These healthy 3 ingredient lemonade popsicles are naturally sweetened with honey and so easy to make—the perfect frozen, refreshing Summer dessert.
The easiest homemade lemonade popsicles
These lemonade popsicles are my go-to in the Summer. They are the ideal refreshing and healthy treat on a hot day – along with this blueberry peach sorbet. Kids and adults will love these sweet and tangy lemonade popsicles – trust me!
The best part about this lemonade popsicle recipe is that you only need three ingredients to make them: lemons, honey, and water. There are no refined sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors.
Each popsicle only has 55 calories, making them the perfect healthy and guilt-free dessert.
As you can already tell, I am obsessed with these tangy, sweet lemonade popsicles. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about this super easy recipe.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Lemonade popsicles are tangy and sweet.
- You only need 3 ingredients.
- No refined sugars!
- 55 calories per popsicle.
- Sweetened with honey.
- No granulated white sugar in these popsicles.
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy.
- Easily make them vegan.
- Try this refreshing homemade blueberry beach sorbet next!
Lemonade popsicles call for three simple ingredients. You need lemons, honey, and water. You probably have everything in your kitchen already. Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
- Lemons: We use both fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to flavor these healthy lemonade popsicles. You’ll need about 10 lemons.
- Honey: This popsicle recipe is refined sugar-free! We naturally sweeten them with honey.
- Water: Finally, you need water to dilute the strong lemon juice and form the popsicles.
Kitchen tools required
Here is a list of kitchen utensils you will need to make lemonade popsicles.
- Popsicle Mold
- Small Saucepan
- Large Liquid Measuring Cup
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make lemonade popsicles
Lemonade popsicles are so easy to make in a few simple steps. They are refreshing, refined-sugar-free, and perfect for Summer. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level baker can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are in the recipe card’s bottom of this page.
First, add the honey and ½ cup water to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low. Simmer for 1 – 2 minutes until the honey is dissolved into water and has reduced.
Next, mix the honey water with the lemon juice, zest, and 2 ½ cups of cold water in a large liquid measuring cup (easy for pouring) or small pitcher.
After that, evenly pour into popsicle molds and add the popsicle sticks. This recipe makes about 8 to 10 popsicles.
Finally, freeze for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best. Enjoy your easy, healthy lemonade popsicles!
Lemonade popsicles recipe tips
- Dissolve the honey in warm water. This is my #1 tip for homemade lemonade popsicles. Dissolving the honey in warm water ensures that the sugar is mixed in and won’t crystalize when frozen. Honey will not dissolve in cold water!
- Use a microwave to warm the water. If you don’t want to use a pan on the stovetop, warm the water in a microwave-safe glass for 60 seconds and mix in the honey to dissolve it.
- Add lemon zest. Don’t skip the lemon zest! It adds so much flavor to these naturally flavored, 3-ingredient lemonade popsicles.
- Add berries to the popsicles. Have fun with these homemade lemonade popsicles; feel free to add a few strawberry slices, raspberries, or blueberries to the popsicle molds before pouring in the lemonade.
- Use any kind of popsicle mold. I love this mini popsicle mold, but you can use any shape or size. If you choose to use a bigger one, give the popsicles extra time to freeze.
- Make them vegan. Make these lemonade ice pops vegan by substituting the honey with white sugar or maple syrup.
How to make lemonade popsicles vegan:
Easily make these lemonade popsicles vegan by substituting honey with granulated sugar. Simply follow the exact recipe card instructions and ensure all the sugar is dissolved in the warm water before adding the lemon juice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I warm the water and honey in the microwave?
Yes! You can also warm the water in a microwave-safe glass for 60 seconds and mix in the honey to dissolve it.
Can I use bottled lemon juice?
I don’t recommend using bottled lemon juice for these lemonade popsicles. Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives these popsicles the most natural, lemony flavor. Bottle lemon juice is very concentrated and can be more bitter.
Are they healthy?
Yes, these lemonade popsicles are healthy for many reasons. First, they are refined sugar-free since we sweeten them naturally with honey. Second, they only call for 3 ingredients. Third, there are no preservatives, gums, or “natural flavors.” Fourth, they are gluten-free and dairy-free.
Can I use maple syrup instead of honey?
Yes, you can substitute the honey with maple syrup; however, the flavor will change, and these lemonade popsicles will have some maple notes.
Can I use granulated sugar instead of honey?
You can also use granulated white sugar instead of honey to sweeten these lemonade popsicles. Follow the same instructions in the recipe card below and ensure all the sugar is dissolved in the water in step 1.
What is the best way to get popsicles out of a mold?
There are two easy ways to quickly get homemade popsicles out of their mold: (1) let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, or (2) run the bottoms under lukewarm water for 30 seconds.
How to store them:
You can store these lemonade popsicles in the freezer for up to 2 months. Either keep them in the mold or store them in airtight baggies.
If you love this recipe, try these next!
- Blueberry Peach Sorbet
- Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars
- Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes
- Vodka Strawberry Lemonade
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- ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice, (about 10 lemons)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ – 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
- 3 cups cold water
- Add the honey and ½ cup water to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low. Simmer for 1 – 2 minutes until the honey is dissolved into water and has reduced.
- In a large liquid measuring cup (easy for pouring) or small pitcher, mix the honey water with the lemon juice, zest, and 2 ½ cups of cold water.
- Evenly pour into popsicle molds and add the popsicle sticks. This recipe makes about 8 to 10 popsicles.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.
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