Low Carb Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle Recipe
Strawberry season is just around the corner, which means the crimson fruit will be sweeter, cheaper, juicier, and easily available. You will be able to grab a bag full of them and make delicious desserts like keto strawberry lemonade popsicles. With a good recipe (hint: this one), your cold sugar-free popsicles will not only taste amazing but also be healthier. Another great thing about homemade keto strawberry lemonade popsicles is that they are easy to make and do not require any fancy ingredients. Just strawberries, lemons, sugar-free sweetener and a pinch of salt!
The pop of color exudes a vivifying feel, which is much-needed on any hot, summer day. Sugar-free, this keto frozen dessert is also appropriate for people with diabetes too!
Are Lemons Keto Friendly?
Yes, ketos are keto! Generally composed of about 0.5g carbs and 0.2g sugar, lemons are completely keto-friendly. They also are a source for 3.7mg Vitamin C, 6.2% of the RDA. The sour lemon water contains antioxidants that promote healthy digestion and even fight free radicals.
To put it simply, adding a spritz of lemon juice to sugar-free strawberry lemonade popsicles still keep their keto-character intact.
Should I Use Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice or Concentrated?
If you are making these keto strawberry lemonade pops you can use fresh squeezed lemon juice or concentrated lemon juice. If you are after that homemade summertime lemonade flavor, you will want to reach for freshly squeezed lemon juice; however, I have used concentrated lemon juice and it works just as well for making sugar-free lemonade popsicles.
Can I Have Strawberries on the Keto Diet?
You can have strawberries on the keto diet, but in moderation. One cup, or 152 grams of this delicious fruit contains 12g of carbs. Therefore, as long as you are diligent with the net carb consumption, fitting some strawberries in your keto diet will be a breeze. And these tasty popsicles are so good, it’s worth it to fit the carbs from the sugar-free popsicles into your macros.
Tips for Making Sugar-Free Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
These keto popsicles main draw might be that they are healthier than most, but let’s be real, keto or not, taste and presentation matters. Mentioned below are common, but extremely useful, tips on how to make perfect keto strawberry lemonade popsicles with delicate color and delicious taste.
Find the Right Mold
The mold that I typically use is this popsicle mold. It comes with some popsicle sticks but you may have to purchase more if you run out.
If you don’t have a popsicle maker, do not sweat it. Just use dixie cups for your easy keto dessert creations.
Fix the Sticks Sturdily
The last thing you want is a damper on your pop-plans because a wooden stick tipped over. To ensure it does not happen, use tin foil or press and seal to cover the top of the mold. First, cut small holes in it and then add the wooden popsicle sticks in it. You can also wait for the popsicle to get all slushy and then insert sticks.
Soak the Sticks
Give the sticks more strength by soaking them in water for about 30 minutes first. It would make them flexible and prevent them from tipping over when you pull the keto strawberry lemonade popsicles out of the mold.
More Water for More Ease
Make perfect keto popsicles by running the bottom of the mold under tepid water. Do it for around 20 seconds and make sure that the warm water reaches all of the cavities. If needed, keep the water running for 10 more seconds.
Pack into the Freezer
When you remove the low carb strawberry lemonade popsicles, cover each of them in a plastic wrap or use press and seal. Once done, place them in a freezer bag and pop them out whenever you feel like enjoying the cool keto dessert!
How to Store Homemade Popsicles?
The best way to store popsicles is in an airtight container or, as mentioned above, in a freezer bag. You can wrap each one individually to avoid any sticky situation. Storing them separately will also keep them fresh for a week or two. Plus, you will get to experience the special feel of unwrapping them one by one. My boys love this!
Sugar Free Sweeteners for Keto Popsicles
Among the best keto-friendly sugar-free sweeteners is the Confectioners Swerve. It comes in powdered form and contains erythritol as its main sweetening ingredient. Being powdery, the sweetener dissolves quickly and easily in cold water. Despite being keto sugar-free, a cup of Swerve can feel a little sweeter than a cup of regular sugar. So, measure it accordingly to adjust erythritol to your preferred sweetness level.
Other sugar-free sweeteners that you can use to make these popsicles are liquid stevia, and powdered monk fruit, possible by Lakanto. They are twice as sweet as the normal sugar, so add as little as ¼ cup to the popsicle.
Other Keto Lemon Recipes to Try
There’s nothing like a cold popsicle on a hot summer day especially if it’s lemon. If you are a lemon lover like I am, try these other sugar-free lemon recipes: