Fruit popsicles (ice lollies) are a healthy summer treat, the best ones contain nothing but fruit. Most conventional ice lollies are wrapped in plastic and some also contain animal ingredients. Nearly all of them contain artificial ingredients that can turn children’s tongues blue and make them hyperactive. You can just stick with fruit lollies, or add plant milks and yoghurts to make ‘milk lollies’. Once you have the basics, you can experiment to your liking.
Never sweeten lollies or sorbets with xylitol – just a amount spilled or dropped (even in muffin crumbs) can be lethal to pets. Also found in gum, muffins, chocolate and some toothpastes. Also keep lolly sticks safely away from pets and children, they are choking hazards.
Try these Summer Berry Coconut Milk lollies are from the wonderful book The Seasonal Vegan, by Welsh chef Sarah Philpott. All you do is stir a 400ml can of coconut milk with a punnet each of hulled strawberries and raspberries, add chopped mint (remove stalks), then freeze in moulds. Make with Biona Organic Coconut Milk (no monkey-harvesting)
Silicone Ice Lolly Makers
These silicone ice lolly makers, are ideal to make your own ice lollies (popsicles). Just fill with your favourite fruit juice and freeze, then pop them out. Ideal for children’s parties, silicone is a sand-based material. It does have some fossil fuels to make, but lasts for years, and is less likely to break down into microplastics, unlike conventional plastic.
You can also fill them with a mix of vegan yoghurt and berries to make your own ‘vegan milk lollies’, or even fill with mint and limes, to make ‘gin and tonic ice cubes’. After use, wash in the dishwasher or in the sink with warm soapy water, rinse and use again.
Itsy Popsicle Lolly Moulds are sold in a set of 4, to make your own healthy cool treats. Made from food-grade silicone, they are dishwasher-safe and freezer-safe.
These animal ice-lolly moulds are also made from silicone. The fun shapes are sure to encourage young children to eat some fruit. In animal and dinosaur shapes, they are made from biodegradable materials.
Homemade Popsicle Recipes
Melon & Yogurt Popsicles (Crowded Kitchen) are a delightful summertime snack. They are refreshing due to the hints of lime and mint. The type of melon you use, depends on what colour they turn out.
Watermelon Berry Popsicles (Crowded Kitchen) are perfect to cool down in hot weather. They only need 5 simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.
Creamy Berry Yoghurt Popsicles (Crowded Kitchen) are ideal for something more full of protein. The yoghurt is mixed with berry fruits (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry or cherries) or if you prefer, go for stone fruits for different colours (peaches, nectarines, apricots, mango).
Watermelon Peach Prosecco Popsicles (Crowded Kitchen) are ideal for a special occasion. The two fruits are blended with vegan prosecco and tequila for a pretty dessert or cocktail treat.
Coconut, Mango & Passion Fruit Popsicles (Addicted to Dates) are made with lots of fresh fruit, sweetened with maple syrup, and made creamy with coconut yoghurt and coconut cream. There’s a little vanilla bean paste in there too, to beautifully bring out the flavour and give nice flecks.
Mojito Popsicles (Addicted to Dates) are ideal to cool down on a summer’s evening. The lime and mint again is blended with coconut and maple syrup, this time with some decadent white rum.
Vegan Pina Colada Popsicles (Addicted to Dates) takes you to tropical paradise, with a blend of pineapple and coconut. Sweetened with maple syrup, use dark or white rum in this simple 4-ingredient recipe.
Where to Buy Vegan Ice Lollies
Lots of ice lollies are vegan, but most contain chemicals (often you’ll find hyperactive children running around the beach with blue tongues!) Far better to choose an organic brand or make your own to keep in the freezer.
- Fressy Bessie (CA) offers natural lollies, that were created by a natural baby food company. Made in Toronto, the flavours are all made with organic fruit purees like apple, mango, apple/mango/spinach and mango with Quebec blueberries.
- Lickalix (UK) are organic in compostable packaging.
- Wellnice Pops (Ireland) offers natural ice pops made from fruits and vegetables. Choose from Kale Cucumber Apple, Beetroot Sweet Potato Apple, Yellow Pepper Lemon Pineapple or Carrot Orange Ginger. With no added water, these are great for children or anyone who won’t eat their veggies!
- Good Pop (US) offers healthy pops made with organic or non-GM ingredients, all Fair Trade and responsibly sourced. Choose from fruity, chocolate or red/white/blue (Rocket-style) pops.
- Happy Pops (CA) are made in small batches in Toronto. The unique flavours include cold brew latte, grapefruit, lemon mint, lychee lemonade and guava, or buy a happy mix pack.