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
- Recipe card
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 mixed berry thick 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 Mixed Berry Thick 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.
48 thoughts on “Tropical Popsicles (Sugar Free, Gluten Free)”
I do love the sound of these. It’s a great way to boost a child’s fruit intake especially if they don’t each much fruit.
Thank you for your comment Melanie. It really is such a great way of getting kids to eat more fruit.
I can totally feel my taste buds tingling reading the post and seeing the images. A refreshing mango lolly would be absolutely perfect right now! I cannot even recall the last time I made ice lollies, just so much easier to buy and freeze. Though I do appreciate the health aspect and knowing what is actually going into the lollies. Plus, homemade always tastes better! 🙂
Thank you so much for your message Sim. It really is the perfect refreshing snack in this hot weather! I agree, nothing beats homemade 🙂
Now, this sounds like such a refreshing treat, I love that they are healthier as well. Definitely, a summer treat I need to try!
Thank you for your message Sarah. I hope you enjoy them if you try them!
Mmmm yum! I eat lots of orange ice lollies, pretty much have one every day, but I spend so much money on them. To just make them myself would be a lot more logical, and it’s great you can make them so they’re tummy-friendly and suitable for various allergies and intolerances. Deliiiiiicious!
Thank you so much for your message and support as always Caz, I really appreciate it. I didn’t realise how easy they are to make at home, I would never buy shop bought ones again now. Plus saving money is always a bonus! Like you, I’ve been having one everyday too in this hot weather. Thank you again for your kind words 🙂 Lucy xx
These look and sound amazing. My son would love these and would have no idea about the hidden fruit.
Thank you so much for your message, I really appreciate it. I hope if you try them your son enjoys them! It’s a great way to get kids to eat fruit without them realising!
I like the combination of mango with orange juice. It’s so good! I can imagine that these popsicles are so delicious and come without the calories as all the ingredients are natural. I will try this recipe out this summer for sure.
Thank you for your message Joanna. They’re definitely really refreshing in this hot weather! Thank you, I really hope you enjoy the recipe. Please let me know what you think if you try them 🙂
I’ve been trying to have more fruit lollies and things as desserts to cut back on calories, but they still seem to satisfy my sweet craving. Although I’ve not tried to make my own yet x
Thanks for your comment Rhian. They’re definitely great for satisfying sweet cravings. I didn’t realise how easy making my own were until I tried them x
Oh these look so yummy! We often make our own with fresh fruit and yoghurt and blend it , the children absolutely love them
Thank you for your comment Kira. They sound lovely, I can imagine the children love them!
I love the idea of making my own lollies for the kids this summer – thanks for the idea!
You’re welcome Jenny, thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy them if you make them!
This looks perfect for a hot summer day and the heat wave we have been experiencing. I can’t wait to make these with my kids
Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it 🙂 I hope you and your kids enjoy them! Please let me know what you think if you make them 🙂
Oh wow, thanks for sharing = I am so glad I found these awesome vegan and GF recipes. I have pinned them to use when my vegan family can visit again
Thank you for your comment Esme and thank you very much for pinning them too, I really appreciate it 🙂 I hope you and your family enjoy them.
love this very refreshing and healthy!
Thank you so much Jeannie, I really appreciate your comment. I’m so pleased to hear that! 🙂
I love this refreshing and healthy recipe! These popsicles are such a beautiful and vibrant color, too, who could resist?
Thank you so much Emily! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! 🙂
These look delicious! I love mango and pineapple and I can’t believe how quick and easy this recipe is. Thanks!
You’re welcome Crystal, thanks so much for your kind comment!
Okay I have never heard them called ice lollies before but that is now what I am calling them all the time! These were so delicious! My kids loved them!
I’ve always called them ice lollies, I’d never heard of them being called popsicles until recently! Thank you Kayla, I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed them!
Delicious and easy to make. Great instructions!
Thank you so much Ruth, I’m so glad you enjoyed them!
I love making my own popsicles! You get to control all the ingredients that go inside and they’re just so much healthier for you than store bought. I love how minimal the ingredients are in this but still so full of flavor!
Thank you Anaiah! I agree, they’re so much healthier than store bought ones and cheaper too which is always a bonus! I’m so glad you enjoyed them 🙂
I always find bought popsicles or lollies a bit too sweet so I love that you can have control over the flavour and sweetness!
Thank you Freya, I agree with you. It’s so much better making your own where you have control over the ingredients.
These popsicles taste amazing! Clean and simple ingredients as it should be. My family will be enjoying these all summer!
Thank you so much Joshua, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them!
Lovely pops. No added sugars and so healthy. I’m going to make this for my kids.
Thank you Natalie. I really hope your kids enjoy them 🙂
Oh wow! They sound so refreshing and delicious. I imagine the banana gives a nice creamy texture. Such a good idea.
Thank you Choclette, I appreciate your comment. The banana definitely makes them more creamy and adds some natural sweetness 🙂
This tropical popsicle was the perfect homemade treat! Easy to make and costs less than store bought!
Thanks so much Nancy, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the popsicles!
So glad I can enjoy these, I am both gf and vegan and sometimes it’s hard to find recipes that suit both. Yum!
Thank you very much Jan. It really can be so difficult to find recipes to cater for our dietary needs so I’m really pleased you’re enjoying these.
Incredible popsicles! Love how simple this recipe is too, these will be my go-to summer treat!
Thank you so much Katie, I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the popsicles. They’re definitely my favourite summer snack too!