These healthy strawberry popsicles are made with real fruit, dairy free yogurt and even contain hidden veggies. This strawberry popsicle recipe is great for kids (and adults) - the perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months.
Not only do I love making smoothies during the hot summer months, but homemade popsicles are another must!
These healthy strawberry popsicles are made with frozen strawberries and pineapple, coconut yogurt, cooked beets, lime and lightly sweetened with honey.
They are smooth and creamy - not icy like some homemade popsicles. And yes, my kids DO love them! You can't taste the beets.
Why You'll Love these Healthy Strawberry Popsicles
- easy to make - just blend, pour into a mold and freeze
- gluten free and dairy free - made with a dairy free yogurt
- not icy - these popsicles have a smooth texture
- made with real fruit - no fruit juice
- no sugar - a small amount of honey is added, but this ingredient is optional
- healthy homemade popsicles for toddlers - all my young kids loved these popsicles
- made with hidden veggies - these strawberry popsicles contain beets, but you can't taste them
- paleo friendly - these are paleo strawberry popsicles, made with real, whole food ingredients
Here's what you need to make this recipe for strawberry popsicles:
- frozen strawberries
- frozen pineapple
- cooked beets - I like Love Beets pre-cooked beets
- yogurt - I used a dairy free coconut yogurt
- coconut milk - or any plant based milk
- lime juice
- raw honey (optional - swap with maple syrup for vegan)
I used frozen strawberries and pineapple, however fresh will work too. As for the beets, you may steam your own raw beets or use pre-cooked ones like I did. You can also omit the beets or swap them with a tablespoon (or two) of beet root powder.
I used a dairy free coconut yogurt to make these strawberry beet popsicles. The yogurt is important for texture purposes. It helps to make these popsicles smooth and creamy rather than icy. Any type of yogurt will work, however I recommend using a brand that is thick (for instance a coconut or greek yogurt).
Lastly, the honey is optional. The first time I made these I didn't add any sweetener. However, I felt that something was missing and there was a slight beet flavor. Adding just a tablespoon of honey brought these popsicles from good to great, with no beet flavor detectable.
How to Make Healthy Strawberry Popsicles
To make these healthy strawberry popsicles you'll need a Vitamix or high powered blender and popsicles molds. I used silicone popsicle molds, but any type of mold will do.
Here's what you need to do to make them:
Blend Popsicle Ingredients
First, place all of the popsicle ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend, using the tamper as needed, until the mixture is smooth.
It does take some time to get all of the ingredients fully blended. If your blender isn't as powerful, you can either defrost the fruit before blending, or add a little more coconut milk to get things moving.
Pour into Popsicle Mold
Next, pour the mixture into your popsicle molds. I was able to make 12 popsicles in my silicone mold (which makes fairly big popsicles).
Place the top cover on the popsicle mold and then insert a popsicle stick into each slot.
Put the popsicles in the freezer for at least 8 hours to set. Note, freezing time will vary depending on the shape and size of your popsicles.
Remove from Mold and Enjoy
Once the popsicles are fully set, remove them from their molds and enjoy!
A couple tips to remove your popsicles:
- run the popsicle mold under warm water for a minute or two
- use a dull knife (like a butter knife) and slide it between the popsicle and the mold
- if using silicone molds, push the popsicles up from the bottom of the mold to remove
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for fruit popsicles to freeze?
Fruit popsicles typically take about 4-8 hours to fully freeze, depending on the popsicle shape and size. It will also depend on the temperature of your freezer.
I find it best to freeze popsicles overnight to ensure that they are fully set.
How do you store homemade popsicles?
Homemade popsicles must be kept in the freezer. Either store them in their popsicle mold, or remove them from the mold and place them in a baggie.
Can you use fresh instead of frozen fruit?
Yes, fresh fruit will work for making popsicles if you don't want to use frozen.
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These healthy strawberry popsicles are made with yogurt, frozen fruit and hidden veggies (beets). This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and vegan.
- Place all popsicle ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend, using the tamper as needed, until the mixture is smooth and consistent.
- Pour the mixture into a silicone popsicle mold.
- Place the top cover on the popsicle mold and then insert a popsicle stick into each slot.
- Put the popsicles in the freezer for at least 8 hours to set.
- Once set, remove popsicles from the mold and enjoy!
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