5 Dairy Free Kid Friendly Popsicle Recipes for healthy and fun Summer treats. Full of fresh fruit, flavor, and color; the whole family will enjoy these homemade popsicles!
I’ve discovered that I can stick anything in a popsicle, and my toddler will eat it. He is 2 1/2 years old now, and apparently this is the Summer of the popsicle. He is constantly going to the freezer to ask for one, and he really just can’t get enough! Right now he’s eating at least one of these a day, sometimes two!
Making your own popsicles is so affordable. I actually got everything I needed at Target and made a ton of popsicles for not much cost!
The one thing you need to make homemade popsicles: A popsicle mold! I got this one a few years ago and love it! I have another one, but this is my favorite. Great shape and size, and I love using real wooden sticks.
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I also love that with homemade popsicles, you can control what goes in them. If you don’t want added sugar, simply leave it out, or add a little bit. You can know they are made with fresh ingredients, like fruit and veggies, and nothing strange. Best of all, you can make dairy free, creamy, delicious popsicles, which can be really hard to find (or impossible) at a regular store.
Here are 5 of my favorite homemade dairy free kid friendly popsicle recipes:
Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles
These fruity popsicles can be made with fresh or frozen pineapple, and get their sweetness from whole fruit and orange juice.
2 cups pineapple
3 ripe bananas
1 cup orange juice (100% juice)
In a blender (high-powered preferred, such as a Vitamix), blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely firm. Makes about 10 popsicles.
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
These beautiful red popsicles taste like strawberry lemonade, with fresh (or frozen) strawberries. They are sweet and tart, and one of my kid’s favorite popsicle recipes.
2 cups strawberries (I used frozen, but fresh is fine, organic preferred)
1 cup lemonade
2 tablespoons sugar or agave, optional for added sweetness
In a blender, blend the strawberries and lemonade until smooth. Add in sugar or agave as desired (may omit). Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely firm. Makes about 8 popsicles.
Lime popsicles (with spinach)
Kids won’t question a green popsicle if it’s lime flavored, right? These green popsicles have a ton of spinach, but you can’t taste it. The sweetness from the fruit covers up the spinach taste, and the lime and coconut milk create a sweet, tangy and creamy popsicle that is hard to resist.
1 1/2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 ripe banana
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
Juice from 2 limes
In a blender, blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely firm. Makes about 10 popsicles.
Orange Creamsicle Popsicles
These Orange Creamsicle popsicles use whole, peeled oranges and coconut milk to create a delicious creamsicle reminiscent of childhood. This popsicle is my personal favorite!
3 medium-large navel oranges, peeled
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar or agave
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Puree all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours. Makes about 8 popsicles.
Pina Colada Popsicles (alcohol free)
Kid friendly and alcohol free, these tropical popsicles taste like a Pina Colada! They are made with fresh (or frozen) pineapple, coconut milk and sweetener of choice (or omit). Simple and delicious!
2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 cup full fat coconut milk
3-4 tablespoons sugar or agave
In a blender, puree all ingredients until completely smooth. Taste, and add more sweetener as desired (this will depend on the sweetness of your pineapple). Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours or until firm. Makes about 8 popsicles.
How do I store homemade popsicles?
Once the popsicles are frozen completely, run warm water on the outside of the popsicle mold for a minute until the popsicle pops out when you pull it.
Wrap individually in plastic wrap or wax paper, and then stick the wrapped popsicles in a large ziplock freezer bag to store.
As you wrap the popsicles, don’t leave them out for long or they will start to melt. I wrapped one quickly, and stuck it in the freezer right away. Continue until they are all wrapped and frozen again. This will make it a lot easier for kids to grab a popsicle, without you having to run warm water every time someone wants a popsicle!
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