These 4-ingredient homemade mango popsicles are refreshing, delicious, and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth on a hot summer day! This frozen dessert is best enjoyed by everyone - kids and adult alike!
Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits, so I love getting to enjoy them in popsicle form. They’re made with fresh fruit, so they taste amazing. And they have the perfect amount of sweetness – not too sweet, but not too bland either. They are the ultimate treat when you’re craving something sweet and refreshing just like these smoothie recipes.
Making your own popsicles at home is a great way to cool off with the whole family. They’re also much healthier than store-bought popsicles. Homemade means you can control the ingredients that go into them. So no unnecessary additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors.
These homemade mango popsicles are so simple to make and take just minutes! The best part is that they only require 4 ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
First up, let’s take a look at the ingredients required to make this homemade mango popsicles recipe. That way, you can plan ahead and gather everything you’ll need before getting started.
For this particular recipe, you will need 4 ingredients namely fresh ripe mangoes, brown sugar, lime juice and either water or coconut water. I love this recipe because it's flexible and you can substitute some ingredients to whatever available in your kitchen.
Fresh Ripe Mangoes. Ripe mangoes have the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess that make the best popsicles. They are also easier to blend.
Substitute: frozen mango chunks, mango puree
Brown Sugar. You can use white or brown sugar. The mango popsicles made with brown sugar have a subtle caramel flavor which tastes amazing. The white sugar popsicles have a little more of a traditional mango flavor.
Substitute: white sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar
Fresh Lime Juice. The fresh lime juice adds a citrusy zing. It is also a great way to cut down on the sweetness and make the popsicles less cloying.
Substitute: Lemon Juice
Water or coconut water. The liquid that you choose to use in this recipe will affect the texture of the mango popsicles. If you choose water, they will be slightly softer and creamier. If you choose coconut water, they will be firmer and have a slight sweetness to them.
Substitute: Combination of both, or dairy of choice (yogurt, nut milk, coconut milk)
Popsicle molds. The most basic and necessary equipment you need to make popsicles is a popsicle mold or popsicle tray. You can easily find these molds at a kitchenware or grocery store, or you can purchase them online.
Popsicle sticks. If your mold does not come with a handle, you need to buy popsicle sticks. They are cheap and you can buy them from the dollar store.
Blender. You’ll also need a blender or a food processor to blend the mango and lime juice.
Measuring cup, knife and spoon. You also need a measuring cup so you can add water to the blender. And lastly, a knife to cut the mango and a spoon or a spatula to mix everything together.
How to Make Homemade Mango Popsicles
The process of making these homemade mango popsicles is really simple. Here’s a quick overview of the steps:
First, you’ll need to wash and cut the mango into small pieces. Then, you’ll need to puree the mango along with fresh lime juice, sweetener and liquid of choice, in a blender or food processor. Finally, you’ll pour the mango mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.
Note: If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can also use small paper cups or small paper or plastic cups. You can also pour the mixture into an ice tray and create little cubes that are perfect for kids.
These tips will help you make the best mango popsicles at home.
- Use ripe mangoes. You will yield a better mango popsicles recipe if you use ripe mangoes. Ripe mangoes will have a darker and more orange colored skin.
- Buy fresh lime juice. Fresh lime juice from a lime will add a great flavor, but bottled lime juice will not. It won’t have the same fresh citrus flavor, and it will add a slightly sour taste.
- Use the water/coconut water combination. Using a combination of water and coconut water will result in a slightly firmer popsicles that has a hint of sweetness. You can use either water or coconut water alone, but they won’t be as firm as the water/coconut water combination.
- Blend the mango mixture well. Make sure to thoroughly blend the mango mixture if you don't want them to have any chunks of mango in the popsicles. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Use a popsicle mold. Using a popsicle mold is recommended because it's much easier to remove the popsicles from the molds. And you don’t have to worry about them breaking when you put them in the freezer.
You can add some extra flavor to these mango popsicles by adding some toppings and fillings. Here are some ideas.
Chocolates. Add some cocoa powder or melted chocolate.
Coconut. You can add a few tablespoons of shredded coconut.
Crumble topping. Add a few tablespoons of mango or mango and coconut crumble to the popsicles. The crumble topping imparts a sweet and crunchy texture.
Add spices. You can also add spices like cinnamon, cardamom or ginger for a twist.
Note: If adding fillings, make sure to remove all air pockets to avoid popsicles from breaking when removed from the molds.
How long to freeze mango popsicles?
Freeze them for at least 6 hours, so that they have enough time to freeze completely. If you freeze them for less time, they may not be thick enough and may not keep their popsicle shape when you remove them from the molds.
How to remove popsicles from molds?
Start by placing your molds in a sink filled with warm water for a few seconds. Next, use a butter knife or a popsicle stick to carefully pry the edges of the popsicles out of the molds.
You can also run the molds under warm water again for a few seconds and then place them in the freezer for a few minutes before trying to remove them from the molds again.
What to love about homemade mango popsicles?
Not only they are a delicious treat, but they’re also packed with nutrients. Mango is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as minerals like iron, zinc and copper.
It’s also a great source of fiber, which helps give you a feeling of fullness and aids in digestion. Mango is a great fruit to add to your diet all year round, but especially during the hot summer months when you need something light and refreshing to beat the heat.
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Homemade Mango Popsicles (Only 4 Ingredients)
- Popsicle molds
- Popsicle sticks
- 3 cups ripe mango chunks or frozen mangoes
- 1/4 cup brown sugar or white sugar or honey, same amount or to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice
- 1/2 cup coconut water or water or both
- Wash, peel and cut fresh mangoes into chunks. Combine mangoes along with the rest of the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight!