These recipes will help you keep your freezer stocked with creamy popsicles that satisfy your family’s ice cream cravings without piling on the calories.
Summer is on its way here in Michigan. And with the long, steamy days of summer comes the inevitable craving for something cold, sweet, and creamy. But while ice cream may be the first frozen treat that comes to mind, there are healthier alternatives.
I confess that I find it hard to pass by a frozen yogurt shop, but that can run into money, especially if you’re treating the whole family. So I decided to try making healthy frozen treats at home.
That’s when I discovered that it’s possible to make delicious, creamy popsicles without high-fat dairy products. And I was hooked.
Below are ten of the tastiest popsicle recipes I found. They’ll help you keep your freezer stocked with creamy popsicles that satisfy your family’s ice cream cravings without piling on the calories. Many of them use lower-fat dairy foods like yogurt or vegan alternatives like almond milk or coconut milk. And their sweetness comes in part from natural ingredients like fresh fruit or honey instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
So go ahead and indulge!
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10 creamy popsicles
1. Berry cheesecake pops
This recipe embeds fresh seasonal berries (in this case, raspberries and blackberries) like little jewels in a creamy, cheesecake-like base made of low-fat cream cheese, almond milk, and honey. Chopped graham crackers are added to the mix for that authentic cheesecake experience. (via Gimme Some Oven)
2. Mint chocolate chip Greek yoghurt popsicles
I happen to believe the combination of mint and chocolate is about the most perfect flavor pairing around. The creamy mint popsicles are made with Greek yogurt, milk, mint extract, and honey, with chocolate chips mixed in. Then they’re dipped in a milk chocolate and coconut oil combo that hardens to form a crunchy shell. (via Marsha’s Baking Addiction)
3. Coconut lime popsicles
Freshly squeezed lime juice and lime zest give these popsicles their natural citrus flavor. The creamy texture comes from coconut milk, which pairs beautifully with the lime. Add shredded unsweetened coconut for the perfect tropical frozen treat. (via The Charming Detroiter)
4. Dreamy creamy mango popsicles
Vanilla almond milk sweetened with honey and vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt form the subtly sweet base for these ice pops. The rest of the flavor–and there’s a lot of it!–comes from the mangoes, which are packed with vitamin C. The post includes a helpful bonus video on how to peel a mango. (via Foodie Crush)
5. Coconut peach creamy popsicles
These Coconut Peach Creamy Popsicles are made with just three ingredients. (Hint: Two of them are in the name; the other one is honey.) I used to have a friend who couldn’t stand to peel peaches. He’d have loved this recipe, because after pitting them you throw skins and all into the blender–which makes it super quick and easy. (via The 36th Avenue)
6. Greek yogurt fudgesicles
Unsweetened cocoa provides the chocolate-y goodness of these Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles. The sweetness comes from agave nectar, although you can substitute honey or maple syrup. And the creamy texture is thanks to a mixture of Greek yogurt and skim milk. (via Recipe Runner)
7. Vegan blueberry coconut popsicles (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Another three-ingredient recipe for creamy popsicles, this one uses maple syrup for sweetness. It’s a good way to use up loads of fresh blueberries and pack their superfood nutrients into a tasty dessert. And because the creamy texture comes entirely from coconut milk, it’s vegan-friendly. (via Beaming Baker)
8. 3-ingredient sugar-free peanut butter popsicles
These peanut butter popsicles are yet another three-ingredient vegan selection. (I know, I’m making it tough on you here.) They use sugar-free peanut butter and English toffee-flavored liquid stevia sweetener. If you’re not concerned about sugar, you could substitute regular peanut butter and maple syrup. (via Sugar-Free Mom)
9. Almond Joy popsicles (vegan, paleo)
I hate to break it to Julia of The Roasted Root, but what she’s come up with here is actually a Mounds bar popsicle (dark chocolate and coconut), not an Almond Joy (milk chocolate, coconut, and almonds). I know this because, as a dark chocolate lover, I routinely pass over the Almond Joys in the candy bowl and seek out the Mounds bars. But who wants to quibble over names when you can enjoy these beautiful confections instead? This version of the hard chocolate shell is made with cocoa and adorned with coconut flakes. (via The Roasted Root)
10. Lava flow popsicles
Our last entry is named after a popular Hawaiian cocktail. There’s no alcohol in these popsicles, though, so they’re kid-friendly. These colorful creations take a little more work than some of the other recipes here, but they’re worth it. A pineapple-mango-coconut milk swirl is layered with a strawberry-orange juice-honey swirl to get the volcanic (or lava lamp?) effects. (via One Lovely Life)