These Cherry Mango Popsicles are the perfect sweet treat for a hot summer day! They're made with simple ingredients and are very easy to make. These homemade popsicles feature fresh mango and fresh cherries for the ultimate flavor combination!
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- What Makes These Cherry Mango Popsicles Healthy?
- Ingredients For These Cherry Mango Popsicles:
- How To Make This Cherry Mango Popsicle Recipe:
- What You Need To Make These Cherry Mango Popsicles:
- How To Store These Mango Cherry Popsicles:
- Frequently Asked Questions:
- Related Vegan Mango Recipes:
- Cherry Mango Popsicles
- Food Safety:
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What Makes These Cherry Mango Popsicles Healthy?
If you've been on the search for the best healthy homemade popsicle recipe, you've come to the right place! These Cherry Mango Popsicles are free of unhealthy ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors. Instead, they are full of whole foods plant-based ingredients. Therefore they are packed full of health benefits! Some of the health benefits of this recipe are:
- Full of electrolytes: This popsicle recipe is perfect for summer because it is super hydrating. Coconut water is essentially nature's Gatorade. It's full of electrolytes and low in sugar/carbs. The combination of coconut water, cherries, and mango is a great alternative to traditional sugary summer treats.
- High in Vitamin C: Fruits are known for being packed full of Vitamin C, and cherries and mangos are no exception. Each of these fruits contains about 20% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
- Supports Heart Health: Both cherries and mangos are proven to support a healthy heart. Magnesium and potassium both help maintain healthy blood flow, which promotes lower blood pressure.
- Aids in Digestion: This homemade popsicle recipe uses plant-based yogurt, which is a great source of probiotics. I recommend using plant-based coconut milk-based yogurt because it's vegan, but also because it contains fiber, unlike dairy-based yogurt. Fiber is crucial for healthy digestion, and this recipe is packed full of it.
- Increases Muscle Recovery: Recent studies have shown that cherries may increase muscle recovery. The anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants may relieve muscle pain and damage. Even if you are not exercising, you're probably a lot more active in the summer. These popsicles are perfect for anyone looking to cool off and relax on a hot day.
Ingredients For These Cherry Mango Popsicles:
- Frozen Cherries - This is the only ingredient you will need to purchase already frozen. I suggest buying frozen dark sweet cherries for a couple of reasons. First, who wants to de-pit all those cherries? Second, frozen cherries are much easier to blend than fresh cherries. And lastly, frozen cherries have a sweeter taste so therefore they're great for sugar-free popsicles like these!
- FFresh Mangos - I recommend using honey mangos. You can also use regular mangos if you can't find honey mangos. However, I find that honey mangos have a much creamier texture and are not stringy like other mangos. Therefore they are much easier to use when creating mango purees.
- Vanilla Extract - Helps to prevent the ice lollies from freezing into a solid block of ice.
- Coconut Water - Make sure to choose a coconut water brand that does not contain an artificial sweetener or refined sugar.
- Plant-Based Yogurt - You can use any vegan yogurt. I went with Kite Hill almond milk yogurt for these cherry mango popsicles. Coconut yogurt is another great option, just make sure to use one that does not contain added sugar.
How To Make This Cherry Mango Popsicle Recipe:
You can make these as seen in the photos into mango cherry swirl popsicles, or you can blend all the ingredients together at once for easier preparation and single color popsicles.
If you choose to make mang and cherry layers and swirls, begin by making the mango frozen yogurt layer. I put this layer first because it's thicker and it sinks to the bottom of the popsicle mold.
Begin by slicing off the sides of the ripe fresh mango, then scoring it into cubes. Pop the cubes off into the blender with the plant-based yogurt and vanilla extract and blend until silky smooth.
Pour the mango mixture into the popsicle mold. Next, make the cherry portion. Rinse the blender and add the frozen cherries and coconut water. It helps to let the cherries thaw for a bit before blending. Blend until smooth and no fruit chunks are left.
Pour the cherry mixture on top of the mango half. Use a chopstick to achieve beautiful mango cherry swirls. Place the popsicle sticks in and cover them. Freeze for 4 hours, or overnight. When ready to eat, simply pop and enjoy!
Hint: If you're having trouble popping popsicles out of the mold use warm water or hot water to heat up the mold. This should help the popsicles pop right out.
What You Need To Make These Cherry Mango Popsicles:
These Cherry Mango Popsicles are the perfect homemade popsicle to make because they require minimal equipment to make. All you will need is
- Popsicle mold - These are the ones I use and I LOVE them. They're very easy to wash and they make beautiful fruit popsicles. They're worth the investment because making homemade popsicles is much more affordable and healthier than store-bought popsicles. They are also perfect for making ice cream popsicles like my Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles!
- Blender or Food Processor - You will need one or the other to blend together the cherry layer and the mango layer.
How To Store These Mango Cherry Popsicles:
These Cherry Mango Popsicles are a great vegan dessert because they're easy to make and easy to store!
These Cherry Mango Popsicles can be stored in either popsicle molds or an airtight container. I recommend storing them in the popsicle molds because they will be packed tightly.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Homemade popsicles are much healthier than store-bought. Store-bought popsicles contain all kinds of preservatives and stabilizers, whereas homemade ice pops don't. This is great because you can still enjoy the deliciousness of popsicles, but without all the harmful ingredients.
With that said, homemade popsicles have a much shorter shelf life. I wouldn't keep these popsicles in your freezer for longer than two weeks. The flavor and texture will begin to be affected at that point. Luckily these Cherry Mango Popsicles are so good that they probably won't make it to the end of that shelf life.
Popsicles can be a great healthy treat for weight loss if you choose the right kind. I would suggest avoiding store-bought popsicles. They typically contain lots of added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
However, if you make homemade popsicles like these Cherry Mango Popsicles they're great for weight loss. They are made with whole foods plant-based ingredients and a touch of fruit juice, so they are naturally very healthy. Popsicles are also great because they are pre-portioned thanks to the popsicle molds.
If you're anything like me and suck at portion control, this is great. You can enjoy the popsicle without overindulging. Although, I think it's impossible to overindulge in the goodness of fruit!
Frozen fruit is amazing. It allows you to have all these deliciously sweet ingredients on hand and ready to go at any moment. For the most part, I think that frozen fruit tastes just as good as fresh fruit (with the exception of frozen blueberries which I actually prefer over fresh).
However, there are some fruits that I find are simply not as good when frozen. Mangos are tricky because I've had some really good frozen mango and some really, really bad frozen mango. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend using frozen mango for this cherry mango popsicle recipe. Luckily fresh mangos are very affordable and accessible, therefore this should not be an issue.
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For The Mango Frozen Yogurt Half:
- 4 honey mangos you can use regular mangos too (I'd say use 2-3)
- 2 cups plant based yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract if making this raw vegan, use vanilla bean powder
For the Cherry Popsicle Half:
- 2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 cup coconut water
For The Mango Frozen Yogurt Half:
- Begin by preparing the mango. I slice the cheeks off, then score the sides and scoop the cubes into the blender.
- Once all the mango is in the blender, add the the yogurt and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into the popsicle molds.
For The Cherry Popsicle Half:
- Let the cherries thaw for about 10 minutes before blending.
- Add cherries and coconut water together and blend until smooth.
- Pour over the mango half and use a chopstick to create the swirls.
- Place in the freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours (overnight is best). Once frozen, serve and enjoy!
It's always important to practice good food safety in the kitchen.
- Always wash hands before and after handling food
- Cover leftovers, wrap them in airtight packaging, or seal them in storage containers
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