I have a new obsession in my life and it is PAPAYA! If you’re also a fan of papaya, then you know the only thing that makes it even more delicious is fresh lime juice mixed in. I took this flavor pair one step further and turned it into the most delicious vegan popsicle recipe with only 7 ingredients needed. All it takes is some fresh papaya, lime juice, coconut cream, vanilla, and sugar to make these incredibly easy Vegan Papaya & Lime Popsicles!
How to Make Vegan Popsicles with Papaya, Lime, & Coconut
Making Vegan popsicles is not only easy, but it’s the perfect homemade treat to enjoy all summer long. So far I’ve made Vegan Rhubarb & Raspberry Popsicles and Vegan Cookie Cake Popsicles, but these popsicles may just be my favorite recipe yet!
Tolls & Ingredients to Make Vegan Papaya Lime Popsicles:
- Tropical fruit like papaya & fresh limes. You can also easily replace the papaya in this recipe for mango, kiwi, or any other tropical fruit that pairs well with limes!
- A good blender. This will help you puree the fruit so it’s a nice smooth consistency for popsicle making.
- A popsicle mold. This is the one I use and it works perfectly and won’t break the bank!
- I like using Wooden Popsicle Sticks, but any reusable sticks will work just as well.
- Coconut Cream. I prefer coconut cream vs. coconut milk in my popsicles as it makes them SO thick and creamy. If you only have coconut milk on hand that is definitely okay and a lot of people who made this recipe actually said it froze better. Just make sure to use full-fat coconut milk!
- Organic Powdered Sugar. This is definitely optional, but even just using a little sugar makes these popsicles taste amazing!
How to Store Homemade Popsicles
After getting your essentials together, this recipe is as easy as blending the fruit and lime juice, layering the blended fruit with layers of sweetened coconut cream, and freezing the popsicles for at least 6 hours so they hold their shape. These popsicles store amazingly in the freezer up to 2 months so they are a treat you can enjoy for many days to come!
The best way to store these popsicles is between payers on parchment paper in a closed container. This way, they don’t stick together and don’t get frost-bite.
The Health Benefits of Eating Papaya
If you’ve never had papaya, let me tell you, it is SO delicious! I am lucky enough to have access to papaya all year long living decently close to Hawaii where a lot of papaya is grown. Even so, the best time to enjoy papaya is during its peak season in Summer and Fall. Papaya has a very distinct flavor with a smooth texture similar to a mango. Here are a few fun facts about papaya & why it should definitely be a part of your diet:
- Papaya is actually great for digestion, bloating, and gut health! In addition to the fiber in papaya itself, the seeds contain the enzyme papain which helps to break down proteins. I personally love blending the seeds into my smoothie bowls for extra nutrients!
- Just one papaya has over 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C. This makes it an amazing immune boosting fruit!
- The enzyme beta-carotene is what gives papaya its orange color. It also happens to be what gives carrots their orange color. Beta carotene is great for improving eyesight and preventing future disease of the eyes.
Papaya can be eaten so many ways to reap these wonderful benefits. I love eating it in fruit salads, smoothie bowls, or even muddled into cocktails. However, my favorite way is definitely in these Vegan Papaya and Lime Popsicles!
Who needs to go out and buy popsicles when you can make these easy vegan popsicles in the comfort of your kitchen?! I know you will love these delicious Vegan Papaya and Lime Popsicles all spring and summer long!
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- 2 cups chopped fresh papaya (*it’s okay if the papaya is sticking out of the measuring cup)
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
Coconut Cream Layer
- 14 oz canned coconut cream (or coconut milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Start by adding all of the ingredients for the papaya layer to a blender including the fresh papaya, lime juice, and lime zest. Blend until smooth.
- In a mixing bowl add your coconut cream layer ingredients including coconut cream/milk, lime juice, and vanilla bean and whisk until smooth. Then, slowly add in the powdered sugar and whisk to combine.
- Begin by adding 2 Tbsp of the coconut cream layer to each popsicle mold. Then, layer with 2-3 Tbsp of the papaya layer. Finish by topping each popsicle mold with coconut cream until filled.
- Add a popsicle stick to each popsicle mold and then add the filled molds to the freezer. Let the popsicles sit at least 6-12 hours in the freezer before removing. Run the mold under warm water to help remove the popsicles and Enjoy!
Papaya can be subbed for mango in this recipe for a fun twist
If your coconut cream is not freezing, it may be the brand of coconut cream or your freezer may not be cold enough. Try full-fat coconut milk if you are facing this problem!
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