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Paleo Lemon Popsicles Recipe

Louise | July 10
Paleo Lemon Popsicles Recipe #paleo

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. 

If you’re looking for a savory lemon fix instead, we’ve got you covered. Check out this Paleo Lemon Asparagus Saute with Bacon or Paleo Lemon Fried Avocado!

Paleo Lemon Popsicles Recipe #paleo
Paleo Lemon Popsicles Recipe #paleo

Paleo Lemon Popsicles Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


A batch of these refreshing popsicle won’t last very long in your freezer.


  • 2 cups (480 ml) of filtered water 
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons (38 ml) of honey


  1. Pour the water into a pan along with the lemon zest and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately remove the pan from the heat. 
  2. Add the honey to the pan and stir well to combine. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool completely.
  3. Once cooled, pour an equal amount of the lemon mixture into 6 popsicle molds (approx. 3.5oz / 100 ml capacity each) and place in the freezer until completely frozen.
  4. Store any leftover popsicles in the freezer.



All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 21
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g