Healthy Rhubarb Popsicles For a Thirst-Quenching Dessert
Creamy rhubarb Popsicles are a healthy, frozen dessert that helps you beat the heat. They are low in sugar, dairy-free, and full of fibre and good fats. Make some in about 15 minutes, including the time it takes to cut up the rhubarb. Enjoy!
Rhubarb, the first fruit of spring, makes delicious and nutritious Popsicles. This rhubarb popsicle recipe is high in flavour and doesn’t have a lot of sugar. The tartness of the rhubarb is complemented with coconut cream which cuts the acidity of the rhubarb and improves the ice pop texture. Try these simple rhubarb Popsicles for another way to use your spring rhubarb harvest. (Are you growing rhubarb yet?)
At this time of year in zone 3, the rhubarb is giving us a harvest twice a week, with long, tender stalks that are deep red and full of healthy antioxidants. But at this time of year, I’m still trying to get the garden in. We are still having frosts in May, but the rhubarb doesn’t mind. Yet, if I wait till my garden is planted before I begin to harvest the rhubarb, I’ll miss the harvest season. It’s really that short. By the end of June, the rhubarb is ready to send its energy into its root system. The leaves are looking weak and the stalks are no longer standing at attention. They’ve lost their juiciness. They might even be lying flat on the ground by mid-June.
Many years I just put all our rhubarb in the freezer, “until I have time” to work with it. Rhubarb is super easy to freeze. You don’t even need to blanch it. Just wash it, slice it and put it in bags or containers. Freeze it. When you are ready to add it to a recipe, you don’t even have to thaw it. Use it frozen and proceed with your recipe.
This rhubarb Popsicle recipe uses fresh rhubarb stalks from the garden, in season. But if you, like me, already have several bags of frozen rhubarb in your freezer, you can use 3 1/2 cups of frozen rhubarb instead of the raw rhubarb this recipe calls for.
I wanted to make this recipe as simple as possible to encourage you to eat the rhubarb you are saving in your freezer. So I didn’t add strawberries, blueberries, lemons, or any of the other fruit that rhubarb is delightful with.
You can certainly substitute up to half of the rhubarb in this recipe for strawberries, blueberries, or any other fruit you have in abundance.
Healthy Dairy-Free Rhubarb Popsicles to Quench the Heat
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 x 3 ounce ice pops 1x
- Category: Frozen desserts
- Cuisine: American
Low sugar rhubarb Popsicles are easy to make using a 2 step process. First cook the rhubarb and then blend with coconut cream and pour into Popsicle molds. You’ll be enjoying these rhubarb ice pops in just a few hours.
- 3 1/2 cups of rhubarb, chopped – 4 to 6 stalks of rhubarb
- 1/3 cup of organic sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup of coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Wash rhubarb stalks. Remove the leaf and root ends and discard. Cut rhubarb into ¼ inch slices. Measure and add to a 1 ½ quart sauce pan. Add organic sugar and water to the saucepan. Stir.
- Simmer rhubarb over medium heat until the saucepan reaches boiling. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer until the rhubarb softens and breaks apart. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow it to cool to luke warm.
- Once the rhubarb is cool, add 2 cups of stewed rhubarb to a blender jar. Add coconut cream and vanilla. Blend for 20 seconds or until the contents of the jar are a uniform texture and color.
- Pour into popsicle molds. Insert a stick and complete the mold. Freeze for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
- To remove the Popsicles from the mold, dip the individual molds in warm water for a few seconds. Slip the popsicle from the mold. Serve.
You can substitute strawberries for half of the rhubarb in this recipe without changing the texture of the ice pops.
Keywords: Rhubarb, Ice Pops, Popsicles, Coconut Cream
You can use any Popsicle mold for this recipe. These are the molds that I used to get the traditional ice cream bar shape.
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Love the recipe, will give it a go.
Annie Baltzer says
I love this idea so much!
I have one question though. I just made these and mine did not turn out so pink & rosy like yours. Mine are more of a brown, cream-looking color. Any idea what I did wrong? The taste is nice but I’m not sure why they look so different.
Joybilee Farm says
Annie, the rhubarb variety will impact your final color. I used “Canadian Red” which has red cherry pigment right through the flesh, so my cooked rhubarb ends up quite red. If you use another variety that has more green in the stalks, you will end up with a lighter pink or even brownish color. You can improve the pink color by adding strawberries or raspberries to your rhubarb mixture, if that’s what you are after.
I thought I’d made every fruit blend Popsicle known to man…very insistent grandkids …until I saw your rhubarb! I did a double take because I’d been making steamed rhubarb, from backyard fresh, into smoothies with almost the same ingredients ( raw honey vs sugar) and it’s so delicious it will be my go to till fall! But freezing it….duh…you are brilliant! Half my fruit/ herb pops have coconut or almond milk so how I missed this one ….looking forward to having the first tomorrow, even though we’ve had very little “summer” here yet! Thanks!
Hi, these sound amazing. But could I half with bluberries or another berry as I don’t like strawberries? Thanks for sharing.
Joybilee Farm says
Definitely. Or just choose one of the other ice pop recipes.