Homemade Fruit Popsicles

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This Homemade Fruit Popsicles recipe is an easy, healthy and refreshing treat or snack to make for your kids this summer!  These healthy popsicles are made with only 5 ingredients including fresh fruit and vegetables, in 5 minutes (plus freezing time)! Make a variety of flavors by using different combinations of fruits, juices, and yogurts!

overhead view of 9 Homemade Fruit Popsicles in three colors: purple, green and red. Laying out on crushed ice with fresh fruit surrounding them.


There’s nothing like enjoying an ice-cold popsicle after a day of fun in the summer sun (well, except for a delicious smoothie)! However, many store-bought varieties contain artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.

That’s why I created this recipe for Homemade Popsicles with only 5 wholesome ingredients including fresh fruit and yogurt or pure fruit juice!

It only takes 5 minutes to blend up the mixture for this fruit popsicle recipe! The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze before enjoying them!

overhead view of 6 Homemade Fruit Popsicles in three colors: purple, green and red. Laying out on crushed ice with fresh fruit surrounding them.

Homemade Fruit Popsicles: Ingredients for different Varieties

There are many different combinations and flavors you can create with this healthy homemade popsicle recipe! I listed three specific varieties in the recipe card. But let’s chat about some of the different options here.

The important thing to keep constant is the ratio of ingredients. As long as you use the suggested amount fruit, yogurt, juice, etc. your popsicles will turn out great. The only thing to note is that if you add a watery vegetable like zucchini, you will need to decrease the amount of liquid used.

Just be aware that if you are hoping to make pretty colored popsicles, you must choose fruit/juice/yogurt that combine beautifully (e.g. peeled apples and zucchini) or are in the same color family (e.g. red strawberries with red grape juice).  

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this fruit popsicles recipe

Fruit Suggestions

Here are some of our favorite fruits to use to make this popsicle recipe: 

  • Strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • apples (peeled if you are looking to create a color other than that of the outside of the skin). 
  • grapes
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • peaches
  • plums
  • nectarines
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
overhead view of different varieties of homemade popsicles

Yogurt/Juice Suggestions 

In this post I used Honey Vanilla Greek yogurt. I love the creaminess it adds to this popsicle recipe! I also love the added protein and flavor! Here are some other suggestions that you can use! If you use fruit juice I recommend choosing unsweetened varieties not from concentrate. 

  • Greek yogurt (any flavor or fat percentage). 
  • Dairy-free yogurt
  • regular yogurt (any flavor or kind). 
  • Apple Juice (used in the green popsicles). 
  • orange juice
  • grape juice
  • cherry juice

Other ingredient substitutions

Here are a few suggestions for substitutions for the other ingredients in this fruit popsicles recipe

  • Honey. honey is my favorite sweetener to use in this recipe because it’s natural, imparts a subtle but delicious flavor, and is not too expensive! We tried a batch with maple syrup and while it was tasty, I don’t prefer popsicles with a maple flavor! Other suggestions are agave, pure cane sugar, or your favorite liquid sweetener.
  • Lemon juice. The acidity of lemon juice is important to this popsicle recipe because it keeps them nice and soft and balances out the sweetness. Lime juice can be used for a different flavor if desired! 
  • Vanilla extract. I absolutely adore the extra flavor punch that the pure vanilla extract gives to these healthy popsicles. However, you could omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand, especially if you’re using a vanilla flavored yogurt. 
two red homemade popsicles sitting on top of each other over ice

How to Make Homemade Popsicles 

This fruit popsicle recipe is very simple with minimal ingredients, but we’ll walk through it step-by-step to ensure your success, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Use a Vitamix

For a silky-smooth popsicles, you need to use a high powered blender like a Vitamix.

Blend Ingredients

Begin this recipe by blending the ingredients in the order listed in the recipe card. It’s important to always add the liquid ingredients first – in this case it would be yogurt or juice.

Next add the honey. The amount will vary depending on the sweetness of the berries and yogurt or juice used. I recommend starting with 1-2 Tablespoons and increasing it to suit your tastes.

Next add the vanilla, lemon juice and then the berries and blend it all together.  Start on low speed and increase to medium. This pulls the ingredients down into the blades. Once the mixture starts to blend well increase the speed to high and blend for 40-60 seconds.

two photos, both showing a front view of a vitamix blender. The left photo has strawberries in the blender, the right photo shows the Homemade Fruit Popsicle mixture after blending.

Pour Mixture into Popsicle Molds

Once the mixture is homogenous (uniform throughout), evenly distribute it between the six wells of a popsicle mold. I created this recipe to perfectly fit in this Classic Popsicle Mold and make 6 popsicles. 

front view of the Homemade Fruit Popsicles mixture being poured from the vitamix container into a green popsicle mold with 6 wells.

Freeze

Once the molds are filled, place the lids and sticks on top and freeze for 8 hours, or overnight. I recommend making these homemade popsicles the day before you would like to enjoy them so you don’t have to wait for them to freeze.

I like to make a couple batches of this healthy popsicle recipe and toss them in the freezer so we always have some on hand for when the craving strikes on a hot summer day.

two photos with an overhead view of a green, six-well popsicle mold. The left photo shows the mold with all the wells filled with pink Homemade Fruit Popsicle mixture. The right photo shows a hand placing the lids and sticks onto the wells.

