Our healthy mango popsicle recipe uses just 3 ingredients and tastes like a cleaner Outshine copycat! This carefully curated recipe combines the sweetness of ripe mangoes and a little maple syrup with the brightness of lemon juice for a guilt-free indulgence that is both delicious and nutritious.
With this easy recipe, say goodbye to store-bought popsicles laden with artificial additives and hello to our homemade delight bursting with vitamins, antioxidants, and the unmistakable flavor of real mangoes.
After comparing this healthy mango popsicle recipe to the leading store-bought healthy popsicles, we noticed a distinctive blandness and chemical flavor to the store-bought ones. This recipe is so easy and so much better that we will be making our own from now on!
This mango popsicle recipe is perfect for summer days! And if you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate, you can enjoy them year-round. For more wholesome mango recipes, check out our fan-favorite Gluten Free Mango Muffins and Mango Peach Smoothie recipes!
For more delightful summer desserts made just a bit healthier, check out our Dairy Free Gelato, Dairy Free Tiramisu, Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake, Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins, Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins, and Almond Flour Brownies.
Healthy Popsicle Ingredients
You need only 3-ingredients plus a little water to make these perfect fruity healthy popsicles!
- Mango - You will get a nice soft popsicle texture with frozen mango. If using fresh mango, I recommend cutting it into cubes and freezing it ahead of time. However, if you have a weak blender, I recommend using fresh mango cubes or partially thawed frozen mango cubes. The final popsicle texture is a little harder if using mango that is not fully frozen, but the popsicles are still delicious, enjoyable, and shareable!
- Maple Syrup - The syrupy texture helps to keep these frozen healthy popsicles soft, and maple syrup is also refined sugar free. Honey is a fine substitute here.
- Lemon Juice - We love the brightness of just a little bit of lemon juice, and it helps the popsicles taste extra special compared to eating a plain slice of mango. Lime juice works here too, or you can leave it out if you like.
See the recipe card below for full ingredients and quantities.
These are some of our favorite ways to change up this healthy mango popsicles recipe:
- Milk instead of Water: If you want a creamy mango popsicle, use any plant-based milk or regular dairy milk in place of water. Canned coconut milk with guar gum as an ingredient is an excellent choice because the guar gum will help keep your popsicle soft, like a store-bought variety!
- Coconut Water instead of water: Coconut water is an excellent source of electrolytes and is a good 1-to-1 substitution for water in this recipe. It will be a little bit sweeter in this case, but we did not feel the need to adjust the maple syrup at all.
- Lime juice instead of lemon juice: Lime and lemon juice both work great in this recipe. We slightly preferred lemon juice because it had a less distinctive taste and made the popsicle bright and cheery!
- Using Fresh Mango: You can use fresh mango and follow the same instructions, and you will find that the popsicles are a little less soft but still taste great. This is a good option if you are using a blender with a weak motor. You will get the best texture when using frozen mango. To freeze your fresh mango, cut your mango into chunks first (roughly ½ inch cubes) and spread them on a baking pan. Then place the pan in the freezer so the chunks freeze without sticking together.
Get ready to enjoy the perfect balance of flavor and wellness with our easy-to-follow recipe that will have everyone begging for seconds!
Step 1. Make the mango puree: Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth. It will be thick, and may require the use of a tamper if you have one. If your blender is a little weaker or you do not have a tamper, you may want to wait for the mango to thaw just a little before blending the mixture together.
Step 2. Fill the popsicle mold: Pour the mango chunks into a popsicle mold so that each cup is filled nearly to the top. Gently tap the bottom of the mold against the counter or table to settle the mango mixture to reduce holes or bubbles. Add popsicle sticks so that there is about 1 ½ inches free to hold. Seal your popsicle mold if needed and place in the freezer overnight.
Step 3. Remove the popsicles from the mold: If popsicles are not easily removed from the mold, run warm water along the outside until they slide out easily. Do not pull or force the popsicles out too early or you may lose your stick! Then quickly pop them in a freezer bag and allow the edges to re-solidify for the best texture.
The Best Popsicle Mold
You need only a blender and a popsicle mold to make this recipe. I enjoyed using this popsicle mold because the popsicles closely mimic store-bought brands and it comes with sticks. I was able to fool a few friends who thought they were store-bought with this shape!
Store the popsicles in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 months.
There are several variety of Mangoes and they all have a slightly different sweetness. To get the best tasting mango popsicle, taste your mango puree in step 1 before pouring it into the popsicle mold.
If it needs a little more sweetener, add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup at a time and blend until smooth. Then taste again until you get your desired sweetness!
Here we're answering a few questions we get about these delicious mango popsicles:
It's very common and not a problem if your popsicles stick to the mold. To loosen them, run warm water along the outside of the mold until they slide out easily.
There are three easy ways to keep homemade popsicles soft. The first is to use frozen blended fruit because it has a softer smoothie-like texture and is less dense than blending fresh fruit. The second is to use greek yogurt, which has a lighter texture. And the third is to incorporate full fat coconut milk with the additive guar gum. Guar gum is added to most store-bought popsicles because it is guaranteed to give you a soft popsicle texture.
Healthy popsicles usually include fruit and just a little bit of sweetener. Sometimes, they also have unsweetened yogurt. As long as the popsicles are mostly fruit and a few other wholesome ingredients, they are nearly as healthy as a piece of fruit or fruit with yogurt. Popsicles become unhealthy when there is a lot of added sugar or other additives that disrupt the natural processes in our bodies.
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Healthy Mango Popsicles
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
- ¼ cup maple syrup (60 ml)
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks (275 grams)
- ½ cup water (120 ml)
- Make the mango puree: Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth. It will be thick, and may require the use of a tamper if you have one. If your blender is a little weaker or you do not have a tamper, you may want to wait for the mango to thaw just a little before blending the mixture together. Pro Tip: Taste the puree and if needed, add a little more maple syrup and blend together. Do this until you get to your desired sweetness.
- Fill the popsicle mold: Pour the mango chunks into a popsicle mold so that each cup is filled nearly to the top. Gently tap the bottom of the mold against the counter or table to settle the mango mixture to reduce holes or bubbles. Add popsicle sticks so that there is about 2 inches free to hold. Seal your popsicle mold if needed and place in the freezer overnight.
- Remove the popsicles from the mold: If popsicles are not easily removed from the mold, run warm water along the outside until they slide out easily. Do not pull or force the popsicles out too early or you may lose your stick! Then quickly pop them in a freezer bag and allow the edges to re-solidify for the best texture.