These summer-inspired popsicles are the perfect indulgence on any hot day. You’ll have all the tropical feel when you enjoy a popsicle with all the hints of lime, cherry, and coconut! These dairy-free popsicles can be not only vegan, but they can be Keto as well.
Can Plant-Based Popsicles Be Keto?
It’s popsicle season, it’s been 108 degrees here many times this last couple of weeks, and who better to share with you a great treat that you can enjoy without sweating in the kitchen?
Well, me of course, the “I hate summer heat and I’m so over it” girl that looks for all the ways to stay cool!
So it’s August and not only is it scorching hot right now, but our family is currently in a season of fasting from dairy and most meat while we celebrate the season of the Dormition Fast within our Orthodox Christain faith.
So during this fast, I needed to create some snacks that would be plant-based but also give us some much-needed protein while not requiring me to stand over the hot stove.
So I got to work on trying to figure out how to make some ice cream or popsicles that we could all enjoy in the heat and this is how these beautifully colored Tropical Limeade Popsicles came to life.
I know that when it comes to plant-based treats there can be some that are really high in carbs and thus would work well for those watching your carbs.
But thankfully these popsicles fall into both the plant-based (vegan even) realm as well as easily made into a lower carb Keto Friendly treat if need be.
Since I already used a sugar alternative and a cherry extract to flavor and sweeten these frozen beauties the only swap you would need to make to have them fit into Keto nicely is to use an unsweetened almond milk instead of the oat milk option.
I’ve made them both ways and they are delicious either way. As made with unsweetened oat milk the recipe will have only 7 total carbs and 3 net carbs vs. 5 total carbs and 2 net carbs with unsweetened almond milk.
So as you can see, yes, these plant-based popsicles can totally be Keto with an easy swap in the milk used.
These are also totally friendly for any Orthodox Fasting season since they are plant-based and oil-free. So I’m thrilled to share them here with you all today.
How to Make Keto Plant-Based Popsicles
In this recipe, all you have to do is grab a few simple, healthy ingredients and mix them up together, either in a bowl with a whisk or in a blender.
For this recipe, you’ll simply need a couple of unsweetened milk alternatives, a sweetener, lime juice, and a good quality cherry extract.
Of course, you can mix and match ingredients and flavorings so we’ll explore those options a little more later in the post under the Recipe Modifications and Tips section.
Now that you know how simple the ingredients are you are all set to get started with making your Tropical Limeade Popsicles.
As we mention in the beginning of this section these are so easy to mix up. I don’t even bother dragging out my blender.
I just get a mixing bowl with a pour spout on it, add in all my ingredients, and mix with a spoon or whisk. It seriously only takes about five or ten minutes at the most.
Once you have the plant-based popsicle base mixed, it’s time to carefully pour that delicious, tropical, creamy mixture into your nifty popsicle mold.
Then the hard part of the recipe begins, waiting!
Because now, you’ll add the popsicle sticks and place the popsicle mold into the freezer to freeze the mixture until it is solid, which can take many hours. I like to do mine overnight.
How To Store Homemade Popsicles
There are a couple of ways that you can store your homemade popsicles once they have frozen completely. I’ve texted two methods that I’ll share.
The first and definitely the quickest and easy method of storing these homemade Tropical Limeade Popsicles is to leave them in your mold until you are ready to eat them.
I love my silicone popsicle mold. It is so easy to fill and much more importantly it is easy to remove the popsicles when I’m ready to indulge in one.
The silicone mold is the best I’ve used so far so I highly recommend one if you are in the market for a new set of molds.
So if you have room in your freezer, you can leave the popsicles in your mold and pull them out one by one as needed.
The silicone works well to protect the popsicles from freezer burn or extra frost build-up since it is thick. I use this method when I make popsicles but I don’t have extra time to do the next method.
The second method of storing your homemade popsicles is simply wrapping each popsicle individually in plastic wrap.
This method does take a few extra minutes of your time, but that being said it isn’t an unbearable process by any means.
Simply remove the popsicles one by one from the mold and wrap them in a good quality plastic wrap,
Next, you’ll want to place the wrapped popsicles into a gallon-size freezer bag for an added level of protection before placing them into the freezer until you are ready to enjoy them.
Both methods are effective and will work nicely for keeping the popsicles handy for your snacking enjoyment.
Recipe Tips and Modifications
- Use full-fat coconut milk to make sure you have the added creaminess that you crave in a popsicle like these.
- Make sure if you are trying to keep your popsicles low carb or keto friendly that you use only unsweetened coconut milk and almond/oak milk in this recipe. Some milk alternatives will have sugars added to them for flavor and you want to avoid that.
- Add your favorite whey protein if you aren’t keeping this dairy free. But if you want the added protein but want to keep it vegan or plant-based try using your favorite vegan protein. I recommend a plain protein mainly but you can use a vanilla if that is all you have. You just want to keep it from overpowering your tropical flavors.
- Make sure you have a good popsicle mold set that is easy to fill and that will make it easy for you to remove the popsicles when you are ready to eat them. Here’s the MOLD I use and love.
- Use high-quality all-natural fruit extracts when it comes to the Cherry. I love the one from Trim Healthy Mama Brand.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors. Don’t like cherry and lime together? No problem swap out the cherry for Pineapple or the lime for lemon juice.
- Be sure to let the popsicles freeze completely before you try to remove them from your popsicle molds.
- Keep your popsicles in an airtight storage container in the freezer. You can see the blog post section above on how to store the popsicles in the fridge for more information.
- If you are not needing to keep this sugar free feel free to use honey to your taste or your sugar of choice.
These plant-based summer treats feature some tropical flavors of lime and cherry with a tiny hint of coconut.
- 15 ounces of full fat coconut milk
- 15 ounces of almond (or oat) milk
- 1/4 cup THM Super Sweet (or erythritol/stevia mix)
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of good cherry extract
- 1-2 drops of a natural green food coloring, optional
- 1 or 2 scoops of Plant Base Protein Powder, optional
- Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
- Carefully pour the popsicle mix into your popsicle molds. Add the lid and popsicle sticks. Depending on the size of your molds this mix will make 8-10 popsicles.
- Place them in the freezer and freeze them overnight or for at least 8 hours until they are frozen completely.
Serving Size1 Popsicle
Amount Per ServingCalories 118Total Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 4gNet Carbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 2gProtein 3g
I am not a nutritionist. If you have strict dietary needs I always recommend using an online nutrition calculator to calculate your totals using your exact brands you're using in this recipe as values may vary per brand.
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