Making 2 ingredient Pineapple Popsicles at home is incredibly easy because all you do is whisk together canned pineapple juice and sugar! They’re dairy free and vegan because they’re made without yogurt or milk.
Confession: I had no intention of publishing this recipe for Pineapple Popsicles.
They were supposed to be a personal endeavor, using up leftover pineapple juice I had from a Cornish hen recipe where you use a 6 ounce can of pineapple juice instead of a beer can for a riff on beer can chicken.
You see, when you buy small cans of pineapple juice, you’re forced to buy a 6 pack. Luckily the cans are small, so they’re easy to use for small batch recipes.
Because my strawberry popsicles are such a huge hit, I got the genius idea to make popsicles with pineapple juice.
However, I wasn’t sure how much sugar to whisk in to keep them from turning into solid blocks of ice so I looked up similar recipes.
The problem was all the pineapple popsicle recipes I found used ingredients I didn’t want to add – yogurt, coconut milk, fresh fruit.
Nothing wrong with that, but were they absolutely necessary? Time to test and find out!
And that’s how these 2 ingredient, dairy free vegan Pineapple Popsicles were born.
Literally 2 ingredients – canned pineapple juice and sugar.
With a recipe being so easy, I knew I had to share it with you. Especially if you, too, are forced to buy a large amount of pineapple juice when cooking for two.
Don’t have pineapple juice? No problem! I also include how to make pineapple popsicles using fresh pineapple chunks.
Ingredients For Pineapple Popsicles
To make pineapple popsicles with pineapple juice, you only need two easy ingredients:
- Pineapple juice: You want to use 100% pineapple juice, either with or without concentrate. There should be no sugar added as you don’t want to use a sugary juice blend.
- Sugar: Even though your juice may be sweet enough, sugar lowers the freezing point and reduces ice crystals, ensuring you have a popsicle “soft” enough to bite into without breaking your teeth on a solid block of ice.
Can I substitute fresh pineapple for the juice?
Yes, you can use fresh pineapple instead of pineapple juice. Add 3 cups diced pineapple and 6 tablespoons water along with the 6 tablespoons sugar to a blender.
Blend until super smooth then transfer to your popsicle molds and freeze as directed.
Got leftover pineapple? Use it to make pineapple teriyaki sauce.
What can I substitute for the sugar?
This pineapple popsicle recipe has only been tested with granulated sugar. I do not know what will happen if use Splenda, agave syrup, honey, or another substitute of your choice.
If you do substitute the sugar, please share your results! That way others will know what does (or doesn’t) work.
Can I double this recipe for pineapple popsicles?
Yes, absolutely! I focus on small batch recipes, but you’re welcome to make as many as you’d like. Please keep the proportions the same when increasing. The sugar plays an important part when freezing.
How To Make Pineapple Popsicles
Making pineapple juice popsicles at home is ridiculously easy. Add your pineapple juice to a large measuring cup (even better if it has a pouring spout), whisk in your sugar, then pour into your molds.
Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours and voila! Homemade pineapple popsicles to enjoy.
What can I use to make popsicles?
Don’t have molds? You can easily use paper Dixie cups, which are sold near paper plates in stores. Wrap the tops in foil and make a small hole to hold the sticks in place.
You can buy popsicle sticks either on Amazon (affiliate link) or at the store in the craft section.
Bonus tip: My popsicle mold is hard to clean by hand, so I use a bottle brush to reach inside.
How To Unmold Popsicles
Since you’re making a small batch of pineapples popsicles, you can run each mold under lukewarm (not hot) water for a minute or so. Be careful you don’t get water inside the mold!
After a minute under running water, carefully pull the popsicles out of their molds. If they won’t release, run it under water again. Do not force them out or your pops may break.
Alternatively, you can fill a large deep container with water then let the entire mold (minus the tops!) sit in the water for 30-60 seconds then remove. This method is handy if you’re unmolding a lot of pops at once.
If you’re using paper cups, you can cut them to unmold.
How To Store Homemade Popsicles
Once unmolded, place the popsicles in a single layer on wax or parchment paper then place in a freezer-safe container for short-term storage. Eat these within a week.
If you want the popsicles to last longer, once they refreeze solid wrap each one in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag or container. Eat these within a month.
More Popsicle Recipes
Looking for more small batch popsicles? Here are more recipes for homemade popsicles:
- 1 + 1/2 cups (12 ounces) canned 100% pineapple juice
- 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Whisk together the juice and sugar.
- Transfer to popsicle molds or paper cups then insert wooden sticks. Freeze until firm, roughly 4 hours but preferably overnight.
Once unmolded, place the popsicles in a single layer on wax or parchment paper then place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze up to 1 week.
For longer storage, once they refreeze solid wrap each one in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag or container. Freeze up to 1 month.