Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of chasing the ice cream truck as a kid or memories of splitting a “twin popsicle” with your friend and trying to make sure it splits evenly, but whatever the reason, everyone loves popsicles. Since the dog days of summer are the optimal time for us to perfect our own recipe, and because we’ve baked every cookie and every cake in our early quarantine days, here are 10 of our favorite popsicles to make.
1. Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
This recipe from Beaming Baker is super simple, using just three ingredients: full-fat coconut milk, blueberries, and maple syrup. Use this recipe as an excuse to buy up some fresh blueberries at your local grocery store or have them delivered with Instacart or Mercato!
2. Dulce De Leche Popsicles
Just the name of these popsicles from Minimalist Baker is enough to get you drooling. The caramel flavor comes from dates blended with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. Throw in some sea salt, vanilla, maple syrup, and an optional tablespoon of bourbon, and you’ve got yourself a dessert worthy of making time and time again!
3. Tropical Turmeric Popsicles
Using chopped pineapple, kiwi, and coconut oil, this recipe from Abra’s Kitchen is a tropical treat waiting to be made and devoured. The addition of turmeric makes these treats anti-inflammatory for an added health bonus. This recipe also has the odd ingredient of black pepper which works with the turmeric to increase its healing properties. Did you know that piperine, the active compound in black pepper, can increase curcumin absorption by as much as 2,000 percent?
Fudgsicles are a true elementary school throwback (memories of melted chocolate dripping down your face, anyone?)! It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken uses non-dairy milk, full-fat coconut milk, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and the secret ingredient of corn starch (to give it a chewy, fudgy, creaminess) to create these popsicle throwbacks.
5. Banoffee Ice Cream Pops
Feasting On Fruit’s banoffee ice cream pops uses banana ice cream (or “nice cream,” as it’s become known in the vegan world) mixed with homemade, healthy toffee; a date caramel layer; and a caramel sauce drizzle to create a very decadent ice cream pop. Crumbled cookies, graham crackers, or your favorite granola all work to create the “toffee” portion.
6. Mango Lassi Popsicles
Who doesn’t love a cool, creamy mango lassi? So why not channel that into a popsicle? Choosing Chia has done just that using mango, coconut yogurt, vanilla extract, orange juice, and a touch of lime. Channel the delicious flavors of this classic, vegan-friendly beverage while keeping cool and enjoying a sweet treat!
7. Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Ice Cream Pops
These pops from Feasting on Fruit are truly a full dessert in one easy-to-make and easy-to-eat package! Creamy cacao nib ice cream is coated in dark chocolate, sprinkled with almond chunks, and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. Need we say more?
8. Green Tea Hibiscus Pops
This recipe from Peas and Crayons is worth it just for the amazingly bright pink color! These are definitely a great thirst quencher and are just the perfect afternoon treat on a hot, hot day. Using water, green tea, hibiscus, a bit of sugar, fresh pineapple juice, and lime juice, it’s like drinking a delicious glass of iced tea on a stick!
9. Boozy Peach Sangria Popsicles with Prosecco
These prosecco sangria popsicles from A Side of Sweet are a great way to up your Sunday brunch at home. Peaches, blueberries, and fresh mint give them a sweet taste while the fruity white wine (like a Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling), peach schnapps, and prosecco certainly give these treats a kick!
10. Watermelon Margarita Popsicles
Salt and Lavender has managed to put the ever-tasty margarita into popsicle form! Simply combine a small watermelon, juice of 1 lime, 4 ounces of tequila, and a bit of sea salt, and you’re set! This one is best served with chips and guac for a fun summer treat.
Hayden Seder is a freelance writer and editor in Sun Valley, ID, and has been vegan for 14 years.