Refined Sugar-Free Frozen Fruit Pops

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Creamsicles are a delicious treat during the summer. While store-bought ice pops are convenient and tasty, they are made with refined sugar and dairy and are not the healthiest option for dessert. Making your own ice pops free of refined sugar is easy, as you can use any liquid sweetener, such as pure maple syrup, agave or honey. Blend together fresh fruit, coconut milk and pure maple syrup for healthier summer dessert.

Make a delicious fruity treat without refined sugar.
Make a delicious fruity treat without refined sugar. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups ripe raspberries
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Step 1: Blend the Ingredients

Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Use a high-powered blender to blend your ingredients.
Use a high-powered blender to blend your ingredients. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Pour Into an Ice Pop Mold

Pour the raspberry coconut-milk mixture into 10 3-ounce ice pop molds. Leave a small amount of room at the top of each mold, as the liquid will expand while freezing.

Fill the ice pop molds almost to the top.
Fill the ice pop molds almost to the top. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Insert Sticks and Freeze

Cover and insert a stick into the center of each mold. Place the molds in the freezer and freeze for 5 hours.

When ready to eat, run the outside of the molds under hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. Pull on the sticks to release the ice pops from the molds.

Insert sticks into the centers of each mold.
Insert sticks into the centers of each mold. (Image: Julia Mueller)

How to Make Marbled Ice Pops

While blending all of the ingredients together is a quick and easy way to prepare your ice pops, you can blend ingredients separately to create a marbled effect.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups ripe raspberries
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar), divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Make marbled ice pops for a colorful variety.
Make marbled ice pops for a colorful variety. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 1: Blend the Fruit

Blend the raspberries with 3 tablespoons of the coconut milk, half of the maple syrup and half of the lemon or lime juice. Once blended, transfer the mixture to a glass bowl or liquid measuring cup and wash out the blender.

Blend the raspberries with some of the maple syrup and lemon juice.
Blend the raspberries with some of the maple syrup and lemon juice. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Blend the Milk

Blend the remaining coconut milk, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract in the blender until well mixed.

Blend the coconut milk with the remaining ingredients.
Blend the coconut milk with the remaining ingredients. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Fill the Ice Pop Molds

Alternating with the raspberry and coconut mixtures, fill the molds a tablespoon at a time.

Fill the molds by alternating raspberry and coconut mixtures.
Fill the molds by alternating raspberry and coconut mixtures. (Image: Julia Mueller)
Continue filling the molds until you have completely used both mixtures.
Continue filling the molds until you have completely used both mixtures. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Insert Sticks and Freeze

Once you've used up both the raspberry and the coconut mixtures, cover the molds and insert sticks into the centers. Place the mold in the freezer for 5 hours or until completely frozen.

To serve, run the outside of the mold under hot water for 10 to 15 seconds and then gently pull on the sticks to release the ice pops from their molds.

Fill the molds almost to the top.
Fill the molds almost to the top. (Image: Julia Mueller)
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