Coffee Popsicles are a great way to use up leftover coffee. They are creamy and flavorful, and make a great pick-me-up snack or dessert. Enjoy this recipe for Coffee Popsicles that is made vegan and dairy-free.

Two coffee popcicles on top of coffee beans.

Attention coffee lovers! Having your morning cup of joe in popsicle form is an absolute treat on a hot summer day. It’s also a great way to enjoy a caffeine kick on the go. 

Even if you’re avoiding caffeine, you can still enjoy these frozen Coffee Popsicles. You can make these popsicles with freshly brewed decaf coffee or any healthy coffee-flavored substitute. 

I first tried a coffee popsicle on a hot afternoon in New York City, walking around with a friend. I was craving coffee, but it was one of those extra hot summer days. She introduced me to her secret weapon for enjoying a long walk outdoors in the heat. Coffee popsicles! They’re like tasty, tall iced coffee, but on a stick.

Since then, I’ve tried a couple of recipes and came up with this one; it’s my current favorite that I hope you love too. This sweet treat is reminiscent of coffee ice cream, but in a popsicle form.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Coffee popsicles are a delicious way to cool off and wake up at the same time. Or, use decaf coffee if you want to enjoy these without the buzz.
  • It’s easy to adapt this easy recipe. You can customize your popsicles to make them as healthy as you want. Or, tweak the taste to be the perfect treat for your flavor profile. 
  • Coffee popsicles are a convenient, ready-made snack to keep in the freezer. You won’t have to wait when the craving hits. For some people, these could even serve as breakfast popsicles!
Two glasses filled with coffee and ice.

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

Everything you need to make these yummy coffee popsicles is relatively inexpensive. It’s always a bonus if you can make something super delicious that easy and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

1. Popsicle Molds

I’ve tried different molds to make popsicles, and most of them work relatively well. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. Some even come in fun shapes like unicorns! It’s easy to pop your popsicles out one at a time when you use the silicone molds, but the traditional molds are great too because they usually make more at a time. 

If you have a hard time removing the popsicles from the molds, just run some warm water over the mold.

If you don’t have store-bought molds, you can use disposable paper cups, small food storage containers, or even muffin pans. 

2. Popsicle Sticks

Some molds come with built-in sticks, but if you don’t have that type, you’ll have to freeze popsicle sticks with your coffee mixture. But don’t worry, popsicle sticks are also an inexpensive item. You could also use plastic spoons, reusable straws, or sturdy wooden skewers. 

I like using aluminum foil or plastic wrap over the popsicles and punching the sticks through so they can stand up straight in the center of each popsicle. It makes them “stick” better.

Another way you can put your sticks in is only to put them in when your coffee mix is half-frozen already. That way, it will be solid enough for the sticks to stand up. 

A white square plate filled with coffee beans with two coffee popsicles on top.

Ingredients and Substitutes

The iced coffee popsicles can be as sweet, strong, creamy, healthy, or decadent as you want them to be. Here are some tips on the ingredients and some substitutes you could use.  

Coffee

You can use any brewing method and any type of coffee for this recipe, even the flavored ones! Instant coffee could work; just ensure you make it pretty strong since the final mixture is quite milky. 

If you’re like me, you’ll love all the rich undertones of freshly brewed coffee. I like using my Moka pot for this recipe – it makes an excellent espresso.

But, you can also use regular brewed coffee from your coffee maker, cold brew coffee, or coffee from a French press. See my list of the best organic coffee brands.

You will need to use cold coffee for this recipe, so be sure to allow time for your hot coffee to cool down.

Did you know that coffee has excellent health benefits if you enjoy it in moderation? The antioxidants in the coffee may help lower the risk of depression and type 2 diabetes, and it could support brain health.

As most people who love coffee know, it is also an excellent natural energy boost and the perfect way to start the day. As long as you don’t go overboard and have too many coffee popsicles, you can enjoy them knowing they are reasonably good for you.

Coconut Milk

You can use any canned coconut milk in your coffee popsicles, light or full-fat. Coconut milk is an excellent alternative to dairy milk and has a creamy texture and delicious flavor.

I always use full-fat canned coconut milk; the popsicles turn out silky and smooth, and the taste is so much better than when using the lighter version.

If you aren’t on a dairy-free diet, you can feel free to use heavy cream or half-and-half instead of coconut milk. I would avoid using coffee creamer as those tend to have lots of unhealthy ingredients.

