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3 Best Protein Popsicles To Make (+ ice cream ideas!)

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These fruity protein popsicles won’t let the summer heat get to you! They also transform the famous kid-favorite treats into healthy and protein-rich snacks.

3 Best Protein Popsicles To Make (+ ice cream ideas!) | Hurry The Food Up

I’ve always adored ice pops, but not necessarily the sugar and flavor enhancers you get with store-bought sweets.

So I thought, why not make my own popsicles with simple and clean ingredients? And if I can get some extra protein into them, it’s going to be a blast.

Let me show you the recipes that sprang from this idea!

Are protein popsicles healthy?

Yes, healthy protein popsicles with protein are the real thing!

I’ve often associated popsicles with a sugar crash, and it’s true that they can be a stage for sneaking in extra sugar and harmful additives.

However, the protein popsicles I’m about to present to you are made with wholesome ingredients and sweetened with honey which you can replace with agave or maple syrup if you like.

They’re high in protein and low in calories—a perfect healthy snack that’s even good for weight loss.
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Ingredients & substitutions

Let’s see what ingredients you need to round up for these healthy popsicles with protein:

Fruits

I find homemade popsicles with fruits are just superior! You can make them with any type of fruit but these recipes specifically call for strawberries, peaches and bananas.

Yogurt/milk

To make creamy cool treats, yogurt or milk are a must. I’m using low-fat Greek yogurt for fruity protein popsicles and milk for chocolate popsicles.

These components also add extra protein, especially Greek yogurt.

Sweetener

You can achieve the right sweetness with honey, agave or maple syrup. If you don’t have any of that, sugar can also work as a last resort.

Cacao powder

You’ll need cacao powder if you decide to make chocolate banana pops.

Additions

Other ingredients depend on your taste and specific recipe requirements. These can include toppings, like chocolate, freeze-dried fruits, sprinkles, nuts or seeds; or protein powder as an alternative choice for a boost of protein.

Equipment needed

Measuring cups/spoons

Using measuring cups and spoons is very practical when you want to get all the proportions right.
You can check out this guide to ounce/cup conversions for more insight into ingredient measurements.

Blender or food processor

You can blend ingredients easily with a blender or food processor. It’ll provide a smooth and creamy texture. I found this was the easiest way to do it.

If you don’t have this sort of equipment, you can still mash or cut up your fruits and stir everything together. But you’ll get chunks of fruits between bites.

Popsicle mold

You can use both plastic and silicone molds for your popsicles.

How to make protein popsicles

Time needed: 4 hours and 5 minutes

Protein popsicle recipes are very easy to follow as long as you have a blender or food processor and a popsicle mold.

  1. Step 1

    Place all your ingredients in a blender and combine them until smooth. Give your smoothie-like mixture a taste and adjust the sweetness.

  2. Step 2

    Pour the protein popsicle mixture into a popsicle mold and add popsicle sticks.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer your mold to a freezer and wait at least 4 hours.

  4. Step 4

    Prepare a bowl of warm water. Immerse the popsicle mold in water for 30-45 seconds. Now, it should be easy to pull your protein pops out of the mold using a stick.

I had the best experience with silicone popsicle molds but plastic ones are usually less expensive and work just fine.

The very first time I made popsicles I used plastic molds and it was a bit difficult to get them out. So I dipped the bottom in hot water and it worked like a charm.

Now that you know the general instructions, let me show you what inspired this post. Protein ice pops designed on a hot summer day in Southern Germany!

Let’s see how much protein we can get with these delicious protein popsicles!

Strawberry Popsicle

Check out the recipe here
5 from 1 vote
Protein: 5g
Calories: 48kcal
Ready in:4 hours 5 minutes

Bonus: no refined sugar and additives

Frozen popsicles with fresh strawberries are a decadent summer treat for fruit lovers. They’re very light and refreshing but also packed with 5 grams of protein per popsicle.

Peach Popsicle

Check out the recipe here
5 from 1 vote
Protein: 6g
Calories: 64kcal
Ready in:4 hours 5 minutes

Bonus: the goodness of ripe peaches

Another delicious snack made with just 3 simple ingredients and boasting 6 grams of protein. These peach popsicles taste like a summer dream to me!

Chocolate Banana Popsicle

Check out the recipe here
5 from 1 vote
Protein: 1g
Calories: 59kcal
Ready in:4 hours 5 minutes

Bonus: extra sweetness

Chocolate banana popsicles are a healthy and very kid-friendly idea. Unlike peach and strawberry popsicles, these use milk instead of low-fat Greek yogurt.

So if you like something on the sweeter side without tanginess, this chocolate protein popsicle recipe is for you.

For more chocolatey richness, you can also sway away from the popsicle theme and try this ice cream recipe with silken tofu!

Silken Tofu Vegan Ice Cream

Check out the recipe here
4.84 from 6 votes
Protein: 5g
Calories: 161kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: extra protein from tofu

Several scoops of this silken tofu vegan ice cream make a refreshing treat full of healthy ingredients. It’s cooling, sweet and perfectly creamy!

