Creamy mango popsicles are the perfect way to cool down this summer! These healthy popsicles make a great snack for kids & toddlers, too!
Summer is in full swing, which means playing in the pool, backyard barbeques, and just chilling in the hot weather!
One of my favorite ways to cool off after a day in the sun is by eating one of these creamy mango popsicles!
They’re simple, sweet, and fruity, but also have some creaminess from the coconut milk. I love these mango pops because they’re so much healthier than storebought popsicles, and I can feel good about giving them to my toddler.
She honestly lights up whenever I say the word popsicle, and it feels like such a win when she gets excited to eat something healthy!
Now, let’s talk about these mango ice pops!
What does it taste like?
They definitely taste like the perfect blend of fresh mango and creamy coconut milk. I like to add a little maple syrup to make them sweeter, and vanilla extract for extra flavor, too!
The flavor of these mango popsicles will change depending on how ripe your mangoes are. I like to wait until the very last minute to make these when the mangoes are almost squishy because the flavor at that point is just amazing!
Mango – The main ingredient in these creamy mango popsicles. Make sure to use fresh mangoes if you can, because they have the best flavor. You can also use frozen mango chunks but they usually don’t have the sweetest taste. If you end up using frozen mango, you may need to add a little bit more maple syrup to taste, just to make them sweeter.
Coconut milk – I use full-fat coconut milk to get the creamy, coconut flavor and texture! You could also use light coconut milk, but the popsicles won’t turn out as creamy.
Vanilla extract – This is technically optional but I like to use it because of the extra flavor it adds to the mango popsicles. Make sure to use 100% pure vanilla syrup to avoid preservatives and unnecessary additives.
Maple syrup – I chose maple syrup over other sweeteners because it’s less processed, and also has a mild flavor, especially compared to honey. It’s easy to cover up that flavor while still adding some sweetness. Make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup to keep these healthy and free of overly processed sugar.
Mango – As I said above, you can use fresh or frozen mango. But, this homemade popsicle recipe will work with virtually any fresh or frozen fruit that you may have on hand. Don’t like mango? Try berries, pineapple, or peaches instead!
Coconut milk – If you don’t like the coconut flavor that comes with using coconut milk, you can also use whole milk or even yogurt instead! You could also just use 100% fruit juice, water, or even coconut water to make your mango popsicles juicier and less creamy.
Vanilla extract – You can simply leave this ingredient out, or use another extract, like orange or coconut extract. If you choose to use another extract, start with 1/2 tsp and go up from there. Some extracts can be overpowering and you may not need as much!
Maple syrup – If you don’t mind the taste of honey, then that works really well in these mango popsicles. You could also use agave or granulated sugar like coconut sugar or organic cane sugar. I like using liquid sweetener for popsicles because I don’t have to worry about getting it to dissolve before I freeze the popsicles.
How To Choose A Mango
Choosing a mango isn’t as difficult as it may seem, even for beginners! Here are some tips on choosing the perfect mangoes for your creamy mango popsicles:
- Don’t worry about color. Some mangoes are more green, and others are a yellow-red blend. The color doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to ripeness and flavor.
- Smell the mango. I know it sounds crazy, but the sweeter, more ripe mangoes smell sweet near their stems.
- Feel the mango. Gently squeeze the mango, and get a feel for how soft it is. If it’s hard as a rock, it’s not ripe and may take several days to ripen. Generally, the softer and squishier the mango is, the more ripe it is.
- Peel and slice your fresh mangoes. If using frozen mango chunks, skip this step!
- Add mango flesh, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth and no chunks of mango remain.
- Pour evenly into 6 popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks in the center of each mold, leaving about 2 inches sticking out so you can hold them easily when they’re frozen.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours if using a metal popsicle mold, and at least 6 hours if using a plastic or silicone popsicle mold. Once frozen, remove each popsicle by running them under warm water for a few seconds, then gently pulling them out of their molds.
The best way to store these mango popsicles is the remove them from their popsicle molds, and then place in a freezer-safe container or freezer-safe ziplock bag. I like to keep them in my deep freezer to make sure they stay extra cold and stay frozen longer while we eat them!
I wouldn’t recommend storing them in their molds for more than about a day, only because it may damage the popsicle mold if its left in the freezer for too long.
Tips & FAQ
Generally, it takes at least 4-6 hours to completely freeze your popsicles. Using a metal popsicle mold helps them freeze faster than if you use a plastic mold.
Most store-bought popsicles contain a lot of added sugars, juices, additives, food coloring, and other unhealthy ingredients that we just shouldn’t consume on a regular basis. I definitely prefer whole, natural foods made with healthy ingredients!
I personally love my stainless steel popsicle mold (affiliate link), which holds 6 popsicles at a time and freezes so quickly! It’s also really easy to clean, is BPA-free, and comes with 50 of the classic wooden popsicle sticks that we all love!
The best way to ripen a mango quickly is to set it near a bunch of bananas. Bananas put off a gas called ethene, which helps to break down cell walls of fruits and vegetables around it, making them ripen much more quickly!
One thing I love about these healthy mango popsicles is that they make such a great and nutritious snack for my toddler in the summer!
Because they aren’t high in carbohydrates, they don’t really cause sugar highs or toddler meltdowns later. Which is a total win for us parents!
They’re also insanely low in calories for being a creamy popsicle! These mango popsicles have quickly become one of my favorite summertime treats!
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 125 calories
- Protein: 1 gram
- Sodium: 8 mg
- Carbohydrates: 13 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
This is what I personally paid to make this recipe:
- 3 fresh mangoes: $1.74
- 1 cup canned coconut milk: $1.33
- 1 tbsp maple syrup: $0.19
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract: $0.25
Total for all 6 mango popsicles came out to be $3.51 or roughly $0.59 per popsicle!
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Creamy Mango Popsicles
- 2 ½ cups mango (about 3 fresh mangoes)
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Peel and slice your fresh mangoes. If using frozen mango chunks, skip this step!
- Add mango flesh, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and no chunks of mango remain.
- Pour evenly into 6 popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks in the center of each mold, leaving about 2 inches sticking out so you can hold them easily when they're frozen.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours if using a metal popsicle mold, 6-8 hours if using a plastic popsicle mold.
- Once frozen, remove each popsicle by running them under warm water for a few seconds, then gently pulling them out of their molds. Store in a freezer safe container or ziplock!
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Creamy mango popsicles make a healthy and sweet summertime treat on a hot day! Made with only 4 simple and healthy ingredients, you can feel good about feeding these to your family all summer long!