Today I am sharing the recipe of frozen sugar free eggless tropical fruit popsicles. Creamy, tasty nutty treat for your kids and family. This delicious dessert uses summer tropical fruits mango, pineapple and banana.
Homemade easy tropical fruit popsicles made healthy vegan, glutenfree and refined sugar free. These tropical fruit popsicles are the best healthy frozen treats. A no bake dessert recipe perfect for summer afternoon.
Almost any fruit can be frozen and blended with sweetener of choice. Making popsicles is fun way for kids and great way to experiment with new flavours.
Homemade fruit popsicles are free of high fructose and artificial flavours compared to store brought ones. Hope you people also enjoy preparing this frozen treat as much as we did.
These tropical fruit popsicles are remarkably simple to make, with a total of just six ingredients and if you drop out the fruits then this becomes the mainly three ingredients no bake dessert.
To compensate with texture, I have added almond paste. The natural sweetener I have used is liquid jaggery.
ITS SO SIMPLE TO MAKE!!!!!
Throw in all the ingredients from frozen fruits to sweetener into a blender, pour and freeze. Isn’t it simple!!
The tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and banana make the best for popsicles and smoothies.
If you are in no mood to pour it into popsicle moulds, then make this into ice cream. Pour the entire mixture into freezer friendly airtight box and freeze. Scoop it and enjoy.
I recommend making these a day before so that its easier to serve and enjoy them without waiting for long time to freeze.
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These tropical fruits popsicles were a huge hit among the kids and elders too in the family.
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- Gather your popsicle ingredients
- How to make almond paste?
- Vegan coconut milk
- Which fruits go into the popsicles
- Sweetener and alternatives
- Blending the ingredients for tropical fruit popsicles
- Freezing method
- How to demould the popsicles
- Is it necessary to freeze the fruits?
- How to make popsicles without a mould?
- Can the demoulded tropical fruit popsicles be stored?
- Tips and tricks for best creamy tropical fruit popsicles
- Getting more creative with tropical fruit popsicles!!!
- Detailed recipe to make tropical fruit popsicles
- The best easy tropical fruit popsicles
Gather your popsicle ingredients
The liberty to choose your ingredients is the fun part in popsicle making.
Here are the ingredients that I have used in making creamy tropical fruit popsicles
Almond paste (unsweetened)
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Before getting into the detailed recipe, let me talk about the base of this recipe, almond paste and coconut milk.
Almond paste and coconut milk give nutty and creamy texture to these popsicles. Let’s have an insight about almond paste and coconut milk
How to make almond paste?
I have used homemade thick coarsely ground almond paste. This gives the creamy texture to popsicles and nutty flavour like our own Indian style almond kulfi. The almond kulfi are on rotations for every summer.
Since I have used low fat coconut milk, opted for using almond paste which not only gives nutty taste but also creamy texture.
This is how I have prepared the almond paste in my kitchen.
I have used soaked deskinned almonds. Into a high-speed mixer, add these almonds, make a coarse powder of these with pulse button.
Further blended into coarse paste with a pinch of salt. I have used this paste in making creamy tropical pops. Make sure not to add any water while preparing this almond paste.
At this point if you want slightly thin almond paste, add almond milk or coconut milk and blend accordingly.
The other option is adding store brought almond butter to this popsicle mixture which is almost same as almond paste.
Vegan coconut milk
I always prefer to use homemade thick coconut milk. If you intend to prepare coconut milk at home, always extract and use thick milk.
If you want to know how to prepare coconut milk in your kitchen, then take grated fresh coconut in a blender, add half the quantity water and blend into fine paste. Sieve, extract the coconut milk and use in the popsicle making.
More the water content, it creates the icy crystals after freezing instead of being creamy.
This time around I was short of time and had to go with store brought. I totally believe with this brand of coconut milk for popsicles. This gives the best creamy texture. I have used low fat version but its thick enough to give creamy texture.
If you have a good quality coconut curd with little sourness, then adds all the drama to this popsicle making it a bit tangier.
Which fruits go into the popsicles
Any tropical fruit combination can be used. Check here if you want to know some more tropical fruits grown locally
In this recipe I have used frozen pineapple, mangoes, and banana. Always use ripe fruits for popsicles preparation. This is because they are naturally sweetened, and you require less the quantity of sweetener of preference.
Sweetener and alternatives
Always note that the amount of jaggery used in the recipe is mainly dependent on the sweetness of fruits used. I recommend using little at the beginning and can be adjusted as per taste.
We love jaggery over sugar in our desserts however if the desserts require sugar, then I vote for it.
In this part of the world, we get thick liquid jaggery.
Liquid jaggery is almost of honey or maple syrup consistency. So, I use them in my bakes and desserts.
If you do not have liquid jaggery, alternatively you can prepare this at home. Boil quarter cup of water, add 1 cup jaggery powder. Boil this until it forms a thick one string consistency syrup. Cool this mixture and use in preparing popsicles.
Always it is important to keep in mind that when popsicles freeze sweetness decreases.
So it is better to taste the mixture, make it slightly sweeter because popsicles turn less sweet after frozen.
The other best substitute for liquid jaggery is maple syrup, cane sugar, brown sugar, agave nectar.
If you are ok with non-vegan option then go with honey.
Blending the ingredients for tropical fruit popsicles
Start blending the ingredients slowly initially so that that the larger chunks of fruits come down into the blades.
As the mixture starts to blend, increase the speed and puree well into a smooth homogenous paste.
