4 Ingredient Creamy Lemon Popsicles

Cold, ultra creamy, and only 4 ingredients! These healthy lemon popsicles are ready to enjoy in a few hours. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

No lie, these taste like straight up lemon ice cream.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually had lemon ice cream before but if I had to guess– this on-point flavor, this unbelievably creamy texture, and this sweet tang would be it.

The best part of all? These creamy lemon popsicles are made with yogurt, lemons, almond milk, and honey (or agave!). That’s it, just 4 simple ingredients. So easy, the kids can make them while you sit back, put your feet up, fan yourself because it’s friggin’ HOT, and wait for a cold and creamy popsicle.

Cold, ultra creamy, and only 4 ingredients! These healthy lemon popsicles are ready to enjoy in a few hours. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So, yes! It’s the return of my minimal ingredient healthy popsicles. Previous members of the club include: 3 ingredient strawberry banana from 2014 and 3 ingredient blueberry yogurt swirl from 2015. This year, I decided it was time to unleash the FORCE of lemon. So much love for my flavor bestie. ♥

Before I get to the lemon, let’s chat about the base of these popsicles: protein-packed Greek yogurt. You can certainly use regular yogurt, but does anything come quite as close to the creamy tartness that is Greek yogurt? It’s sort of extremely crazy that popsicles can be our vehicles for protein. I mean that’s weird, right? There’s 2 and 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt in only 6 popsicles, which is just under 1/2 cup of yogurt in each pop. So that works out to about 9g of protein per popsicle. What the heck is happening. It’s a frozen dessert miracle!

We’ll use the juice and zest of 1 and 1/2 Sunkist lemons to flavor the popsicles. If there is one flavor to define summer, that flavor has got to be lemon. (Think: lemonade!) But the wonderful part is that lemons are a year-round flavor, so you can enjoy these creamy lemon popsicles even in the dead of winter. Who wouldn’t want that?!

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The lemon flavor is bright and bold, but the entire dessert tastes light and refreshing– almost like an orange creamsicle. You could certainly compliment the lemon flavor with a flavored Greek yogurt– maybe strawberry? (So many ideas racing through my head right now!) But I just went with plain Greek yogurt because I wanted the lemon flavor to be front and center. A lemon tip for you: to get the most juice from a lemon is to have it at room temperature. You can store in the refrigerator to make it last longer, but take it out a day before to extract the most juice for your popsicles. 🙂

To the yogurt and lemon mixture, add a little liquid sweetener. In the past week, I’ve tried these with both agave and honey. Both get the job done, but I like honey a little better. Its flavor pairs perfectly with the tart Greek yogurt and lemon juice. You don’t need much at all; just a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to sweeten the pops up.

Milk thins the mixture out so it’s easy to transfer to the popsicle molds. Do you own one yet? You’ve gotta get your hands on one of these things. Popsicles are so fun to make, not to mention laughably simple, and you can make them all sorts of ways with yogurts and fresh fruit puree (some suggestions in this post!). Both kids and adults love them and they’re the ultimate treat to beat that summer heat. And won’t feel like a brick in your stomach, unlike ice cream.

The popsicles will only take about 5-6 hours to freeze, so you can whip them up in the morning to be enjoyed in the afternoon or after supper. Plus, how can you not smile eating a popsicle? Especially a popsicle that took you 5 minutes to stir together. And a popsicle that’s full of sprinkles!! I’m sorry, these creamy lemon popsicles were just screaming for a rainbow.

Cold, ultra creamy, and only 4 ingredients! These healthy lemon popsicles are ready to enjoy in a few hours. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

These popsicles are chilly, refreshing, pretty darn healthy, cold & creamy like ice cream, tart ‘n’ sweet, using minimal easy ingredients, and you certainly won’t break a sweat making them. Stay cool, friends!

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4 Ingredient Creamy Lemon Popsicles

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 popsicles
  • Category: Frozen Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Beat the heat with these ice-cold 4 ingredient creamy lemon popsicles! They taste just like ice cream, but are made with lemons and Greek yogurt.


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (600g) plain Greek yogurt*
  • juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons (about 1/4 cup or 60ml)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk (I use almond milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons (45g) honey or agave
  • optional: rainbow sprinkles*

Instructions

  1. Stir all of the ingredients together. Careful stirring in the sprinkles, as they may slightly bleed their color. The mixture will be thick. Taste it. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little more agave/honey. If you want a little more lemon, add more juice or zest.
  2. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle mold. If your popsicle mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing – if not, freeze for 2 hours, then put a wooden popsicle stick in the middle (that is what I did). Continue to freeze for an additional 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove. Eat on a hot day!

Notes

  1. Yogurt: I use nonfat Greek yogurt, any fat works! If you decide to use a flavored yogurt that would pair well with the lemon flavor, you can reduce the honey or agave since the yogurt will be sweetened. Start with a couple teaspoons, then add more to your taste.
  2. Sprinkles: Be sure to use a variety of sprinkles that will not bleed into your popsicle mixture. Nonpariels (the little balls) always bleed, so steer clear of those. I used Sweetapolita’s Sprinkle Shop Pastel Dreams Medley.
  3. Here’s the popsicle mold I use!