Sweetener

Maple syrup works really well for this recipe. It has a slightly smokey undertone that draws out the richness of the coffee. But you could use any healthy sweetener like honey, agave, monk fruit, or even Medjool dates.

If you like the flavor of dates, use three finely chopped dates and increase the blending time to two minutes. You won’t be able to whisk the mixture by hand if you use dates as your sweetener.

Feel free to omit the sweetener, especially if you are used to drinking your coffee without sugar. The coconut milk gives it a natural sweetness that may just be sweet enough for you. Remember, every sweetener will slightly change the flavor of your popsicles, so it’s usually best to go with what you enjoy most. 

See my list of the best natural sugar substitutes.

Salt

The pinch of salt is there to draw out the other flavors, so add a pinch.

Cacao Nibs 

If you enjoy the flavor of cacao, nibs are an excellent optional extra ingredient. I love how bitterness contrasts with the sweetened coffee flavor in this recipe.

Cacao is packed with health benefits too. It contains flavonoids that can help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart and brain. It may even help increase insulin sensitivity which can help reduce your risk of diabetes. 

Additional or Alternate Flavorings

If you like experimenting with different flavors, you’ll be happy to know that you can adapt these coffee popsicles in many ways. Here are a few flavor ideas for your coffee popsicles:

  • Mocha popsicles: Add one tablespoon of unsweetened cacao powder.
  • Salted caramel popsicles: Use Medjool dates as your sweetener and stir ½ teaspoon of freshly ground salt into the mixture after blending it. 
  • Spicy popsicles: Add ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom or chili powder.
  • Boozy popsicles: Add 2 tablespoons of dairy-free, creamy liquor.
  • Vanilla popsicles: Scrape ½ vanilla pod into your mix before blending it.
  • Mexican popsicles: Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon almond extract.

Recipe FAQs

Are these coffee popsicles healthy?

They are as healthy as the ingredients you use are. As long as you use ingredients that are not full of artificial flavors or preservatives, you’re good to go. It’s also an excellent idea to use an unrefined, healthier sweetener or leave it out altogether. 

You can also make Keto Coffee Popsicles by leaving out any sweetener or using a sugar-free sweetener instead.

Do coffee popsicles still contain caffeine?

Yes, they do. The caffeine won’t lessen when the coffee is frozen. So, assume you’ll get your morning caffeine boost, even though it’s in popsicle form.

Can you make a kid-friendly version of coffee popsicles?

Yes, you can, but with some adjustments. You can use a high-quality decaf coffee if you don’t want your kiddos wired. Or, if you prefer not to use decaf, you can use carob or chicory instead. 

How many coffee popsicles can I have per day?

You should stick to one batch of coffee popsicles per day if each batch has more or less the same contents as a cup of coffee. A healthy coffee intake is up to 400mg daily, roughly translating into four cups of brewed coffee. 

But, considering you might get caffeine from other sources, it’s best to limit your popsicle intake to just one or two a day.

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Two coffee popsicles on top of coffee beans.

Coffee Popsicles

Coffee Popsicles are a great way to use up leftover coffee. They are creamy and flavorful, and make a great pick-me-up snack or dessert. Enjoy this recipe for Coffee Popsicles that is made vegan and dairy-free.

  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 cup of freshly brewed espresso or coffee
  • 1 cup of canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Brew your coffee and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Add the coffee, coconut milk, sweetener, and salt to a blender for 30 seconds. If you don’t have a blender, you can combine the ingredients into a pitcher and whisk vigorously for 2 minutes.
  3. Fill your popsicle molds with the coffee mixture.
  4. Freeze until they’re solid, about 4-5 hours.
  5. Remove your coffee popsicles from the mold, and enjoy cold.

Notes

  1. If you like experimenting with different flavors, you’ll be happy to know that you can adapt these coffee popsicles in many ways. Here are a few flavor ideas for your coffee popsicles:
  • Mocha popsicles: Add one tablespoon of unsweetened cacao powder.
  • Salted caramel popsicles: Use Medjool dates as your sweetener and stir ½ teaspoon of freshly ground salt into the mixture after blending it. 
  • Spicy popsicles: Add ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom or chili powder.
  • Boozy popsicles: Add 2 tablespoons of dairy-free, creamy liquor.
  • Vanilla popsicles: Scrape ½ vanilla pod into your mix before blending it.
  • Mexican popsicles: Add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon almond extract.

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