Dairy-Free Creamy Coconut Popsicles are here to cool you down this summer! Free of dairy and refined sugars, these healthy, vegan treats will satisfy any heatwave popsicle craving. Homemade popsicles are easy to make with common kitchen ingredients and make the best summer delight.
What are these popsicles made with?
For the base of this recipe, you'll need:
⭐ A can of full-fat coconut milk
⭐ Maple syrup, for flavor
Coconut lime flavor
By adding lime juice and some lime zest, you'll get a coconut lime-flavored popsicle! I share the full recipe details below on the printable recipe card.
What can I use instead of popsicle molds?
There are a few options if popsicle molds aren't for you...
⭐ Silicone muffin cups
⭐ Ice cube trays
⭐ Reused yogurt cups!
Tip: Warm the container in hot water for 10 seconds before removing the popsicle for an easy pop.
When I was young, I gathered a handful of wooden popsicle sticks and paper cups to make myself some homemade popsicles. What was hard to figure out? I knew how ice was made, easy-peasy! So I poured my beloved fruit punch into the cups, threw in the wooden sticks, and slid them into the freezer. Scooted the dining chair over to the freezer and peered in; they were done! I ripped the paper cups off of the heavy brick of red ice leaving behind some scraps and stuck my tongue onto my first homemade popsicle...
There I learned that popsicles are not made from just freezing juice.
For this recipe, I'll share how to make Dairy-Free Creamy Coconut Popsicles that are not only delicious and smooth but vegan!
How to make them creamy
To make the popsicles creamy, you'll need one of two options:
As I learned long ago, freezing liquid forms ice cubes, not popsicles, so to make the consistency your after, you'll need to add in sugar, fat, and fiber to change the structure of the liquid.
Full-fat coconut milk or vegan coconut yogurt are the two best options. They'll freeze with the familiar creamy popsicle consistency and bring a smoothness, like ice cream.
Whether you're using coconut milk or yogurt, you'll want to add in a sweetener (maple syrup, agave, or any other sugar of choice) and vanilla extract to give this frozen popsicle recipe the most pleasing sweetness level.
After you've filled the trays and added them to the freezer, wait about an hour and then go back with a butter knife and stir, ensuring all the flavors are even and haven't sunk to the bottom.
How long does it take for homemade to freeze?
Depends on your freezer and the thickness of the popsicles. Generally, 6-8 hours before you get to enjoy your frozen popsicles!
How to store the popsicles
They can be stored in their molds in the freezer. Run the mold under warm water for 10-30 seconds, being careful not to get the popsicles wet. Tap the bottoms and sides, then release! You can return them to the mold for safekeeping.
Placing them in freezer bags is also doable; just lay them flat, side by side.
Perfect summer treat
Dairy-Free Creamy Coconut Popsicles are for you if you love using simple ingredients and enjoy healthy eating with quick steps. These popsicles are a summer delight, especially during heat waves! Skip all the additives and preservatives in store-bought popsicles and enjoy this creamy treat all summer long.
Dairy-Free Creamy Coconut Popsicles
- popsicle mold
- 14 ounces full fat canned coconut milk
- ¼ cup lime juice 2-3 limes
- 2 tablespoons lime zest about 2 limes
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients and then pour into your popsicle mold. (Be sure to zest the limes prior to squeezing the juice).
- Place the mold into the freezer on a leveled surface. After about an hour insert the popsicle sticks, stirring again to even the flavors.
- Freeze for 6-8 hours until frozen.
- Run the mold under warm water for 10-30 seconds, tap, and release the popsicles!