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When the sun blazes, and the temperature climbs, nothing beats the revitalizing tang of a homemade lemon popsicle. This recipe is a breeze, demanding just four simple ingredients – that’s right, we’re counting the water and optional lemon slices! With its swift preparation and lip-smacking flavor, these lemonade popsicles are the ultimate answer to scorching summer days. It’s time to savor the taste of sunshine and keep cool in the most delectable way possible.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: This tasty frozen treat is sweetened with maple syrup, making it simple syrup free. This is a huge plus because making simple syrup takes about 10 minutes to make. Whereas this entire lemonade popsicles recipe takes just 5 minutes to make (not including the time needed to freeze).
  • Minimal ingredients: These three ingredients couldn’t be simpler.
  • Refreshing: Lemonade but in frozen form. Could these ice pops get any better?

Simple Ingredients For This Lemon Popsicle Recipe

The magic of these popsicles lies in the simplicity of their ingredients.

  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes these homemade popsicles all that they are. I always recommend using fresh lemon juice. However, bottled lemon juice works well if you can’t find fresh lemons or don’t have the time. 
  • Water: Water might sound obvious, but there is a delicious liquid variation that I share below.
  • Maple syrup: This liquid gold is a delicious sweetener for these lemonade popsicles. Using a sweetened liquid means that it dissolves easily and thoroughly.
  • Lemon slices: A wonderful addition to these homemade lemonade popsicles. Alternatively, you could add fresh lemon zest putting a creative twist on this lemon ice pop recipe.
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Best Popsicle Mold

In addition to the ingredients needed to make this lemonade popsicle recipe, you will also need a popsicle mold and popsicle sticks. If you don’t have ice pop molds, you could use paper cups, such as Dixie cups, or even ice cube trays. Here are my top recommendations for popsicle molds. 

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Squeeze lemons to make fresh lemon juice!
  2. Stir together lemon juice, maple syrup, and water.
  3. Pour into a popsicle tray and add a couple of lemon slices to each mold (optional). (For a fun twist, add in your favorite fresh berries.)
  4. Freeze for four hours (until frozen).
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Lemonade Popsicle Variations

  • Coconut Water: If you want your lemon ice pops to be extra hydrating, you could substitute coconut water instead of water. This will make these homemade ice pops have a coconut undertone, so if you’re going for the taste of lemonade, I wouldn’t recommend this variation.
  • Yogurt: Wanting a creamy popsicle? For creamy lemon popsicles, add coconut milk or vegan plain Greek yogurt in lieu of water.
  • Berries: Adding additional fruit to these vegan ice pops is easy to do and can add another flavor to the mix. Strawberries, blueberries, fresh raspberries, or blackberries would be my top picks! 
  • Sweetener: I love using maple syrup as a sweetener, but you can definitely use regular white sugar or cane sugar. I would dilute it in one cup of hot water or warm water for the best results. (The recipe calls for two cups of water, so in this case, do one cup hot or warm to dilute the sugar and then combine it with another cup of cold water. For sugar-free lemonade popsicles, I recommend stevia or monk fruit sugar.
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh mint tastes divine paired with the lemon flavor of these popsicles. For a more interesting combo, try some fresh basil!
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Storage Tips For Homemade Lemon Popsicles 

Keep your homemade popsicles fresh and frosty with these storage tips.

These delicious frozen treats can be kept in the freezer for at least a month. Store-bought popsicles can keep in the freezer for a longer time because they are factory sealed. That being said, there’s nothing like making your own homemade popsicles. 

To keep them fresh longer, (and avoid freezer burn), store them outside of the molds. After they are thoroughly frozen, transfer them to an air-tight freezer-safe storage container.


What can I use instead of popsicle molds?

Disposable cups of some sort, or really small food storage containers, could be used as popsicle molds. Once your ice pops are made, run the bottom and sides of the container(s) under hot water. This will help the popsicle release from the mold.

How long do homemade popsicles take to freeze?

Homemade popsicles take at least four hours to freeze. 

How long will popsicles last in the freezer?

Popsicles will last in the freezer for about six months. 

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Lemon Popsicles Recipe

Yield 10 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Easy, homemade lemon popsicles sweetened with maple syrup. The perfect refreshing popsicle for a hot day, and it’s refined sugar-free!


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • lemon slices, (optional)


  • Stir together lemon juice, maple syrup, and water.
  • Pour into a popsicle tray and add a couple of lemon slices to each mold (optional).
  • Freeze for at least four hours.


Please read through the blog post for helpful tips and tricks!


Calories: 24kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0.04g, Fat: 0.03g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 31mg, Fiber: 0.04g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.02mg

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