Usually, seeing a stranger in a truck driving slowly down your street tempting children with sugary sweets is cause for serious alarm. But during summer, it’s totally acceptable. In fact, people get really excited about it. Of course, I’m talking about the ice cream man.
While your neighborhood ice cream man doesn’t likely pose an actual threat, what’s lurking inside the frozen treats he’s selling does. For example, the Red, White and Blue Turbo Rocket – you know the one – is loaded with nasty fillers, preservatives and colors. And that Spongebob Squarepants Bar kids love so much? Yes, the one with the eyeballs. One serving contains 16 grams of sugar.
Beyond the scary list of ingredients and jaw-dropping amount of sugar in each treat, most items in your ice cream man’s freezer contain milk, whey and cream – which are definitely not part of a vegan meal plan. Though the nostalgia induced by the ice cream truck’s music might send you running for the street like one of Pavlov’s dogs, you and your family are much better off making your own vegan popsicles at home.
Here are a few of our favorite vegan popsicle recipes that are easy to make and just as delicious as the real deal – only a million times healthier.
Creamy Coconut and Mixed Berry Popsicles
Author: Fork Knife Swoon
- 1-15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla bean paste or extract
- ¼ cup pure honey, divided (use agave to make it vegan)
- ¾ cup blackberries
- ¾ cup raspberries
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from Fork Knife Swoon.
Avocado Lime Popsicles
Author: Healthier Steps
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup coconut cream
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 lime, zested
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from Healthier Steps.
Lava Flow Popsicles
Author: One Lovely Life
For the pineapple swirl:
- 1½ cups pineapple
- 1 cup mangos
- ½ cup - ¾ cup coconut milk
For the strawberry swirl:
- 2 cups strawberries
- 3-4 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1 Tbsp. honey (omit or use agave to make it vegan)
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from One Lovely Life.
Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
Author: The Pretty Bee
- 3½ cups seedless watermelon cubes
- 3 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 4-5 tsp. sugar (optional, amount may vary based on your kiwi)
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from The Pretty Bee.
Mango Chia Popsicles
Author: Jelly Toast
- 3 cups mango, chopped (about 2 large mangos)
- 10 ounces coconut water
- 1 ½ Tbsp. chia seeds
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from Jelly Toast.
Almond Butter Banana Popsicles
Author: Delish Knowledge
- 4 bananas
- ¾ cup California almond butter
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened California almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from Delish Knowledge.
Mint Chocolate Popsicles
Author: The Nutty Scoop
- 4 oz coconut cream
- 1 Tbsp. cacao powder
- ¼ cup cacao nibs
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp. spirulina
- 2 tsp. mint extract
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips, vegan
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from The Nutty Scoop.
Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
Author: Wallflower Kitchen
- 1½ cups coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Click here to get the full recipe and instructions from Wallflower Kitchen.