Dairy-free popsicles are a fun and different way to cool down in the summer months when all you want to do is lay around, eat watermelon, and drink water. Traditionally, store-bought popsicles don’t feature dairy, besides fudgesicles or creamsicles, but they do have a ton of artificial sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. Making your own popsicles is a better way to go if you’re looking for healthier frozen treats, so we’ve broken the process down for you into five simple steps. Read on and learn how simple it is!

1. Secure Materials

First, find some Popsicle molds, tiny paper cups, shot glasses, or just an ice cube tray. Finding molds specifically made for popsicles are ideal, but you don’t need to spend unnecessary money if you’re only going to make popsicles once this summer. As an alternative, you could use 3 oz paper cups. For the most environmentally friendly option, you can even just an ice cube tray and make mini pops with toothpick handles.

2. Get Your Ingredients Together

Depending on the popsicles you are making, your ingredients will be different, but you will probably need a non-dairy milk of sorts, fruit and natural flavorings like herbs, spices and powders. If you want a very healthy pop with few ingredients, for instance, these Pineapple Basil Pops simply call for pineapple and basil and some optional maple syrup, so they are completely devoid of non-dairy milk. If you want something creamy, choose these Healthy Chocolate Fudgesicles, which call for avocados, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, water, and vanilla. For something different, use rose water for these Summer Fresh Mango-Saffron Popsicles.

3. Pre-Freeze the Ingredients in a Container or Ice Cube Tray.

Freeze your individual ingredients before adding them into your blender to make ice cream. This is an optional step, but if you include it in your popsicle making, then it will make your popsicles way more smooth.

4. Blend the Frozen Cubes.

This is an extension of optional step three that doesn’t necessarily have to be followed. If you pre-freeze your popsicle mixture, then before you freeze the final product, you need to blend up the cubes to make an even-textured smoothie.

If you didn’t pre-freeze your mixture, then you should still blend up all the ingredients for smooth popsicles.

5. Re-Freeze the Mixture in a Popsicle Mold or any of the Aforementioned Alternatives. 

After making your smooth mixture either from blending or simply by mixing the ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon and then blending it, then you should put the mixture in a mold. Put the mixture in a popsicle mold, tiny cups, shot glasses, or back in an ice cube tray.

See? Five steps and that’s it — you’ve got yourself some popsicle magic. For more popsicle ideas, check out these 8 Epic Dairy-Free Popsicles to Enjoy This Summer.

Image source: Pineapple Basil Pops