The important key point while blending to prepare popsicles is do not add water and make a thick puree. This helps in getting a creamy texture to fruit popsicles.
Freezing time depends on the thickness of fruit mixture. It usually takes 6 to 8 hours. Always freeze at lowest possible temperature to get a perfectly frozen popsicle.
Popsicles sticks can be added after 15 mins of freezing, so that the sticks stay upright.
Freezing time depends on effectiveness of your freezer. Freeze the popsicles for 8 to 10 hours. I prefer to freeze them overnight and enjoy these.
I am sure you will like peeping into the freezer every now and then. But on caution do not do that, this gives unevenly frozen popsicles.
Do check if all the pops are firm enough to demould them.
How to demould the popsicles
Let us see how to easily remove the popsicles from moulds.
Demoulding can be done in two ways:
First method is carefully holding the bottom of moulds under running tap water for 20 to 30 seconds, this should easily help you remove the popsicles.
Secondly the other alternative is briefly placing the moulds in warm water for 10 to 20 seconds. They should easily come out of moulds and enjoy them.
Make a note that, whichever method you follow to demould, make sure not to keep the moulds for long time in water. This melts the outer layers of popsicles.
Is it necessary to freeze the fruits?
During summers, when I buy a bounty of fruits which can be frozen, I usually chop them and put them in airtight freezer friendly boxes and freeze them.
I use these frozen fruits for popsicles and smoothies.
Frozen fruits give nice texture to popsicles. I have frozen the fruit pieces for 2 hours in this recipe.
If you do not have frozen fruits, you can always use fruits at room temperature but make sure not to add any water while blending.
How to make popsicles without a mould?
Good quality moulds are important to make popsicles. Do not worry if you are shortage of moulds or you do not have one. There are many ways to make popsicles.
The best option is using paper cups, use a loaf to make the popsicles. Steel cups, deep muffin trays, ice trays or teracota pots are also great option to make popsicles.
I have used locally available moulds and they have given me great results.
With all the alternatives given above for moulds, I highly recommend buying one so that it becomes easy to whip up the fruit smoothie and freeze them in the readily available moulds.
Can the demoulded tropical fruit popsicles be stored?
These popsicles are great choice for kid’s parties as well as functions. So, if plan to make them in advance. That great way to save time, then here is how you can store them.
The demoulded popsicles can be stored in freezer for 2 to 3 weeks. But still I recommend storing for one or two days, as I do not believe in storing for long time and serving them for kids. It is simple to store them.
Demould the popsicles, place them back on parchment paper into the freezer. As they are completely frozen from outside, slide them into freezer friendly airtight zip lock packs.
Tips and tricks for best creamy tropical fruit popsicles
The first important tip to remember while preparing these popsicles is avoid water completely at all stages of preparation. This completely prevents ice crystal formation.
The fruit mixture expands after freezing, so it is important not to fill entirely till top of mould.
Leave a little space in the moulds while adding the fruit mixture since the mixture expands after freezing.
Getting more creative with tropical fruit popsicles!!!
You can make frozen pop with anything in hand: fresh fruits, frozen fruits, juices, smoothies.
If you want to be more creative, then can add few chunks of fruits and almond pieces to the popsicles to get crunchy feel.
The other variation is just dipping the frozen popsicles into melted chocolate to make it chocolatey. Doesn’t this sound so delicious.
Detailed recipe to make tropical fruit popsicles
Recipe is easy to make creamy popsicles. Method involves mainly three main steps. This recipe makes 5 popsicles in total.
Preparing the fruit mixture puree
Take high speed blender, add the chopped frozen mango, pineapple and banana, almond paste and liquid jaggery.
Puree them into fine creamy smoothie without adding any water. Adjust the jaggery at this point. Taste and add additional sweetener if required.
Pour into moulds
Evenly pour the tropical fruits mixture into popsicle moulds or cups with little space at the top, as the popsicles expand a bit while freezing.
Freeze the popsicles
Insert the pop sticks into each of the moulds (I have used the ones purchased from craft store) or let them freeze for an hour and then insert the sticks carefully.
Place the popsicle moulds in the freezer with lowest possible temperature for 6 to 8 hours and freeze until they are hard to hold the shape. I usually freeze overnight.
To remove the popsicles from moulds, can be done in two ways. Dip the bottom of frozen moulds in lukewarm water for about 10 to 15 seconds or hold the bottoms of moulds outer surface under running water for 10 to 20 seconds. This is just enough for the popsicles to pop out.
The best easy tropical fruit popsicles
- Mango pieces – ¾ cup (frozen)
- Pineapple pieces – ½ cup (frozen)
- Banana pieces – ½ cup (frozen)
- Almond paste – ½ cup (unsweetened)
- Jaggery (Liquid) – ¼ cup (as per taste)
- Coconut milk – ½ cup
- Make a smooth puree of frozen tropical fruit pieces – mango, pineapple and banana along with almond paste, liquid jaggery and coconut milk.
- Make the paste without adding any water.
- Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds. Insert the pop sticks into popsicle moulds and freeze for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
- To remove the popsicles from moulds, can be done in two ways. Dip the bottom of frozen moulds in lukewarm water for about 10 to 15 seconds or hold the bottoms of moulds outer surface under running water for 10 to 20 seconds. This is just enough for the popsicles to pop out.
- Enjoy these creamy tropical fruits popsicles with your kids and family.
What’s your favorite fruit to make popsicles in summer?
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Pavithra M Adiga
I am a passionate foodie and food photographer with love to document easy, simple to follow, healthy vegetarian recipes in Dice n Cook.