Craving something cold, creamy, and dairy-free? Look no further than these delicious keto Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles. So easy to make, your kids could do it themselves! But you might find you don’t want to share and I don’t blame you one bit. Less than 3g carbs per serving!
My whole family is absolutely obsessed with these creamy keto Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles. And by obsessed, I mean that we’ve already made 4 batches of them and I see no reason to quit any time soon. We. Love. Them.
They are totally dairy-free and they might just be the easiest dang low carb popsicles in the world. And they were one of those recipe creations that was just a happy accident. Or perhaps I should say a happy last minute impulse.
I had some coconut cream in my fridge that was on the verge of going bad and I knew it was a use or lose it moment. I hate food waste of all kinds and I contemplated just putting it in the freezer in a jar.
But I also had some sad looking strawberries in the fridge as well. They had been lovely and fresh when I brought them home from the farmer’s market, but we’d let them sit around a little too long and they were definitely past their prime.
So into the blender went the coconut cream and the strawberries, along with a little lemon juice. The resulting mixture was so delicious and it really only needed a little powdered sweetener to make it a perfect keto treat.
I honestly wasn’t sure what my kids would think, but they liked them instantly. All three kids, which is close to a parenting miracle. They’ve become the standard afternoon snack when they return weary and hot from a day at camp.
Coconut Cream in Dairy-Free Popsicles
Coconut cream works perfectly as the base of this keto and dairy-free popsicle recipe. In another life, I might have just blended up some strawberries with lemon juice and added some sugar. But keto popsicles with erythritol in them can be really icy if they don’t have enough a creamy base to provide fat.
The coconut cream, which is really just the thick part off the top of a can of coconut milk, also allows you to use fewer berries while still getting great fresh berry flavor. And the tang of the berries with the lemon juice make any coconut flavor almost non-existent.
What is Coconut Cream?
Wondering what I am referring to when I talk about coconut cream? Don’t worry, it’s not the sugary sweet Coco Lopez stuff you may have seen on grocery store shelves!
The keto-friendly coconut cream I am referring to is just really thick coconut milk. You can simply scoop the thick white part from the top of a can of coconut milk, which is often almost solid. You can get about 1 cup of coconut cream from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk.
This does mean that you end up throwing away the rest of the milk, which does feel a little wasteful. Sometimes I keep it to add to cakes in place of almond milk or water.
And if you live in a hot climate, the thick white coconut cream may not actually be as solid as you need it to be, to scoop it out. In that case, you want to refrigerate it for a while to let the cream rise to the top of the can.
You can also purchase cans of actual coconut cream, which are more of the solid white coconut flesh and less of the coconut water. They are more expensive but then there is less waste.
I have two brands of coconut cream I really like. Let’s Do Organic Heavy Coconut Cream and Native Forest Coconut Cream. One thing I like about Native Forest is that they sell some mini cans too, so you can use those if you only need ¼ to ½ cup.
How To Make Dairy-Free Keto Popsicles
I almost feel like a tip section doesn’t need to be here. This recipe is THAT easy. But a few things to consider:
Do use the coconut cream and not thinner coconut milk. Why, you ask? Because I experimented with this a little and the ones with coconut milk froze a lot harder.
If the mixture is very thick and won’t pour easily into your popsicle molds, grab a piping bag and cut off about 1 inch of the tip, then fill that. It makes it a lot less messy to fill the molds. How thick it ends up depends on your coconut cream. I’ve had thinner batches and thicker batches.
Do use a powdered sweetener such as Swerve. It will be awfully gritty if you use a granulated one. It may also be too soft and the popsicles won’t firm up properly if you use Bocha Sweet or allulose. I recommend sticking with erythritol.
Use wooden popsicles sticks. Because the surface is rough, they stick better into the popsicles and won’t pull out when you try to un-mold your popsicles.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this. Try other berries and other flavor profiles. I think this one is infinitely adaptable.
Have fun and stay cool. The healthy sugar-free way!
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Keto Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
- Wooden popsicles sticks
- 1 ¼ cup sliced strawberries
- 1 ¼ cup coconut cream
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
- ⅓ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetener to your liking.
- Pour into popsicles molds, about 3-ounces each. Tap the molds lightly on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
- Set wooden sticks about ⅔ of the way into the popsicles. (The mixture should be thick enough for the sticks to stay in place but if it's not, freeze the popsicles for 1 hour first, then put in the sticks).
- Freeze at least 6 ot 8 hours.
- To unmold the popsicles, heat some water in a kettle and run it over the outside of the mold you want to release for 5 to 10 seconds. Gently tug the stick to remove the popsicle.
Jeanette Agnew says
Hi Carolyn bought some fresh blueberries today my last batch was strawberry and super delicious how many blueberries would I use please help im thinking 2 cups?
How did it turn out with the blueberries? Have some instead of the stawberries. Did you peel the blueberry skin?
I currently have Covid, and these are a lifesaver! My throat hurts and I spike a fever every afternoon, but I savor these and it cools me down and is soothing to my throat!
I am so sorry. Feel better soon!