Homemade strawberry popsicles made with fresh sweet strawberries and a touch of honey are bursting with flavor and perfect for a hot day.
Made simply with fresh strawberries, honey, and water, homemade Strawberry Popsicles are the ultimate healthy summer treat. Serve them as a delicious after-dinner snack or as a dessert at your next pool party or backyard barbecue.
Since I first bought my silicone popsicle molds, I have given these babies a whole lot of use. From creamy peach popsicles to refreshing fruit popsicles and everything in between, I’ve done it all. At this point, you could call me the Popsicle Queen. Queen of Popsicles? Crazy lady who refers to herself as a ruler of icy treats? Whatever you want to call it, I know my popsicles. And these Strawberry Popsicles are IT.
I’ve experimented with a lot of different homemade popsicle recipes, but nothing quite beats the simplicity and ease of this one. No crazy ingredients, no lengthy process, no dirtying up every dish in your kitchen. All you need is fruit, honey (or any sweetener), water, a blender, and some popsicle molds. Simply blend everything together and pour the puree into popsicle molds.
I like to use strawberries for their delicious flavor, nutritional content, and vibrant color, but you can use any type of fruit you like in this recipe. Mango, pineapples, watermelon, raspberries—you name it. My biggest recommendation here is that you use fruit that is currently in season, as that’s when it tastes the best and is typically the most affordable.
Whether you’re on the hunt for healthy snack recipes to treat your kids with after dinner or healthy dessert recipes for your next barbecue, these Strawberry Popsicles are the way to go. They’re delicious, nutritious, and incredibly refreshing—what more could you ask for in a summer treat?
What You’ll Need to Make Strawberry Popsicles
To make these flavorful icy treats, you only need 3 simple ingredients:
- Strawberries: I prefer to use fresh strawberries, but you can use frozen ones if needed. If you go the frozen route, I recommend letting them thaw first.
- Honey: The sweetness of the honey enhances the sweetness of the strawberries, making our popsicles extra delicious. You can adjust the amount of honey used based on the sweetness of your strawberries.
- Water: For added flavor, feel free to swap out plain water with coconut water or fruit juice.
- Lemon juice: This optional ingredient adds some extra brightness to the popsicles. It adds a tangy flavor to balance the sweetness of the berries. You could also add some lemon zest or even swap in some orange juice or lime juice.
Looking to get creative? Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this recipe:
- Make it vegan: To make this recipe vegan, try swapping out the honey for maple syrup or agave.
- Add more fruit: You can add fruits like bananas, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries to give these popsicles a more complex (and yummy) flavor profile.
- Make it boozy: Throwing a party and looking for a fun snack for the adults? No problem. Try adding some rum or vodka to the popsicles! Be careful not to add too much, otherwise, you run the risk of the popsicles not freezing.
- Add some citrus: To further enhance the flavors of these refreshing popsicles while simultaneously adding a bunch of nutrients, try adding fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice.
- Make it creamy: If you want creamy instead of icy popsicles, add Greek yogurt or coconut milk to your mixture. The results will be ultra-creamy and beyond delicious.
- Swap out the water: Feel free to swap out the plain water with a flavored liquid like coconut water or fruit juice like orange, pineapple, or white grape juice.
- Add protein: Boost the protein in these pops by blending in some Greek yogurt, chia seeds, or protein powder. You can also blend in protein-rich dairy milk to create a strawberry milk pop.
How to Store Homemade Popsicles
Although we initially freeze our popsicles in the popsicle molds, this isn’t the best method of storage on a long-term basis. Instead, you should transfer your fully frozen popsicles to an airtight bag before storing them long-term. This helps them to retain their texture, flavor, and color for longer, while simultaneously working to prevent freezer burn. When properly stored, these healthy homemade popsicles will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about homemade popsicles:
How long does it take for homemade popsicles to freeze?
When making homemade popsicles, you should let them freeze in the popsicle molds for at least 6 hours. I prefer to let them freeze overnight when I have the time. I know it can be tempting to pull them out of the molds after a few hours when they seem frozen, but if you take them out too soon then the center will likely not be fully frozen and the popsicle will wind up falling apart.
Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?
Of course. If strawberries aren’t in season or you want to use frozen strawberries you already have at home, you can absolutely do that. However, make sure you let the berries thaw out first if you decide to use frozen ones.
How do you get popsicles out of the molds?
It should be fairly easy to slip your popsicles out of the molds, but if you’re having trouble there’s a quick fix for that. Simply run the bottoms of the molds until warm water for 10-15 seconds and they should slide out easily after that.
What can I substitute for honey?
If you don’t have honey or simply want to use something else, you can swap it out for another natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave.
Can a food processor be used to make popsicles?
Absolutely! A food processor will work great to blend the strawberries. Simply add everything to the food processor and puree to your desired consistency.
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- 4.5 cups strawberries, chopped (~2 lbs strawberries)
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp honey (more or less depending on sweetness of strawberries)
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