Keto Popsicles: Low-Carb Treats for Summer
Looking for a fun and delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat while sticking to your low-carb lifestyle? Look no further than Low-Carb keto popsicles! These homemade popsicles are the perfect way to beat the heat while staying on track with your diet. Whether following a ketogenic or low-carb lifestyle or simply trying to reduce your sugar and carb intake, these DIY popsicles are a delicious and guilt-free option. Pass on the ice cream bars and try this frozen treat.
What is a Keto Popsicle?
They are sugar-free frozen treats ideal for those eating low-carb. Made with sugar-free sweetener, sugar-free honey, heavy cream, and fruit, you can whip them up in minutes.
If you’re eating low-carb, you might miss out on some of your favorite desserts, like ice cream or frozen treats. BUT WAIT!! That doesn’t mean you have to give up on sweets altogether! Low-carb desserts, like sugar-free popsicles, are simple to make and refreshing on a hot summer day.
There are numerous benefits to making keto popsicles homemade
- Control over ingredients and nutritional values
- Customizable flavors and combinations
- No added sugars or preservatives
- Cost-effective compared to store-bought options
- Fun and easy to make with family and friends
- Perfect for those on a low-carb or ketogenic diet
- A healthy alternative to high-sugar treats
Ingredients for Low-Carb Popsicles
Small 3 oz. Plastic cups: These cups are the perfect size for making popsicles. They’re small enough to fit in your freezer, and they make it easy to portion out your ingredients.
Popsicle sticks: They provide a handle to hold onto while you enjoy your frozen treat.
Almond milk: Almond milk has a slightly nutty flavor that complements the berries in this recipe.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds a sweet and fragrant flavor to the popsicles.
Wholesome Yum Besti Monk Fruit Sweetener W/ Allulose: A sugar-free sweetener that adds sweetness to popsicles without any of the negative effects of sugar.
Sugar-free honey: Sugar-free honey is an excellent alternative to traditional honey. It adds a touch of sweetness to the popsicles without any added sugars.
Fresh raspberries: Adds a tart and sweet flavor to the popsicles.
Fresh blueberries: Adds a sweet and slightly tangy flavor to the popsicles.
Instructions for How to Make the Best Keto-Popsicles
Step 1. Mix or blend the almond milk, vanilla, Wholesome Yum Besti Monk Fruit Sweetener W/ Allulose, and sugar-free honey.
Tip: A blender is not necessary for this recipe, but super handy. My favorite blender is a Vitamix. It is so powerful I wouldn’t be surprised if it could crush rocks. (I’m not recommending trying that.) If it is outside your budget, Ninja is also a fantastic option.
Step 2. Place some raspberries and blueberries into each cup.
Tip: You can include raspberries and blueberries or one or the other. Raspberries are not my favorite, so blueberries are for me!
Step 3. Pour the almond milk mixture into the cups, filling them almost all the way. Make sure to leave a little room for the stick to be inserted.
Tip: Try these popsicle molds if you would rather not use the small plastic cups.
Step 4. Place a popsicle stick in the center of each cup. You can use scotch tape to help temporarily hold the stick in place.
Tip: For those that have small kids that use all of the scotch tape for art projects, lol, you can use a small piece of plastic wrap.
Step 5. Chill the popsicles in the freezer overnight. I like leaving them in the freezer overnight, but if you can’t wait, check them after 4 hours and see if the texture is right.
Step 6. When ready to serve, cut the cups off the popsicles with scissors and remove the tape, if used, before serving. You can also run the cup with the ice pops cup under warm water for a few seconds to release the frozen treat.
How to Store Keto Popsicles
Store the popsicles in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. Label them with the date you made them to keep track of freshness.
Different Variations of Low-Carb Popsicles
- Creamy keto popsicles use heavy cream or coconut cream and are flavored with vanilla, cocoa powder, or fruit puree.
- Chocolate low-carb popsicles can be made with unsweetened cocoa powder and low-carb sweetener and optionally mixed with nut butter or coconut cream for extra richness.
- Coffee keto popsicles are made with cold-brew coffee, heavy cream, and a low-carb sweetener for a refreshing and energizing treat.
- Nut-based keto popsicles combine almond or coconut milk and are blended with nuts or nut butter for a creamy and protein-rich snack.
- Green keto popsicles made with spinach, kale, or other leafy greens, mixed with low-carb fruits like berries or avocado and sweetened with a low-carb sweetener for a healthy and refreshing treat.
Tips and FAQs
Can I use regular sugar instead of a sugar substitute?
Swapping regular sugar for sugar substitutes is not recommended if you eat a low-carb or ketogenic diet. If you aren’t, regular sugar and honey can be substituted in the exact amounts.
Can I substitute heavy whipping cream for almond milk?
Heavy whipping cream is a great alternative to almond milk. It is naturally low in carbs and has a high-fat content which is suitable for those on keto. Remember that heavy cream has a richer and creamier texture than almond milk. This may affect the overall texture and flavor of your popsicles. So, you may need to adjust the amount of cream you use in the keto popsicle recipe for the desired consistency and taste. Think creamy popsicles.
Can I use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit?
Absolutely. The benefit of using frozen fruit over fresh fruit can be the cheaper cost and longer shelf life.
Best Sweetener Options
There are several excellent options for homemade keto popsicles. Remember that the sugar substitutes must be in granulated form to work with this recipe.
Additional Fruit Options for Homemade Popsicles
- Strawberries and blackberries
- Unsweetened Coconut
How many net carbs are in sugar-free popsicles?
The complete nutrition information is listed at the bottom of the recipe card; However, there are 3 net carbs per serving. Changing the ingredients in the popsicles may change the net carbs.
How to Kick up the Flavor
Add lemon or lime juice to add a splash of tartness to your popsicles.
How long do popsicles last in the freezer?
These low-carb fruit popsicles can last 2-3 months in the freezer if stored in a freezer-safe container. If eaten within the first month, they are the freshest. Don’t forget to label the date to keep track of freshness.
Homemade Keto Popsicles with Berries
Cool off with these refreshing berry keto popsicles! Made with almond milk, fresh raspberries and blueberries, and a touch of sugar-free sweetness, they’re the perfect guilt-free treat for a hot summer day.
First, grab a mixing bowl and whisk together some unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, Wholesome Yum Besti Monk Fruit Sweetener W/ Allulose, and sugar-free honey until everything is well combined.
Now, it’s time to prepare our cups. Add a handful of raspberries and blueberries to each cup. Depending on your preference, you can be generous or conservative with the number of berries you add.
Next, pour the almond milk mixture into each cup, almost to the brim. Leave a bit of space at the top to allow the popsicles to expand as they freeze.
Time to add the popsicle sticks! Insert one into the center of each cup. If the sticks don’t stay in place, a tiny piece of scotch tape can help hold them upright. Make sure the tape is at the top of the stick, away from the liquid.
Pop those cups into the freezer and let them chill overnight. This will give them plenty of time to freeze solid.
When you’re ready to enjoy your berry popsicles, remove the cups from the freezer and run them under warm water for a few seconds. This will help release the popsicles from the cups.
Grab a pair of scissors and carefully cut the cups off the popsicles. If you used tape to hold the sticks in place, remove it before serving.
Now you’re ready to savor your delicious and refreshing berry popsicles! Enjoy!
Note: The carbs from the keto-friendly sweeteners in both the sugar-free honey and Besti Monkfruit with Allullose do not include the carbs as most subtract to calculate net carbs.
Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.1mg