Release from Molds

Whether you use a store-bought mold or make your own, you will need to remove the popsicles from the molds. It’s really easy to do!

To release the popsicles from the molds simply run each one under warm water for 30-60 seconds and pull to release. Then you can freeze them for later or enjoy right away!

Overhead view of a hand holding a red Homemade Fruit Popsicle over six other popsicles (two green, two purple and two red) resting on ice with fresh fruit all around

Store

These homemade popsicles can be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container. Enjoy frozen.

front view of a homemade popsicle with a bite taken out of it

Fruit Popsicles Recipe FAQs

How do you store homemade popsicles? 

If you plan on making these fruit popsicles in advance and not eating them as soon as they’re removed from the molds, here’s how to store them: 
Remove popsicles from molds. 
Place on a large baking sheet. 
Put baking sheet in the freezer. 
Once the popsicles are completely frozen, place them in a freezer-friendly container or plastic bag to store!

How long do homemade popsicles last? 

These homemade fruit popsicles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months (if they don’t get eating right away)!

How do you make smooth popsicles?

The trick to creating smooth popsicles with fresh, whole fruits and vegetables is using the Vitamix blender! With it you can blend any variety of fruit or veggies into a silky smooth, delicious icy treat for you and your family!

How do you make popsicles without a popsicle mold? 

It’s actually super easy to make your own homemade popsicles without a store bought mold, (although I highly recommend buying one because it makes it very easy to whip up a batch of these healthy popsicles)!

How do you make popsicle molds at home? 

If you don’t have a popsicle mold you can make your own mold using cups, popsicle sticks and tin foil! Here’s how: 
Place cups on a baking pan.
Pour popsicle mixture into the cups.
Place tin foil over each cup and use a sharp knife to cut a small slit in middle of the tinfoil on top.
Slide a popsicle stick into each slit.
Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

overhead view of 9 Homemade Fruit Popsicles in three colors: purple, green and red. Laying out on crushed ice with fresh fruit surrounding them.

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Healthy Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Laura
This Homemade Fruit Popsicles recipe is an easy, healthy and
refreshing treat or snack to make for your kids this summer!  These popsicles are made with only 5 ingredients including fresh fruit and vegetables, in 5 minutes (plus freezing
time)! Make a variety of flavors by using different combinations of fruits, juices,
and yogurts! A great healthy dessert to enjoy after a day of fun in the sun!
4.98 from 41 votes
Course baby food, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 popsicles
Calories 100.1
Prep Time5 minutes
Freezing time4 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to the container of your Vitamix in the order listed.
  • Blend for 50-70 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
  • Evenly distribute the mixture into the six wells of a popsicle mold.
  • Secure the lids and sticks on top of the mold and place it in the freezer.
  • Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the molds, run each one under hot water for 30 seconds and then release the popsicle.
  • Enjoy immediately! 
To freeze for later, once the popsicles are removed from the molds place them on a baking sheet to flash freeze them for 30 minutes.
  • Place them in an airtight, freezer-friendly container or Ziploc bag until you are ready to enjoy them!

Video

Notes

Nutrition information was calculated for the strawberry popsicles using honey vanilla Greek yogurt. 
Red Popsicles:
  • 2.5 cup strawberries
  • ¾ cup vanilla honey greek yogurt
  • 4-6 TBS honey
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
Purple Popsicles:
  • 2.5 cup blueberries
  • ¾ cup apple juice
  • 4-6 TBS honey
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
Green Popsicles:
  • 2 cups apples, chopped and peeled (2 small or one medium apple)
  • 1 cup zucchini (1 small zucchini chopped)
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 4 TBS honey
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup spinach (if zucchini isn’t making it green enough)
If you don’t have a popsicle mold use this method:
  1. Place cups on a baking pan.
  2. Pour popsicle mixture into the cups.
  3. Place tin foil over each cup and use a sharp knife to cut a small slit in middle of the tinfoil on top.
  4. Slide a popsicle stick into each slit.
  5. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
Store
These homemade popsicles can be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container. Enjoy frozen.
Ingredient Substitutions
  • Honey. honey is my favorite sweetener to use in this recipe because it’s natural, imparts a subtle but delicious flavor, and is not too expensive! We tried a batch with maple syrup and while it was tasty, I don’t prefer popsicles with a maple flavor! Other suggestions are agave, pure cane sugar, or your favorite liquid sweetener! 
  • Lemon juice. The acidity of lemon juice is important to this popsicle recipe because it keeps them nice and soft and balances out the sweetness. Lime juice can be used for a different flavor if desired! 
  • Vanilla extract. I absolutely adore the extra flavor punch that the pure vanilla extract gives to these healthy popsicles. However, you could omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand, especially if you’re using a vanilla flavored yogurt. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1popsicle | Calories: 100.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.5g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6.1mg | Sodium: 21.5mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 49.7mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I will love to make these. It sounds easy and so delicious. I am doing this for a school project and hope my classmates will like them.

  2. These look so good😋😋😋 Healthy too. I’m gathering a small collection of iceblock moulds to make ice blocks for the grandkids and would love to know where to purchase your green ones. They’re a great size. I live in Australia and have punched most of mine online. Never seen yours before💚