Keywords: lemon popsicles, creamy lemon popsicles

See more gluten free recipes, more recipes with lemon, and more frozen treats like these easy 3 ingredient blueberry yogurt swirl popsicles. Also made with Greek yogurt!

3 ingredient blueberry yogurt popsicles on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Ice-cold 4 ingredient creamy lemon popsicles! They taste just like ice cream, but are made with lemons and Greek yogurt. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

48 Comments

  1. I’ve never had lemon ice cream either, because, you know, there’s always peanut butter out there somewhere. But in a popsicle, I am so down. Especially when there are sprinkles (ahem, NOT optional!) involved. Amazing!

  2. Wow, how fun and delicious! Usually I think of popsicles as kind of bland and shard-y, so you had me at “creamy” 😉 I really want to make these! I bet they’d be awesome with strawberry or coconut yogurt… 😀

  3. Sprinkles are definitely not optional 🙂 I love that these popsicles are basically like little frozen protein treats that won’t make you sad after you eat them. And I NEED those molds – I can’t find cute ones in the stores anywhere around here! I wouldn’t blame them if they bought them all up to make these popsicles though!

  4. OMG!   They look amazing can’t wait to try them.  Thank you for sharing all your great ideas and recipes with us.

  5. Hi Sally!
    Thanks soooo much for this lemon POPCICLES recipe!! I love lemon anything! I’ve been buying a lot of outshine bars…LOVE the lime ones best!!

  6. normally i find lemon ice cream to be creamy but too bland, and lemon sorbet to be zingy but a little coarse or crunchy, so this sounds like the perfect balance between great flavor and texture! also, i like to roll my lemons on the countertop a bit before i juice them; that seems to help me get more juice.

  7. Such a fun post, Sally! I’ve been hoping you’d make a popsicle recipe this summer. 🙂 It’s been popsicle-crazy over at my house!
    Love that this one tastes like lemon ice cream–my sister Monica would LOVE this!
    So yesterday, I was scooping up some dark chocolate nice cream for Erik when I spotted a tub of sprinkles out of the corner of my eye. Why not right? 😉 I’m serious, the nice cream tasted EVEN better because of the sprinkles. Lol. Thought you’d like that! I can tell you that as a reader, I’m enjoying these pops 1 million times more bc of the sprinkles. That is all. 🙂
    Happy Wednesday Sally! xo

  8. My go-to method for extracting lemon juice is to put it in some boiling water for a few minutes, but I guess I’ll have to try this!

    I am sooo craving popsicles right now, and the state fair is NOT helping! 🙂 Funnel cakes, banana pops, ice cream, you name it! 

  9. Sally, I love that you added sprinkles to these! I agree sprinkles make everything more fun – I always add some when I’m having ice cream (blueberry pie topped with vanilla ice cream and a handful of a rainbow anyone?) I’ve never made popsicles homemade before, but I picked up a popsicle mold at the dollar store the other day and I’ve been waiting to try it out. Definitely going to make one of your recipes first 🙂

    1. I know what you mean, sometimes I can’t justify ANOTHER kitchen gadget. You can make these in small dixie cups though! Stick a popsicle stick through the mixture and freeze 🙂

  10. Thank heaven for Amazon Prime! LOL I’ve done what you told me! I ordered my Popsicle mold but in green! Can’t wait to make these, what an excellent summer idea! Your pictures are beautiful!

    1. Thanks Merle and I hope you love these as much as I do! Can’t stop eating them. I swear they really do taste like ice cream!

  11. Your popsicles has made everyone go crazy in my house. Will be trying out this eye pricking popsicles today. A perfect summer treat. Thank you so much for the recipe Sally 🙂

  12. Hi Sally These look so good have you tried it with orange? I bet it would be like a creamcicle. That would take me back to my childhood

  13. These remind me of an ice cream I used to get at the Rittenhouse Farmers Market in the summer – lemon buttermilk from the Zsa’s Ice Cream booth. I bet these popsicles taste similar! (their salted caramel ice cream is also ridiculously yummy)

  14. Sally, one of the things I love about your blog is that you include links to buy the tools you use.  I went directly to Amazon via your link and bought the popsicle mold.  Made the lemon popsicles, but left out the sprinkles (I got so excited in the process, I simply forgot).  Day 2 from the freezer, tasted ok; Day 4 from the freezer, tasted awesome.  Not sure why the difference, maybe just my tastebuds.  But what a refreshing, healthy, filling snack!  No guilt.    I’ll be making blueberry popsicles next!  Thank you for all the inspiration!!

    1. Maybe the flavor developed and became stronger over the few days? Who knows. I’m glad the links are helpful. I’m so happy to promote the products I love and use day to day.

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