Let's make apple popsicles! With all healthy ingredients, these homemade popsicles are wholesome yet delicious. These creamy apple popsicles are a wonderful cold treat, they taste like apple pie with vanilla ice cream!
Why You Will Love This Recipe:
- This recipe for creamy apple popsicles is toddler and kid friendly! Meaning they like the taste and they can help make them! Just like my recipe for mango popsicles and cherry popsicle!
- These popsicles are plant-based (vegan, dairy free, no yogurt), as well as gluten-free.
- These apple ice pops aka popsicles are sweetened with maple syrup and there is no other added sugar and no fruit juice in this recipe.
- Apple popsicles are a unique and yummy way to use apples in a recipe! If you are looking for another snack recipe with apples try my banana muffins with applesauce!
- These can be enjoyed in the summer or in the fall, for dessert or a perfect afternoon snack! They taste like apple pie with ice cream!
What Ingredients You Will Need
For these tasty popsicles, you will need 7 simple wholesome ingredients. Read the details below and find the details quantities in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- A Fresh Apple: I used a yellow and red fresh gala apple (instead of canned apples or apple sauce), however, I think a pink lady, or honey crisp as well as a golden delious apple would be tasty as well!
- Cashews: This is what gives these popsicles a creamy texture, making them very much like an ice cream bar. You do need to soak the cashews for 2-3 hours, or else boil them for 10 minutes to make them soft.
- Maple Syrup: Sweetening these popsicles with maple syrup brings out awesome fall flavours!
- Almond butter: Using almond butter adds to the flavor and texture of these creamy popsicles.
- Sea salt and cinnamon: Both of these ingredients add to the boost of flavor complimenting the apple taste.
- Milk: I used almond milk (as it's dairy free), however, you could also use oat milk or if you don't need these to be dairy free you can use regular milk!
Nutritional Benefits Of Apples
Apples are super high in fiber, which supports good digestion and detoxification. It is a great anti-inflammatory food, they can stabilize blood sugar levels, and protect against radiation exposure. Key nutrients include vitamins C, B6, iron, potassium and sodium. They also contain probiotics!
Remember to wash your apple as they can contain heavy pesticides, as well, they are often waxed to last longer and look shiny before going to the grocery store. Look for organic apples to prevent this.
It's easy to make these healthy apple popsicles. Follow the step by step photos below.
Step 1: Soak the cashews for 2-3 hours in water. If you don't have time boil them for 10 minutes to soften them.
Step 2: Cut the apple into 4 equal chunks, place one apple chunk aside for later. Place all the ingredients into the blender (except one chunk of apple).
Step 3: Blend everything until smooth. Scrape down the side as needed. This may take 5-8 minutes or so.
Step 4: Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold. Sprinkle the remaining apple in little pieces on top. Gently add the popsicle sticks.
Step 5: Freeze for 5-10 hours until fully frozen! Run warm water over the base of the popsicles to remove them from the mold.
- Make sure to soak the cashews before using them so they made a creamy texture! If you don't have time to soak them, boil them for 10 minutes to make them soft.
- Let the popsicles sit out of the freezer for 5-10 minutes before eating. This makes them soft and creamier.
- Use a high power blender that can make the cashew apple mixture super smooth!
Equipment Needed for Homemade Popsicles
Blender: To make homemade apple popsicles you will need a blender. You could also use a food processor to make popsicle puree.
Popsicle mold: You will need a popsicle mold to make these creamy popsicles. I've been making popsicles for over three years with silicone molds and really like them. If you don't have a mold see the FAQ section to see what container you could use instead with wooden popsicle sticks.
Yes, apple popsicles are healthy. They use fresh fruit (good source of fiber and vitamins), cashews a good source of protein, and are sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar.
Store popsicles in an airtight bag or container in the freezer after removing them from the mold. They can be individually wrapped them in saran wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper, so they don't stick together. They will stay good in the freezer for 4 months. After 4 months the popsicle will not go bad however, they may not be as fresh and become icy.
Run hot warm over the popsicle mold for 10-20 seconds, wait a minute for the popsicle to soften, and then remove it from the mold. If it doesn't come out do the same thing again! (This is why silicone popsicle molds are the best, they just come right out!)
If you do not have a popsicle mold you can use:
- rinsed out yogurt cups
- a large ice cube tray
- Dixie cups, or small cups
- a muffin tin with silicone liners
Chose one of these containers to use. Fill with the popsicle mix, and partially freeze, then place tin foil over top and pop a popsicle stick through the tin foil to keep the stick upright.
Other No-Bake Recipes
Looking for other fun snack recipes that you don't need to bake? Try these:
- 1 fresh large apple
- 1 cup cashews soaked 2-3 hours
- 2 tablespoon almond butter
- 4 tablespoon maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- ¾ cup milk oat, almond, or cow work!
- 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
- Soften the cashews: Start by soaking the cashews in water for 2-3 hours. If you don't have time, boil the cashews in hot water for 10 minutes to make them soft.
- Prepare the apple: Cut the apple into 4 chunks and remove the core. Save one chunk for later. Add the other 3 pieces of the apple to the blender container.
- Blend: Add everything else to the blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a couple times until it's really smooth.
- Pour + freeze: Pour the blended mix into popsicle molds (I made 8 - ⅓ cup popsicles). Chop the remaining apple piece into small chunks. Sprinkle a couple apple pieces at the top of the popsicle. Gentle add the popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 5 hours, but up to 10 hours to be fully frozen.
- For best creamy texture remove the popsicles from the freezer for 10 minutes before eating.