Creamy Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

Four blackberry cream paletas arranged on a board with a glass bowl of blackberries.

Ditch the ice cream maker and make your own creamy blackberry popsicle from scratch. Healthy, a full serving of fruit and a portable version of helados caseros!

Creamy Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups ripe blackberries 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, more to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 liter cold water
  • 1/2 cup of powdered milk 
  • Ice pop molds 
  • Pack of popsicle sticks 

Instructions:

Wash your blackberries and place them in a plastic bag or deep dish. Cover with three cups of water and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Place the blackberry juice mixture and sugar in the blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. You want this to be really smooth.

Place your fine mesh strainer over a pitcher (a large bowl works as well) and pour the blackberry puree mixture over it. Using a soup spoon or a spatula, press the blackberry pulp through the strainer. When you no longer can get any of the pulp through, start to pour the cold water over the strainer, continuing to push more pulp through until only the seeds remain.

Discard the seeds from the strainer and pour the rest of the water into the pitcher. Stir in powdered milk, then test for sugar and water, and add more as needed. 

Once it is the desired sweetness, pour the blackberry-cream liquid into a popsicle mold, insert sticks, and freeze for about 24 hours.

About This Blackberry Cream Popsicle Recipe

Nothing says “summer” quite like a fresh popsicle, and sunny Costa Rica is officially a popsicle paradise! Popsicles, or Paletas as they are known in Costa Rica, are a year-round favorite and can be found in grocery stores, pulperías, and are even sold on the beach. 

Probably my favorite thing to add to a paleta recipe is fresh blackberries, or moras frescas, which grow abundantly in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Blackberries in Costa Rica are generally sold by the kilo in plastic bags and packed in water, whereas blackberries in the United States are packed in plastic boxes that are generally devoid of moisture. This means that this recipe has been modified to create an authentic Costa Rican paleta in the United States.

I wanted to make a paleta that tasted like blackberry ice cream (helado de mora) but didn’t require heavy whipping cream. The solution: powdered milk! It dissolves super easily into the blackberry juice and has less fat content than normal cream. Plus, blackberries are full of vitamin C and fiber, so this summer treat is also a great way to incorporate more fresh fruit into your diet!

Looking for more Costa Rican-inspired frozen treats? Check out these other homemade paleta recipes!

Substitutions

Frozen blackberries brought back up to room temperature will work in place of fresh ones. Additionally, Stevia, brown sugar, and even maple syrup can be swapped in for cane sugar.

You can also use heavy whipping cream or crema de leche in place of powdered milk for a richer taste.

Variations

If you don’t want to “marinate” the blackberries overnight, you can just blend them in water and then strain them through the fine mesh strainer. The taste is similar, although not exactly the same– it sure does save a lot of time, though!

Citrus also pairs super well with blackberries. Try adding a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the mix before freezing for a little tangy zip! 

You can also make a vegan variety of this recipe by swapping in coconut milk for the powdered milk. Instant coconut cream-and-blackberry goodness!

Finally, you can prepare this recipe without freezing for a traditional blackberry smoothie– a batido de mora en leche.

Serving Suggestions

Once they have been frozen for 24 hours, remove the popsicle molds from the freezer and run them over with hot water to release the ice pops. Enjoy your paleta de mora con crema (blackberry-and-cream popsicle)!

FAQ

  1. Are creamy blackberry paletas healthy? – Because they are mainly fruit-based, these blackberry-cream paletas are low in refined sugars and packed with Vitamin C. Using powdered milk as opposed to cream makes sure that these frozen desserts have a lower fat content, but still taste amazing!
  2. Can paleta recipes be adjusted to accommodate dietary restrictions? – Yes! Paletas can be adapted for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. 

Printable Recipe

Yield: 12 Popsicles

Creamy Blackberry Popsicle Recipe

Close up of several blackberry and cream paletas.

Sweet, cold, and refreshing, these creamy blackberry popsicles are a favorite summer treat and a great source of fresh fruit! Great for all ages and no juicer required.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ripe blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, more to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 liter cold water
  • 1/2 cup of powdered milk

Instructions

  1. Wash your blackberries and place them in a plastic bag or deep dish. Cover with three cups of water and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the blackberry juice mixture and sugar in the blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. You want this to be really smooth.
  3. Place your fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher and pour the blackberry mixture over it. Using a soup spoon or a spatula, press the blackberry pulp through the strainer.
  4. When you no longer can get any of the pulp through, start to pour the cold water over the strainer, continuing to push more pulp through.
  5. When you can no longer push the blackberry puree through, discard the seeds from the strainer and pour the rest of the water into the pitcher.
  6. Stir in powdered milk, then test for sugar and water, and add more as needed. 
  7. Once it is the desired sweetness, pour the blackberry-cream liquid into a popsicle mold, insert sticks, and freeze for about 24 hours.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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