Lemon Popsicles

These lemon popsicles are a refreshing and delicious frozen treat. They taste like lemonade in popsicle form and have just the right balance of sweetness and tartness. Serve them in the summertime or whenever you’re in the mood for something cold and lemony. They’re easy to make, budget friendly, and also happen to be vegan, paleo, and refined sugar free.

Main ingredients, tips, and substitutions

Fresh lemon juice and zest give these lemonade popsicles their bright, lemony flavor. This recipe works with other citrus too. You can substitute the fresh juice and zest of limes, grapefruits, or oranges if you prefer (but if using oranges you may want to reduce the maple syrup to taste so the end result isn’t too sweet).

A microplane zester works particularly well for removing just the yellow zest from the lemon, plus it does a good job of keeping the texture of the zest ultra fine, but any type of grater or citrus zester will work too. In a pinch you can omit the zest, but do include it if possible because it really boosts the fresh, lemony flavor of this treat.

Lemon zest on a cutting board next to a lemon and a metal citrus zester.

To get the most juice out of lemons, use the palm of your hand to firmly press the lemons against a countertop before slicing them in half and squeezing out the juice. You can either use a citrus reamer, juicer, or just squeeze out the juice by hand.

Half of a lemon on top of a metal citrus juicer.

I sweetened these popsicles with maple syrup but you can substitute honey if you prefer. Or for a lower-sugar version of these lemonade popsicles, you can reduce the maple syrup to as little as 4-6 tablespoons or to taste.

For a creamy version of these popsicles, replace 1 cup of water with coconut milk.

How to make them

These popsicles are quick and easy to prepare. Start by adding the cold water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and lemon zest to a pitcher, then stir well.

A large lucite pitcher with yellow liquid inside.

Pour that mixture into popsicle molds (this recipe makes six popsicles, so scale it up or down as needed).

A popsicle mold filled with liquid.

Add the popsicle sticks, then freeze for at least five hours before serving.

A turquoise popsicle mold with white plastic handles.

Storage

Once the popsicles are frozen solid, you can either serve them or remove them from the popsicle molds and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to one month.

Two lemon halves on a plate with three popsicles.

Optional additions

To add an extra layer of flavor to these lemon popsicles, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Or add one teaspoon of finely chopped fresh mint leaves instead.

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Three popsicles on a plate with a lemon sliced in half.
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Lemon Popsicles

These lemon popsicles have just the right balance of sweet and tart flavors. They're an easy, budget-friendly, frozen treat that also happens to be vegan, paleo, and refined sugar free. They're perfect during the summertime and taste just like lemonade in popsicle form.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Freezing time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 41kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or substitute honey)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  • Add the water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and lemon zest to a pitcher.
  • Stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, then add the popsicle sticks.
  • Freeze for a minimum of five hours before removing from the popsicle molds and serving.

Notes

  • After removing these lemon popsicles from the popsicle mold, either serve them immediately or store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 1 month.
  • For a creamy version of these popsicles, replace 1 cup of water with coconut milk.
  • For a lower sugar version of these lemonade popsicles, reduce the maple syrup to 4-6 tablespoons or to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Popsicle | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg