Vibrant, fruity, and fresh – these easy mango popsicles have it all! Just four wholesome ingredients are all it takes to make a refreshing and simple summer dessert.
Disclaimer: The photos for this recipe were developed as part of a paid partnership with NotMilk™. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Why I Love This Recipe
This recipe basically screams, “mango” and I’m here for it.
I grew up drinking mango juice every morning, so this tropical fruit has a special place in my heart. These popsicles use mango nectar and fresh mango to pack tons of fresh fruit flavor into every bite.
Adding yogurt to this recipe makes it extra smooth and creamy too.
With just four simple ingredients, you can make these refreshing and healthy popsicles at home! They’re the perfect treat for hot summer days.
These popsicles remind me of paletas, but they’re not quite paletas.
What are paletas, you ask? They’re a traditionally Mexican frozen treat that’s 10 million times better than any store-bought popsicle. They’re made with all kinds of fresh, wholesome ingredients and come in a variety of flavors, from watermelon to tamarind and every inventive variety in-between.
These popsicles may look like some paletas because they’re packed with mango, but they don’t fit the description of a paleta because they aren’t made using traditional ingredients or methods. These recipes are very distinct things!
Want to try a traditional paleta recipe? These look incredible!
Gather Your Ingredients
- fresh mango (I’ve found it’s a bit more concentrated in flavor and easier to blend than frozen mango, but frozen works fine too.)
- mango nectar (You can find this in the juice aisle, in the produce section by the bottled juices and smoothies, or in the aisle with Hispanic cuisine items.)
- milk (I used NotMilk™, but you can use whatever vanilla or unflavored milk you have on hand.)
- yogurt (Any plain, vanilla, or tropical fruit-flavored yogurt will work in this recipe, but a traditional-style, “drippy” yogurt is preferred because it blends up smooth and creamy instead of foamy.)
Blend and Pour
You’ll need a large blender for this recipe. Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend until super smooth and no chunks of mango remain.
As you can probably guess, you’ll need a popsicle mold too. You can grab these at an affordable price through Amazon or at most grocery stores. (This is the popsicle mold I have.) I like silicone molds because they’re flexible, which makes it easier to get the popsicles out when they’re ready.
Carefully pour your blended mango mixture into the popsicle mold, leaving about 1/4 inch of room, then wipe up any drips. (I always make a mess during this part.)
If you have a popsicle mold with a top that holds your popsicle sticks, you can put them in right away! If your popsicle mold doesn’t have something to hold the sticks in place, freeze for at least 1 hour before inserting the sticks.
Your popsicles will need to freeze for at least 8 hours, but I would recommend freezing them overnight. Just pop them out of the mold and enjoy all week!
- No mango nectar? You can swap out mango nectar or mango juice for another tropical juice like pineapple, or swap in non-dairy milk
- Lower-sugar version – Swap out mango nectar for a light/sugar-free juice and use unsweetened yogurt. This version won’t be as brightly colored or packed with mango flavor, but it’ll still be refreshing!
- Add protein – 1-2 scoops of vanilla protein powder can be added to this recipe to make them a bit more filling. This will affect the texture a bit, but I’ve tried this and they’re still tasty!
- Use different fruit flavors – The possibilities are endless here! Almost any combination of juice and fruit would be yummy. A few that come to mind are pineapple juice + fresh pineapple, mixed berries + berry blend juice, and kiwi + green juice.
Fresh and Flavorful Mango Popsicles
- popsicle mold
- 1½ cup fresh mango diced
- 1½ cup mango nectar
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds, leaving about ¼ inch of room in the top of each popsicle. Insert popsicle sticks. (If your popsicle mold doesn't have a lid that holds the sticks firmly in place, freeze the popsicles for 1 hour before inserting the popsicle sticks.)
- Freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight. Gently remove popsicles from the mold as needed and enjoy!
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.