Refreshing Lime Popsicles with Coconut
Looking for a refreshing and light dessert recipe? These lime popsicles have you covered. They’re icy, nutritious, and naturally colored with a (kind of) secret ingredient. Plus, they’re super simple to make. Let’s whip up a batch!
Why I Love This Recipe
Popsicles from the store are great, but it’s fun and surprisingly easy to make your own at home. This popsicle recipe comes together in a snap – all you need is a handful of simple and accessible ingredients, a blender, and a popsicle mold.
If you’re looking for a light snack or dessert, I think you’ll love these refreshing and icy popsicles.
Aside from tasting lovely, these pops have some nutrition benefits too! More on that in a second…
This lime popsicle recipe uses a special ingredient to add color, vitamins, and minerals – naturally.
Can you guess from the pic above? Drumroll…
If you’re thinking to yourself, “spinach has no place in my popsicles,” let me do my best to convince you. You can barely taste the spinach and it’ll make your popsicles look so much more vibrant. Still not convinced? That’s okay too – see my recipe modifications below for some tips that will help.
Aside from nutrient-dense spinach, these popsicles also have some extra protein and calcium from protein powder and yogurt.
To top things off, this refreshing dessert is also low in sugar! (Keep in mind that the sugar content of your popsicles may vary, depending on what milk and yogurt you use.)
This recipe is SO easy to prepare!
Start by blending all of your ingredients (except for your coconut garnish) in a blender until the mixture is totally smooth. The goal here is to get your spinach pieces as small as possible so they add color without any weird texture.
After your mixture is blended, carefully pour it into a popsicle mold. I love my silicone mold because it’s flexible, which helps the popsicles slide out easier after freezing.
It’s okay if you make a mess while you’re pouring! (I always do.) You can use a funnel or just wipe up any drips once the molds are filled.
Pro tip – freeze your popsicles for about an hour before inserting your popsicle sticks and adding shredded coconut. This ensures that you won’t insert the popsicle stick too far and that the coconut doesn’t sink.
When you’re ready to eat, you can coax the popsicles from the mold by running the mold under warm water for a few seconds. Gently wiggle the popsicles out and enjoy!
- Creamier version – To make these popsicles more decadent and creamy, use canned coconut milk instead of milk from a carton.
- Use different greens – No spinach? No problem. Kale works great as well.
- Make without greens – Not a fan of leafy greens? As an alternative, you can use a drop or two of green food coloring. Just keep in mind that the color will look different from what is pictured here and your mixture will have a lower volume, so you might not get as many popsicles out of it.
- Make it sweeter – Want some more sweetness in your popsicles? Add your favorite liquid sweetener (honey, simple syrup, agave, maple syrup) to taste.
- Bump up the lime flavor – If you want a real punch of lime flavor and don’t mind your popsicles being a bit more tart and bitter, add some extra lime zest and double the lime juice.
- Make without whey protein powder – I haven’t tested this recipe with any other types of protein powders (such as plant-based ones), so be aware that if you use a different protein powder, it can alter the texture of your popsicles.
- Vegan + dairy-free option – Use a dairy-free lime yogurt and omit the protein powder.
Lime Popsicles with Coconut
- popsicle molds
- 1 cup coconut milk (or any plain/vanilla milk of choice)
- 10.6 oz lime yogurt (2 individual-sized cups)
- 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I would recommend whey protein)
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut unsweetened
- Blend all ingredients (except shredded coconut) in a blender until thoroughly blended and smooth.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds (don't add sticks yet). Freeze for 1 hour, then insert popsicle sticks and add a sprinkle of shredded coconut to each popsicle. Freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- To remove popsicles from the molds, you can run warm water over the outside of the molds before gently removing them. Optional – for some extra pizazz, sprinkle a little bit of extra shredded coconut around the bottom of each popsicle and press gently to make it stick.
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.
- See recipe modifications in the post above for additional tips!
- Popsicles can be kept frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.