Cool down this summer with this healthy strawberry sugar-free popsicles recipe, made with real strawberries, monk fruit sweetener, and lemon juice!
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s about time for…more popsicles.
This time, I polled blog readers to see what people’s favorite flavors were, and I unanimously heard back “red.” I took the liberty of translating that to mean strawberry. Because, well… there’s nothing more summery than picking too many strawberries than you know what to do with and finding yourself working them into every recipe you can make!
So with that, here are some easy, tasty, real strawberry popsicles. And if this is your first homemade popsicle rodeo and you want to learn a bit more, dive into my Ultimate Guide to Homemade Popsicles!
What exactly is monk fruit?
The great thing about these frozen fruit popsciles is that they’re made without added sugar. With just the natural strawberry sugar and a little help from some monk fruit sweetener, these contain way less sugar than most popsicles.
Monk fruit sweetener comes from the monk fruit (or luo han guo). It’s a seed-looking fruit that comes from Thailand and China, and turns into a sweetener by being peeled, deseeded, and crushed! The result is a sweet sugar-like result that’s totally natural, super delicious, and a great alternative to traditional sugar.
Ingredients in sugar-free strawberry popsicles
These sugar-free strawberry popsicles are made using only three simple ingredients: real strawberries, monk fruit sweetener, and lemon juice!
- Strawberries: First thing’s first! Start with 2 heaping cups of strawberries, cut into quarters to help with measuring. You can use fresh or frozen (just be sure to thaw them before blending if using frozen berries).
- Monk Fruit Sweetener: Next, include 2 to 4 tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener. You can usually find this in the grocery aisle with the sugars and artificial sweeteners.
- Lemon Juice: Finally, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice add a bit if zing while keeping the colors bright!
How to make popsicles with real strawberries
- Blend the ingredients: First, add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to the molds: Pour the mix into the molds, leaving a little space at the top of each one so they have space to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until hard (at least 4 hours).
- Run under water & serve: To serve, run the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen up the pops. From there you should be able to easily remove them from the mold.
frozen fruit popsicle variations
More of a blueberry or a mango popsicle lover, perhaps? Here are some easy ways to mix up sugar-free popsicles to suit your liking.
- Blueberry: For a tasty blueberry popsicle rendition, swap out the strawberries and replace with 2 cups of blueberries.
- Mango: The same thing goes for mango, except this time you’ll want to add a bit of water to your mix as well! Start with ½ cup and add more until you have a thick, we’ll blended consistency.
- Raspberry: For raspberry popsicles, use 2 cups of raspberries. Skip the lemon juice, and add about ¼ to ½ cup of water.
I love the bright red look of fruity popsicles, so other red fruits that would work include cherries, watermelon, and red dragon fruit!
More fruity summer treats
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough popsicles in the summer! Prep early and have your must-try list ready with these tasty options. The creamsicle recipe is always a crowd favorite!
- Hibiscus Popsicles
- Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles
- Lemon Buttermilk Popsicles
- Banana Popsicles
- Creamsicle Popsicles (3 Ways)
- And for even more popsicle deliciousness, check out our book, For the Love of Popsicles!
- 2 heaping cups quartered strawberries fresh or frozen and thawed
- 2 to 4 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
- Blend: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Mold: Pour into molds, leaving a little space at the top for them to expand. Insert sticks and freeze until hard (at least 4 hours).
- Serve: Run the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them up, then remove from the mold.