Sweet and tart coconut lime popsicles are made with just a few simple ingredients! It’s like a key lime pie in popsicle form! Totally creamy, and decadent, yet healthy, and low in sugar! They are a refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer day!
The summer months here in Virginia are scorching! My boys crave cool popsicles on a hot day, and we have had a lot of them! While I allow them to indulge in the store bought treats every once and awhile, we have tons of fun making our own flavors!
I frequently find my oldest pulling out our molds and developing his own homemade fruit popsicles! Sometimes we blend all the ingredients together, other times we add chunks of fresh fruit!
When we have a little extra time, we love layering flavors to create beautiful frozen fruit bars like these watermelon popsicles, and when we want something with a healthy twist we make these vegan popsicles with spinach and mango!
These lime popsicles are the perfect way to cool off and enjoy a refreshing treat! They are super creamy because the base is coconut milk!
Coconut milk lends a natural sweetness, and amps up the decadence. If you love coconut as much as I do, you’ve got to give this coconut milkshake a try too!
These homemade popsicles are a delicious treat that won’t disappoint!
Why This Recipe Works
- Tons of fresh lime flavor!
- All natural ingredients!
- A cool and refreshing frozen treat!
- Vegan Friendly
- Low in Sugar
- Tastes like Key Lime Pie!
- Tart and Sweet
Ingredients and Notes
- Full Fat Coconut Milk: When it comes to this recipe the full fat coconut milk is the way to go! If you want to make them lower in fat, you can opt for light coconut milk, but the full fat really makes these taste like a creamsicle!
- Coconut Milk Yogurt: Be sure to use unsweetened plain coconut milk yogurt. This just helps to thicken the base.
- Organic Cane Sugar: There are many different sweeteners you can opt for. I went with an organic cane sugar to make sure that the sugar was vegan friendly. I also wanted to use something that wasn’t going to alter the color of the popsicles like a coconut sugar or maple syrup that has an amber hue. However, if you don’t mind if your lime pops have a tinge of amber, go ahead and use coconut sugar or maple syrup. This entire recipe requires ⅓ cup of sugar, but you could even use ¼ cup. You don’t need too much sugar added!
- Lime Zest and Fresh Lime Juice: You can really amp up the lime flavor with these, or make it more subtle depending on your preference. I like it somewhere in between. The lemon zest really helps to add the tart lime flavor along with the juice.
- Natural Green Food Coloring (optional): Not necessary, but if you want your pops to look green, a few drops of natural food coloring will do the trick. If you’re vegan be sure to use the Watson’s Natural Food Dye, which is made using plant extracts and spices, and nothing artificial.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to the recipe card for complete measurements.
Tools and Equipment
- A mixing bowl to combine the ingredients.
- A whisk to bring it all together.
- Popsicle molds are great, but if you don’t have them you can use paper cups instead!
- Popsicle sticks are great if you are using your paper cups, or if your popsicle molds don’t have attached sticks.
In a large glass mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
Add the lime zest and the lime juice. Whisk to combine.
Note: The amount of lime zest and juice you get from your limes will depend on their size and juiciness. I taste my base and adjust the amount of zest and juice I add depending on the flavor. I usually end up adding about 2 tablespoons of lime zest, and ¼ cup of lime juice.
Add two drops of natural food coloring (optional), to give your pops a green hue. Whisk together until the coloring is fully incorporated.
Transfer the liquid to a measuring cup with a spout. Pour the liquid all the way to the top of the mold. Depending on the size of your molds you will get 4-6 popsicles.
Place the popsicle sticks in the ice pop molds (some molds have them attached), or use popsicle sticks. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
Hint: When ready to enjoy your popsicles, run the them under warm water to allow them to gently and easily release from the mold. Enjoy!
These homemade lime popsicles are made with all natural ingredients! While they may be higher in fat, due to the coconut milk, it is the healthy mono-unsaturated fat that may reduce the risk of heart disease, and even aid in weight loss! Limes are also an excellent source of numerous vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, calcium, vitamin B6, thiamine, and potassium.
If you’re opting for store bought lime pops, you’ve probably seen the brand Outshine. They are made with real fruit juice, have no artificial colors or flavoring, and are made without high fructose corn syrup. However, they are very high in sugar, with 32 grams per popsicle. They also have added preservatives. As far as popsicles go, these are not the worst, but they are also not as healthy as making your own at home.
Coconut Free: If you have someone in your family with a coconut allergy, you can use a soy milk, and soy yogurt to create a creamy texture. The lime ice pops won’t have the same coconut flavor, but soy milk is a nice and creamy alternative.
- More Coconut – If you really love coconut, add 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut flakes to your base.
- Lemon Lime – Who doesn’t love lemon lime! If you want this citrus combination of flavors, use 1 tablespoon of lime zest, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1 tablespoons of lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Lime Mint – Finely mince 1 tablespoon of mint leaves, or add ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract. If you love mint, try this easy mojito mocktail!
- Simple Syrup – Alternatively, you can make a lime simple syrup instead of using cane sugar and lime juice to achieve both the sweetness and tart flavor needed for this coconut lime popsicle recipe.
Keep the pops in the popsicle molds in the freezer. They will keep for up to 7 days in the freezer.
- Use fresh limes, not lime juice from concentrate!
- Make sure to add the zest! That’s where the abundance of tart citrus flavor comes in.
- Leave out the food coloring if you wish.
- Adjust the lime juice and lime zest according to your taste preference.
- If using popsicle sticks insert them half way into the molds. They will likely want to drift to the side, and not stay center. To avoid this, place the molds in the freezer for 1 hour, then take them out, and insert the popsicle sticks in the center. By this time they will have frozen enough, that you can still insert the stick, but the frozen consistency will help keep them in place.
- 15 oz full fat coconut milk canned
- ¼ cup plain coconut milk yogurt
- ⅓ cup organic cane sugar
- 2 tbsp lime zest about 2 limes
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes
- In a large glass mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the lime zest and the lime juice. Whisk to combine. Adjust the amount of lime zest and juice depending on how much lime flavor you like.
- Add two drops of natural food coloring (optional), to give your pops a green lime hue. Whisk together until the coloring is fully incorporated.
- Transfer the liquid to a measuring cup with a spout. Pour the liquid into the molds all the way to the top. Depending on the size of your molds you will get 4-6 popsicles.
- Place the popsicle sticks in the molds (some molds have them attached), or use popsicle sticks. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
- When ready to enjoy run the popsicle under warm water to release it from the mold. Enjoy!