Lemonade is the unofficial drink of summer, but too often, it’s sickly sweet, more like sugar water than lemonade. If you’re getting tired of lemonade with no lemon flavor, look no further for a refreshing treat than our Paleo lemon popsicles. These four ingredient frozen treats are the antidote to overly sweet lemon desserts and drinks. They are packed full of lemony flavor, with both lemon juice and lemon zest. A little bit of honey provides the perfect counterpoint to tart lemon without the sickly sweetness of sugar. Make them in the evening, when it’s not too hot to turn the stove on. Then chill them overnight and watch them disappear the next day!
What’s the Big Deal About Lemon Zest?
Zest is the outermost layer of the lemon (or any other citrus fruit). It contains fragrant oils that add a deeper citrus flavor to any dish than just the juice. When zesting a lemon, it is important to only get the bright yellow zest. Underneath the zest is the spongy white pith, which has an unpleasant bitter taste.
The best way to get the zest you want is with a microplane grater. Simple angle the microplane over a cutting board and gently slide the fruit, removing only the zest and stopping when the pith is visible. Zest will keep for up to three months in an airtight container in the freezer.
Mix It Up and Make It Your Own
Popsicles are fun because the possibilities are endless. It’s easy to mix and match, adding flavors and making new favorites. Read on for a few suggestions on how to make this recipe your own.
Replace the citrus – Switch out lemon juice and zest for whatever you have on hand. Just remember you may need to tweak the sweetness as well.
Add herbs – I love herbs in dessert. Lemon pairs well with thyme, rosemary, and lavender.
Mix up the liquid – My mom likes to make popsicles with coconut water. I like to use tea in place of water.
More Lemony Paleo Treats to Enjoy
Lemon is one of my flavors. I love to eat and cook lemon-flavored foods all year round, but summer is the perfect time for the sunny tart flavor of lemon to really shine. Here are a few of our favorite Paleo-friendly sweet treats featuring lemon.