30+ Homemade Popsicles

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When you need the perfect snack or dessert on a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than Homemade Popsicle Recipes! Go back to your childhood and enjoy something frozen on a stick. These kid-friendly popsicles are easy to make and fun to eat!

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Homemade Popsicles to Beat the Summer Heat

Ice pops have been around for ages. Some sort of liquid is poured into a mold then popped into the freezer until they are solid. That liquid can be a fruit puree, juice, or a blend made with yogurt, cream, or even pudding. So you can enjoy a treat that is refreshing and icy, or creamy and rich. But don’t forget the popsicles sticks. These frozen treats are hard to hold and eat without them.

We all may use the term ice pop and popsicle interchangeably, but Popsicle is actually a brand name. Popularized by Francis William “Frank” Epperson in 1923 when he filed the patent for his frozen treat on a stick, they were originally called “Eppsicles”. But his kids called them “Pop’s Sicles,” hence the term Popsicle was born and we’ve been enjoying them ever since.

Why Make Your Own Popsicles?

Sure, you can find an assortment of frozen ice pops in the grocery store. So you may wonder why you should go through the effort of making your own. While there are many varieties available, the possible flavor combinations are endless. So you can get creative and come up with your own combinations. Plus, you have control over the ingredients and can avoid preservatives, possible allergens, and even extra sugar, if you prefer.

Are Popsicles Healthy?

That all depends. Many storebought ones have lots of artificial colors and flavors, preservatives and chemicals, and lots of extra sugar. Sure, you can make your own indulgent ones if you like. But if you want to make healthy popsicles, you can use ingredients like fresh fruit, a bit of honey for sweetness, and even Greek yogurt if you want something creamy but healthy too.

You can also ensure that your ice pops are gluten free! Yes, all of the popsicle recipes in this collection can easily be made without gluten.

What Do You Need to Make Popsicle Recipes?

Many recipes start with some sort of puree, usually with fruit. So you’ll likely need a blender. While I love using my Blendtec, a basic blender is sufficient. You need something to freeze the popsicles in. While I like using popsicle molds, you can use plastic cups in a pinch. Either way, if your mold doesn’t have handles, make sure you have sturdy popsicle sticks that are food-safe.

Tips for Unmolding Popsicles

While I like to say that the hardest part of making your own popsicle recipes is waiting for the ice pops themselves to freeze, sometimes unmolding them might actually be the biggest challenge. What you’ll want to do is run cool water over the outside of the molds. You don’t want to use hot water or the popsicles will melt. You just want to warm up the mold enough for the popsicle to release. As the water runs over the outside, periodically give the stick a firm but gentle pull. You’ll start to feel it loosen up and then release.

Now that you have your supplies and tips, read on for some amazing popsicle recipes to try so you can cool off on a hot summer day. And don’t forget to get the kids in the kitchen. They’ll love making them as much as they love eating them.

30+ Easy Popsicle Recipes

You are going to love these homemade popsicles. They are so quick and easy to prepare that the hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

These creamy pops have the sweet, delicious flavor of an indulgent treat in a healthy frozen dessert made with Greek yogurt. They are a protein-packed snack recipe filled with fresh fruit, and with less than ten minutes of prep time, the hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze.
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Three slightly melted Strawberry Mango Lime Popsicles

Mango Strawberry Lime Popsicles

This recipe is the answer when you are craving a frozen dessert that is sweet, fruity, and fresh with a hint of tart lime flavor. Four ingredients are all you need to make this simple, light, and healthy ice pop.
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Swirled Nutella Banana Popsicles

Swirl together the flavors of banana and vanilla with chocolate and hazelnut into deliciously simple frozen yogurt pops for an easy dessert that nobody can resist. Only three ingredients and made with Greek yogurt for a protein-packed treat!
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Smoothie Popsicles

Turn your favorite smoothie into a delicious popsicle for a healthy treat that will keep you cool all summer long! Use your favorite or try all the different ideas here for so many varities.
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S’mores Yogurt Pops

Forget the campfire and keep cool when you start with Greek yogurt and make a delicious cool summertime snack. All of the flavors of a favorite childhood treat, and you can even use gluten free graham crackers.
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Pina Colada Popsicles

Made without booze, these are a non-alcoholic tropical treat for the summer months that the kids and adults will love. Greek yogurt mixed with almond coconut milk and frozen fruit creates a creamy popsicle with a refreshing flavor.
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Fruit Punch Popsicles

Perfect for a pool party, beach party, luau, or any party because it's a frozen treat based on the classic punch it’s always the first beverage to be gone. The perfect combination of pineapple, apple juice, ginger ale, and fruit.
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4-Ingredient Coconut Nutella Popsicles

A fudgy and indulgent treat, these creamy pops have just 4 simple ingredients and take 5 minutes to prepare. So cool, chocolatey, and perfect for a hot, summery afternoon!
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Passion Tea Lemonade Popsicles

The perfect ice pop for Starbucks lovers. Make a copycat of their passion tea lemonade at home, then freeze it into a cool treat that is crisp, tart, and sweet.
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Paletas Mexicanas (Mexican Popsicles)

