Red White and Blue Popsicles

Red White and Blue Popsicles are a colorful, naturally sweet dessert to make for the hot months ahead. This healthy popsicle recipe is made with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and sweetened with maple syrup. They’re a refreshing treat for any patriotic gathering or a backyard barbecue! Makes 10 popsicles.

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Five patriotic popsicles on an ice-filled tray

This Red Blue and White Popsicle recipe was originally published on June 5, 2017. This post, its text, images and the recipe itself, were updated and republished in June 2021.

I kind of have a thing for popsicles because I was that kid who ate them, ice pops and ice cream all the time during the summers of my childhood.

It looks like Lady A is on the same trajectory because when I pulled out a Red White Blue Popsicle for this photoshoot, she demanded one of her own and was dismayed when I told her she had to wait until Mama was done photographing.

Recently, we’ve had lots of conversations about being polite and patient. When we told her she had to wait, do you know what she said? “I patient, Mama.”

That was completely unprompted. And my heart exploded because OMG TODDLERS CAN BE THE CUTEST THING EVERRRRRRR.

Why I love this recipe:

These popsicles are creamy without being heavy and sweet without using any added sugar.

They’re naturally colorful, thanks to fresh fruit. Nope, we’re nut adding red food coloring or blue food coloring.

Also, you can make ’em vegan by a simple swap. (Use vegan yogurt. That’s it.)

The natural sweetness of the berries paired with a little bit of maple syrup is all these popsicles need to sing.

If you ask me, they’re the perfect patriotic dessert for your Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day festivities.

They’re also fabulous all summer long because who doesn’t love a good popsicle?

Other popsicle recipes we love: Peach Julep Popsicles | Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles | Peaches and Cream Popsicles | Blackberry and Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles | Pimm’s Pops

Need dessert inspiration? Head on over to my Dessert Recipe Index for more recipe ideas.

Ingredients for homemade yogurt popsicles in bowls on marble

What you need to make healthy popsicles

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In addition to these tools, you’re going to need some ingredients, too:

  • Plain Greek yogurt—this is going to serve as our base for all the layers, including the white layer. If you want to make these popsicles vegan, use your favorite plain vegan yogurt.
  • Vanilla extract—to give a little vanilla flavor and depth to the yogurt layer and base
  • Pure maple syrup—this is our sweetener. You won’t need much, assuming your fruit is nice and sweet.
  • Fresh strawberries—these add color and sweetness to our red layer
  • Fresh blueberries—these add color and sweetness to the blue layer
Collage showing how to make the Greek yogurt layer

How to make Red White and Blue Popsicles

Make the Greek yogurt layer.

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt with vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer to the refrigerator.

Collage showing how to make the strawberry layer

Make the red layer. In the base of a blender or food processor, measure out the strawberries and pulse until pureed.

Transfer to a bowl and combine with some of the yogurt mixture, folding with a nonstick spatula until combined. Transfer to the fridge.

Collage showing how to make the blueberry layer

Make the blue layer. In the base of a blender or food processor, measure out the blueberries and pulse until pureed.

Transfer to a bowl and combine with some of the yogurt mixture, folding with a nonstick spatula until combined. Transfer to the fridge.

Layer the popsicles. Pour the red layer into the popsicle mold first, doing your best to make every popsicle have about the same amount of the mixture.

Add in a layer of white, pouring slowly so that it doesn’t sink into the red layer. Drizzle on some of the blue layer.

Collage showing how to layer colors into popsicle mold

Freeze the popsicles. Add the popsicle sticks, then transfer to the freezer.

Check on the popsicles after 2 hours to ensure the sticks haven’t risen out of the popsicles. If they have, simply push them back in and freeze overnight.

Remove from their popsicle mold and enjoy immediately!

Red White and Blue Popsicles in a popsicle mold

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

Whenever I think of summertime entertaining, I think of running around in the backyard in a bathing suit, chomping on a popsicle as my friends and I played. (I also think of No Bake Scotcheroo Cookies because those also went hand-in-hand with outdoor gatherings when I was a kid.)

If you’re hosting friends or family this summer, this homemade popsicle recipe should absolutely be a part of the gig.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years:

  • Make them in advance. Yes, these healthy popsicles require you to make them a day in advance so they’re nice and frozen for your guests. Don’t try to make them the morning of and hope/pray they’ll be ready. Making these in advance will take some stress off of you, too, so do it!
  • Make a double batch. This recipe makes 10 red white and blue popsicles, which is excellent for a gathering of two small(er) families. However, if you’ve got more people attending, you’ll need more popsicles. Double the recipe so that everyone can have one!
  • Let the kids help. My girls love being in the kitchen with me, and this is a recipe that kids can take ownership of. Just be aware that the layers of these popsicles can and will run together if they’re not poured slowly. Of course, they don’t have to be perfect, so have fun with it.
Five red white and blue popsicles on a tray of ice

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the name of the red white and blue popsicle?