Try this recipe out right away:

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time:10 minutes
Fridge Time:8 hours
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings:4 scoops
Calories:161kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

  • 11 oz banana (ripe and frozen) (11oz = 3 bananas)
  • 9 oz silken tofu
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar (if you have a sweeter tooth add an extra tbsp)

Instructions

  • Blend ripe frozen banana (browned and spotted), silken tofu, cacao powder, vanilla extract and sugar until homogenous and creamy.
    11 oz banana, 9 oz silken tofu, 5 tbsp cacao powder, 2 tbsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp sugar
  • Immediately place in a container with a lid on and freeze overnight.
    Prepared ice cream is placed to the black container for freezing | Hurry The Food Up
  • Take out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Serve 2-3 scoops per person.
    A black container with ice cream is on a towel beside a golden spoon and two glasses | Hurry The Food Up

NOTES

Some good tips from Abril:
  • If you have the time, once the ice cream is mostly frozen take it out, put in the blender, and blend completely again. Take back to the container immediately and freeze until it’s solid again. This will result in a smoother ice cream with smaller ice crystals.
  • Use very ripe bananas (browned and spotted), otherwise you’ll have to add more processed sugar to compensate. Slice or chop them, and freeze them before making the ice cream.
  • You can serve this chilled, not frozen, like a chocolate pudding/vegan custard.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
3 Best Protein Popsicles To Make (+ ice cream ideas!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
161
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
499
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
50
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
32
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Protein popsicle toppings

If you’re feeling creative, you can adorn your fruit pops with various toppings like chopped nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and sprinkles.

Another fun thing I love doing if there’s extra time is to dip my frozen pops into some melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Just don’t hesitate with the sprinkles because chocolate sets very fast!

Change it up!

Feel free to explore other flavor combinations to find your perfect summer treat. If you don’t like strawberries or peaches, I suggest trying blueberries, kiwis or mango.

You can even blend your favorite smoothie ingredients and pour the mixture into popsicle molds.
If you’re not a fan of Greek yogurt, use any type of milk you like. Just remember that Greek yoghurt is superior in terms of protein content.

If you have some leftover fruits you can try this yoghurt ice cream. It’s super easy to make.

Leftover Fruit Yogurt Ice Cream

Check out the recipe here
5 from 1 vote
Protein: 4g
Calories: 166kcal
Ready in:4 hours 5 minutes

Bonus: very adaptable

Leftover fruit yoghurt ice cream is a fun snack you can make with any fruit you find in the fridge. Mixed berries, ripe bananas, peaches—give them a shot!

It’s also a nice way to use up some frozen fruits. If you need tips on freezing fruits properly, check out this blog post on freezing kiwi and this one about freezing pineapple.

Variations

Protein freeze pops are easy to transform to your taste and dietary needs.

If you want to make vegan or dairy-free popsicles, you can use vegan Greek yogurt or dairy-free milk as a base. I’d go for coconut milk or almond milk but you can choose any you like.

A scoop of protein powder is an alternative for an extra boost of protein. You can make whey protein popsicles or apply other types of protein powder, including vegan protein powder.

It comes in different flavors, like strawberry, vanilla, chocolate protein powder and more.

Check out this compilation of protein powder recipes to add more ideas to your culinary repertoire.

Is protein powder safe for kids?

Protein powder can be safe for kids if it’s been prescribed by a paediatrician. In certain cases, it may be a helpful supplement for children with specific dietary needs and restrictions.

Protein is an essential macronutrient for people of all ages, and protein powder can help regulate its intake.

However, it’s generally possible to get your recommended daily amounts from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds.

So random protein powder snacks and meals aren’t recommended for kids without consulting a doctor.
Check out this article for a more extensive list of vegetarian protein sources.

Storage

It’s safe to store protein pops in the freezer for 2-3 months.

I recommend removing your frozen treats from the molds and encasing each in plastic wrap or parchment paper. After this, you can slide them into a big airtight container or freezer-safe bag.

Tips and recipe FAQ

Can you freeze protein shakes to make popsicles?

Yes, you can freeze protein shakes into popsicles. It can be a creative post-workout snack.

What can I use instead of ice pop molds?

There are a few things you can use instead of ice pop molds:

Small baking molds (silicone muffin pans, brioche molds and even canele molds)

Ice cube trays (for bite-sized popsicles)

Glass cups of shot glasses (leave room at the top for freezer expansion, use tempered glass if possible)

Loaf pan (you can make a whole popsicle loaf and then cut it up into smaller pieces)

Paper or plastic cups (disposable and cheap)

Yogurt containers (plastic ones would work just like plastic popsicle molds)

After your mixture has partially frozen in these containers, you can insert popsicle sticks.

I hope you have fun making these tasty popsicles! Share your favorite one in the comments below!

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