Truly outrageous spicy-sweet popsicles made with a delicate medley of cantaloupe, cucumber, and lime! Then pair that with a strong dose of salt and lingering heat from the little flecks of jalapeño throughout the pop. It's a spicy-sweet dessert you won’t want to miss out on this season
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Banana Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pops

For a frozen treat on a stick that’s healthy enough for breakfast or a snack but sweet enough for dessert, it’s as easy as blending a smoothie to make these popsicles. As long as you use nice, ripe bananas, they are plenty sweet without any added sugar. It’s also a great way to use up any blueberries that may be starting to get a little soft, or use frozen and thawed berries if you don't have fresh ones.
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This homemade frozen yogurt pop is made with creamy peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Pops

Sweet and creamy with chunky bananas and chocolate chips plus gobs of peanut butter, indulge your craving for the best flavor combination in one tasty popsicle. So good and so gorgeous, every big and little monkey will go bananas for these popsicles.
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Raspberry Chocolate Almond Crunch Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

It's like a breakfast parfait on a stick. Made with creamy Greek yogurt, sweet-tart berries, and your favorite granola for some unexpected crunch, it's time to cool off with this frosty treat.
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Dole whip popsicles on a platter of ice.

Easy Dole Whip Popsicles

Love to grab a Dole Whip at Disney? Now you can make your own in popsicle form with just four ingredients for a no-sugar-added, kid-friendly summer dessert that’s refreshing and easy!
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Ripe Peach Popsicles

The next best thing to sinking your teeth into a fresh picked peach. It's may be a frozen fruity ice pop, but you can still let the juice dribble down your chin!
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Chocolate Popsicles

Super easy to make, these fudge pops are decadent and refreshing. Your family will go crazy over these. They are better than the ones you'll find at the grocery store, but made with simple ingredients.
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Watermelon Popsicles

These adorable treats are made with fresh watermelon and layered with coconut milk and kiwi, plus dotted with chocolate chips to look and taste like your favorite summer fruit. So as long as you use good, ripe fruit the flavors will be utterly delicious and irresistibly refreshing.
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Raspberry Popsicles

Bright, sweet and tangy, with just three ingredients and no refined sugar. They are a yummy and healthy treat for the entire family. And you can use frozen berries to make them easier and more economical.
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Lemon Popsicles

Made from scratch with only 3 ingredients! The taste and texture are spot-on for popsicles, you’ll never buy them at the store again!
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Strawberry Rhubarb Lime Popsicles

Refreshing and delicious with a quintessential taste of summer. Cook the rhubarb and fruit into a sweet-tart compote that freezes into an extra-special frozen dessert.
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Berries and Cream Popsicles

Cool down this summer with these sweet, refreshing popsicles made of delicious berries, milk, a bit of honey, and non-fat Greek yogurt. Similar to a smoothie, it's a healthy snack that will put a smile on cute little faces.
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Coconut Mocha Popsicles

These might be more for the grownups unless you use decaf, but If you love coffee and coconut, these are a must for your summer bucket list. You can even change up the flavor by using your favorite coffee creamer.
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Mango Popsicles with Chocolate Drizzle

Made with fresh mango, yogurt, and honey, these ice pops are high in protein and are super refreshing. Perfect as a snack, dessert, or even breakfast. Plus you can prep them in only 10 minutes, but feel free to add a drizzle of chocolate to give them a bit of indulgence.
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Red White and Blue Popsicles

So cute, fun, and yummy! These dreamy pops are made with fresh summer raspberries and blueberries for a delicious, cool dessert for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day!
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Mango Kiwi Lemonade Popsicles

Your kids will love having this ice pop on hot summer days! They have big slices of kiwi suspended in a sweet and tangy blend of mangoes with crisp lemonade.
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Raspberry Green Tea Key Lime Popsicle

They are definitely on the lighter side of things so you can indulge in a nice cold sweet treat that isn't as rich as ice cream. They have a double dose of raspberries from adding them to the tea while it steeps to give it that beautiful red color, and then an extra dose of raspberries right in the popsicle molds.
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Mixed Berries and Coconut Popsicles

Delicious blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are sweetened with a hint of honey to make these swirled frozen pops. This amazing marbled popsicle is easy to make and beautiful to look at, plus so creamy but actually dairy-free.
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Berry Lemonade Pops

This recipe is easy to make with watermelon, lemons, and blueberries. It's all the best of summer ready for you to enjoy.
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Bananas Foster Popsicles

Skip the open flames of this classic flambeed dessert and cool off instead. This is a fun twist on bananas foster in popsicle form with bananas, greek yogurt, rum extract, and cinnamon.
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Pineapple yogurt pops laying on parchment paper on a tabletop.

Pineapple Yogurt Popsicles – Guest Post from The Bitter Side of Sweet

These pops are made with vanilla bean greek yogurt and crushed pineapple with a little bit of pineapple juice added to smooth out the mixture. They are simple and easy and they are something your kids can help you make. Mix them up in the mornings and by the afternoons they are ready to go!
Two homemade avocado banana popsicles with pink and blue holders, with bananas and avocados in the background.

Healthy Avocado Banana Popsicles

These healthy popsicles are perfect for bananas or avocados that are almost too ripe. They are rich and satisfying but packed with nutrition to make them good for everyone, especially little ones who need a wholesome snack.
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