The store-bought kind are sometimes known as Bomb Pops and Firecrackers. We call these homemade ones simple the Red White and Blue Popsicles or Patriotic Popsicles.

What are the best tasting popsicles?

That depends on your tastebuds! These creamy, fruity popsicles are delicious to me!

Are Popsicles healthy?

I can’t speak to the health of popsicles overall, but I can tell you that this popsicle recipe is sweetened with fresh fruit and maple syrup and is creamy, thanks to Greek yogurt.

A hand holds a Red White and Blue Popsicle

Quick tips and tricks to the best healthy popsicles

  • Make them in advance—or keep a batch in the freezer for when you think you’ll want a colorful popsicle! You can’t rush these homemade popsicles, so make it easier on yourself by planning ahead.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your tastebuds. We like the tartness of the Greek yogurt paired with the sweetness of the berries, so the amount of maple in here is good for me. However, if you want a sweeter popsicle, consider adding 1-2 more tablespoons of the maple syrup to the yogurt mixture. Give it a taste before you do this and after to confirm it’s all OK.
  • OPTIONAL: Let the layers set. We drizzle in the layers slowly, but they run together slightly because that’s how this works. If you want layers that are exact, you’re going to need to freeze the popsicles 30-45 minutes between each pour of the different layers to get straight lines. It takes more time, but the look is gorgeous!

Other homemade popsicle recipes:

Ready to make a batch of these beauties for yourself?

Here’s how you can make them:

Five red white and blue popsicles on a tray of ice
Yield: 10 popsicles

Red White and Blue Popsicles

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Red White and Blue Popsicles are a colorful, naturally sweet dessert to make for the hot months ahead. This healthy popsicle recipe is made with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and sweetened with maple syrup. Perfect for any patriotic gathering or a backyard barbecue!

Ingredients

Greek Yogurt Layer

  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

Red Layer

  • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt layer, recipe above

Blue Layer

  • 1 ½ cups blueberries
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt layer, recipe above

Instructions

Prepare the Greek Yogurt White Layer

  1. In a large glass bowl, measure out the Greek yogurt.
  2. Add the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup.
  4. Using a hand mixer, whip the yogurt mixture until light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer to the refrigerator.

Prepare the Red Layer

  1. Measure out the strawberries into the base of a blender or a food processor.
  2. Pulse until pureed, then transfer to a glass bowl.
  3. Dollop the cold yogurt mixture into the strawberry mixture, and fold together using a nonstick spatula.
  4. Once combined, transfer to the refrigerator.

Prepare the Blue Layer

  1. Measure out the blueberries into the base of a blender or a food processor.
  2. Pulse until pureed, then transfer to a glass bowl.
  3. Dollop the cold yogurt mixture into the blueberry mixture, and fold together using a nonstick spatula.
  4. Once combined, transfer to the refrigerator.

Make the Popsicles

  1. Carefully pour the red layer into the popsicle mold first, doing your best to make every popsicle have about the same amount of the mixture.
  2. Next, measure in the white layer. Pour slowly, as the layers have the potential to sink into one another and mix.
  3. Then add the blue layer on top.
  4. Add the popsicle sticks, then transfer to the freezer.
  5. Check on the popsicles after 2 hours, making sure the popsicle sticks haven’t risen out of the popsicles. If they have, push them back in, then freeze overnight.
  6. Once frozen solid, remove from the popsicle molds and enjoy immediately.

Notes

Please note that you will need to check on the popsicles once during their freezing process.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 popsicle

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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8 Comments

  1. Yay for Lady A being a clean eater! That’s basically the cutest story ever! I can’t wait to try these gorgeous popsicles – so pretty…. and yummy!

  2. LOVE the sound of these! And I’ll bet they’re marvelous with the coconut cream and maple syrup, yum!

  3. These look absolutely delicious and I love the ingredient list!
    p.s. It’s been a long time since I had a toddler around. I sure do miss it!

  4. I love making my own popsicles. So much healthier, tastier and economical. These look superb!

  5. The prettiest popsicles ever! And I would totally gobble them down without making a mess too….just sayin’ 😉

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