Basil Mango Popsicles: the taste of summer in a sugar free frozen treat! These easy DIY popsicles are gluten free, paleo, Whole30-friendly, and vegan.
Nothing says "summer" quite like mango! This simple homemade mango popsicle recipe takes full advantage of summer flavor with both mango and basil blended in.
Ingredients for Basil Mango Popsicles
You won't need much for these simple DIY popsicles!
— Mango: of course you need mango for mango popsicles! You can use either fresh or frozen mango.
— Basil: Mango and basil may seem like a strange combo. But sweet, earthy mango finds a dependable friend in basil. The herb gives a little boost of complexity to these pops, and you'll find yourself the combo!
— Non-dairy milk: Use whatever "milk" your heart desire! I like using coconut milk or almond milk, since I usually have one of the two on hand. Coconut milk will add a tropical twist.
— Turmeric: I add just a bit of ground turmeric to these popsicles to give them an extra POP of color. The antioxidant boost is a plus, too!
— Mint: Adds the kind of refreshing flavor that just feels right for frozen desserts in summertime!
— Lemon juice: a squeeze of lemon juice helps preserve the color of the mango while also providing a bit of zing to the popsicles.
Can I use frozen mango for this recipe?
Sure, why not?
While I originally wrote this recipe in the height of summer with fresh mango readily available, that might not the be case for you.
You are more than welcome to use frozen mango chunks for this recipe!
Keep in mind this will probably shorten the freezing time in the popsicle molds.
How to make DIY popsicles
First, you'll need popsicle molds to make these popsicles. I picked up these inexpensive popsicle molds for this recipe, and I still use them!
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Pour into popsicle molds.
And that's it! Homemade popsicles are so stinkin' easy!
How long does it take to freeze popsicles?
Freeze homemade popsicles for at least 4 hours.
Every recipe will be a little different based on how warm your ingredients are and how much liquid is used.
For these basil mango popsicles and the other popsicle recipes I've made (like Chocolate Coffee Banana Popsicles!), I can say 4 hours seems long enough!
Can I make this without popsicle molds?
Yes, you can still make these homemade mango popsicles without a popsicle mold!
How to make popsicles without molds
You'll need popsicle sticks, plus something to hold the popsicles while they freeze. You probably already have lots of options in your kitchen:
- disposable cups
- shot glasses
- muffin tins
- mini loaf pans
- reused yogurt containers, dip containers, etc.
Just make sure whatever container you use is freezer-safe.
The easiest way to use these repurposed containers as popsicle molds is to pour the popsicle mixture inside, cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, poke a hole through the wrap or foil with a knife, and insert the popsicle stick.
The plastic wrap/aluminum foil will hold up the popsicle stick while they freeze.
If you find you enjoy making DIY popsicles, I recommend picking up some popsicle molds. They're fairly inexpensive and make the whole process a little more streamlined!
How to modify mango popsicles with basil
Something that makes homemade popsicles so fun: it's incredibly easy to create variations!
Here's a few easy ways you can change this recipe:
— Remove the turmeric. While I LOVE the pop of color from adding a bit of turmeric, it's not absolutely necessary for this recipe. Feel free to omit.
— Remove the mint. Again, I suggest leaving it in, but the real flavor winners here are basil and mango.
— Swap yogurt for the non-dairy milk. If you want thicker, creamier popsicles, use plain unsweetened yogurt or greek yogurt instead of non-dairy milk.
— Add raspberries or chopped strawberries. After blending, stir in some raspberries or chopped strawberries before pouring into your molds! The pop of color from adding another fruit to these popsicles makes for an even prettier summer treat.
More summer desserts to save
Why stop at one summer treat? Once you've made these no sugar added mango popsicles, try another popsicle recipe, dairy free ice cream, or no bake bars!
Easy mango popsicles with a flavor twist thanks to fresh basil and fresh mint! Use either fresh mango or frozen mango chunks.
- 2 cups cubed mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer almond or coconut milk)
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into six 2-ounce popsicle molds (my 2-ounce molds hold about ⅓ cup liquid each). If you have extra liquid, just drink it like a smoothie! Freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Run the molds under hot water for 10-30 seconds to release the popsicles from the molds. Enjoy!
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