Four-ingredient lemon popsicle recipe (and that includes the water and the optional slices of lemon). This simple recipe for lemonade popsicles is the perfect refreshing treat for a hot summer day. Did you know that lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C?

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).

Lemonade popsicles with fresh slices of lemon.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: Simple syrup free, this recipe is ready in just 5-minutes.
  • Just 4 ingredients: These 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

  • 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 might sound obvious, but there is a delicious liquid variation that I share below.
  • Maple syrup is a delicious sweetener for these lemonade popsicles. Using a liquid sweetened means that it dissolves easily and thoroughly.
  • Lemon slices are a wonderful addition to these homemade lemonade popsicles. Alternatively, you could add fresh lemon zest putting a creative twist on this lemon popsicle recipe. 

*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. Alternatively, if you don’t have popsicle sticks on hand, you could scavenge around your yard for some small wooden sticks!

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).

Lemonade Popsicle Variations

  • 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.
  • Wanting a creamy popsicle? Make these with coconut milk or vegan plain greek yogurt in lieu of water.
  • Adding additional fruit to these vegan ice pops is easy to do and can add another flavor to the mix, such as fresh berries.
  • I love using maple syrup as a sweetener, but you can definitely use regular cane sugar. I would dilute it in one cup of hot 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.
Close up of lemon popsicles with fresh slices of lemon.


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. 

More Popsicle Recipes

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and remember to take a picture and tag #raepublic on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, lovely!


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Four lemon popsicles with fresh slices of lemon.

Lemon Popsicles Recipe

  • Author: Rae Aflatooni
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy, homemade lemon popsicles sweetened with maple syrup. The perfect refreshing popsicle for a hot day, and it’s refined sugar-free!


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


  1. Stir together lemon juice, maple syrup, and water.
  2. Pour into a popsicle tray and add a couple of lemon slices to each mold (optional).
  3. Freeze for at least four hours.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Freeze Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan popsicle recipe, lemonade popsicles, homemade popsicles, fruit popsicles

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  1. These are so simple and refreshing. Glad I stumbled upon this recipe!