ingredient substitutions
- Frequently asked questions
- Diet requirements
- Other summer recipes
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Benefits Of These Tropical Fruit Popsicles
- Healthy. They’re made using 100% natural ingredients and real whole fruit rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re free from added refined sugar and artificial additives, preservatives, sweeteners, flavourings and colourings that store bought contain.
- Quick and easy. They require just 5 minutes to prepare before putting them in the freezer to set.
- Gluten and dairy free. They’re made without milk, yoghurt and cream making them allergy friendly and free from all top 8 allergens, including gluten, dairy, nuts, seeds, soy and grains.
- Light and refreshing. Ice pops are a great way to keep cool in the summer. Like this immune boosting chaga berry smoothie bowl, they’re a light and refreshing snack that the whole family will love and are a great way to disguise fruit to get kids consuming more!
5 simple natural ingredients are all that’s needed:-
- Frozen mango,
- Frozen pineapple,
- Freshly squeezed orange juice,
- Filtered water.
- Stainless steel popsicle molds (UK Link/US Link). Lots of popsicle molds are made from plastic, which leach chemicals into the popsicles. Plastic can weaken our immune system and cause a range of health problems, such as hormone, respiratory, nervous system, reproductive and developmental problems (1, 2, 3). Instead, I use Ecozoi’s food grade stainless steels molds with bamboo sticks (UK Link/US Link), which are plastic free and leaching free.
Step By Step Instructions
Homemade sugar free ice pops are made in just 5 minutes, following 3 easy steps:-
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high for 2 minutes, or until a smooth liquid is formed,
- Pour the liquid into popsicle molds,
- Place them in the freezer for at least 12 hours, or overnight, until completely set.
Variations & Ingredient Substitutions
- Frozen pineapple can be replaced with extra frozen mango.
- Frozen mango can be substituted for extra frozen pineapple.
- Replace a portion of the pineapple and mango with fresh or frozen papaya.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice can be replaced with filtered water, although this will dilute the flavour slightly as the orange adds a delicious citrus flavour. Alternatively, for a punchier citrus flavour, use lemon or lime juice instead.
Homemade popsicles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to remove popsicles from mold
When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and run the bottom of the mold under warm water for a few seconds. This should allow you to remove the popsicle easily from the mold by puling on the stick. Ensure you don’t run it under warm water for too long to avoid melting the popsicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, these popsicles are made using just fruit and filtered water making them vegan friendly.
Yes, you can use fresh pineapple and mango if you don’t have frozen. However, using fresh fruit will mean the popsicles take longer to set in the freezer.
The popsicles should be placed in the freezer for at least 12 hours, or overnight, until they’re completely set and solid.
When kept in the freezer, homemade popsicles will last for up to 3 months. The popsicles developing freezer burn, where ice crystals form on them, or a sticky gummy coating indicate they have lost their freshness and should be removed from the freezer and discarded.
These popsicles are:-
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
- Wheat free
- Soy free
- Lactose free
- Egg free
- Nut free
- Seed free
- Grain free
- Oil free
- Refined sugar free
- Autoimmune protocol (AIP)
- Whole30 friendly.
Other Summer Recipes
- For a light refreshing summer breakfast, check out my Immune Boosting Chaga Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe.
- For a quick and easy light meal, check out my Sprouted Buckwheat Salad With Basil Pesto and Jackfruit Tuna Salad.
- For a light summer dessert, check out my Healthy Turmeric/Golden Milk Panna Cotta With Agar Agar or Carrot Cake Flaxseed Pudding.
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Tropical Popsicles (Sugar Free, Gluten Free)
- 4.5 ounces frozen mango
- 4.5 ounces frozen pineapple
- 3 ounces banana approx. 1 medium banana
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice juice from approx. 2 medium oranges
- 3 tablespoons filtered water
- Place all the ingredients in a blender,
- Blend on high for 2 minutes or until a smooth liquid is formed,
- Pour the liquid into popsicle molds, leaving a 1cm gap at the top of each one,
- Freeze overnight, or for at least 12 hours until completely set,
- To remove from the molds, run the bottoms under warm water for a few seconds.