Vegan Blackberry Protein Pops

These blackberry vanilla protein pops are the perfect post-workout snack or treat for a hot day. With a balance of carbs and protein, they’ll keep you more satisfied than a typical popsicle. This method can also be used to save leftover smoothies from being wasted! Did I mention these pops are vegan-friendly and include only plant-based ingredients?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post I developed for Silk. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

frozen blackberries in a bowl

Why I Love this Recipe

I don’t know about you, but anything hot or savory would not be my first choice after a workout, especially on a hot day. Something I can always stomach? A popsicle. Maybe it’s a holdover from the days where my mom would feed me grape popsicles when I was sick. It just works for me.

If you have the ingredients to make a smoothie, you can make popsicles. This was a rare recipe that worked out perfectly for me on the first try. I just guessed on the proportions, blended everything together, poured it into the mold, and hoped for the best. The result was a perfectly icy popsicle with a touch of satisfying creaminess from vanilla yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder.

The gang’s all here with this recipe! Plant-based protein from vegan protein powder, yogurt (and a bit from almond milk) + carbs from blackberries and the cane sugar in the almond milk and yogurt. (Yep, I’m telling you it’s cool to have some refined carbs during recovery!) Honestly, I’d probably have 2 of these after a tough workout. Individually, they’re a pretty light little snack you could have any time (not just after a workout!)

blackberries yogurt and almond milk

Nutrition Tidbits

These protein popsicles make the perfect post-workout snack for hot summer days.

If you find yourself with a low appetite after strenuous workouts, you’re not alone. But — even if you’re not super hungry, a post-workout snack can still be helpful.

The ideal post-workout meal should contain some easily absorbable (i.e. not super high in fiber) carbohydrate (bread, potatoes, and yes… some sweetened things ) and protein. A few simple options (other than these blackberry vanilla protein pops) that contain carbs and protein are:

  • Sweet potato and ground turkey
  • Chocolate milk
  • Protein powder with sweetened almond milk
  • Turkey wrap
  • 1 slice toast + 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt + fruit + granola
  • Quinoa egg cups

Wondering about when to eat your post-workout meal? Does it need to be within 30 minutes? 1 hour? Do you need to shove food in your face immediately after putting your dumbbells back to prevent muscle atrophy? The short answer? Not exactly.

In the 60-90 minutes after a workout, your body is in peak repair and replenishment mode, but this recovery will continue for the next 12-24 hours. With that in mind, it is definitely helpful to have a meal soon after your workout, but you can also aid your body in recovery by consuming balanced meals throughout your day.

frozen blackberry treats

Preparation Tips

I felt like making this a completely plant-based recipe, so I used non-dairy milk, yogurt, and protein powder, but it would work with just about any milk, yogurt, and protein powder you choose. I just wanted to show that you can get a ton of protein from plants alone! There seems to be a misconception that vegans and vegetarians can’t get enough protein and man… that’s wrong. Just like an omnivorous diet, vegan and vegetarian diets can be super nutritious when planned well.

I bought these molds for about $5 at TJ Maxx. Nothing fancy. (If you haven’t been to their kitchen section, do it! So many cheap little kitchen gadgets…) I can’t wait to try making more smoothie concoctions into fun popsicles while the weather is warm! I know these vegan blackberry vanilla protein pops would be the remixed into a healthy fudgesicle or maybe strawberry/banana swirl… Yum.

I’ll get back to dreaming about popsicle combos while you make these. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

pouring blended mixture into molds
blackberry vanilla protein pops in molds



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Blackberry Protein Pops

Use a leftover smoothie to make this refreshing and satisfying summer snack!
Prep Time10 minutes
Freeze Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, healthy smoothie, high-protein, plant-based, summer, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Chelsea Jackle, RDN


  • blender


  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup vanilla soy yogurt
  • ¼ cup vegan protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen blackberries


  • Blend almond milk, soy yogurt, protein powder, and 1/2 cup frozen blackberries in blender or food processor until just blended.
  • Drop two blackberries in each popsicle mold.
  • Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds. Tap out bubbles or gaps. Place sticks in molds. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  • Remove popsicles from molds and enjoy!


  • Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1mg


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