Mexican ice pops or paletas are always made with fresh fruit and a great way to beat the heat. You’re going to love these healthier vegan paletas recipe made with mango — you need just 4 ingredients!
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Paletas, or popsicles or ice pops, are one of the best Mexican frozen treats. They are unlike American popsicles.
Paletas are sold at paleterias, which are Mexican popsicle shops kinda like ice cream parlors. Most of them not only sell paletas but also other dairy-based helados (ice cream), agua frescas, and lots of different snacks.
But amigos, thankfully paletas are also a common street food.
This is because there’s always a paletero (paleta street vendors) pushing around a small cart full of sweet, frozen paletas all over Mexico — they’re also spreading around the US too!
Growing up, and to this day, I’ll take a paleta over ice cream on most days.
Something I’ve always loved about sweet Mexican popsicles is that they are always made with real fruit. Some paletas even have chunk of fruit in them, some are both spicy and sweet, others sweet and tart.
Growing up this was not only a favorite sweet treats of mine, but also a popular dessert amongst myself and my sisters. I truly think Mexican fruit paleta popsicles are the best in the World!
What Paleta Flavors Are There
Let me ask you, how much time do you have to go over the list?!
There are more paleta flavors than there are fruits…probably!
The most popular fruit and water-based ones are mango, strawberry, tamarind, jamaica, lime, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, orange, pineapple, paletas de tuna or pitahaya, coconut….and the list goes on and on!
I should also mention that there are also many spicy paletas that are made with fruits. One that’s very popular is paleta de mango con chile or chile mango flavor.
Recently with the popularity of mangonadas I’ve started to see a mangonada popsicle versions too.
Growing up one that was my favorite spicy paleta was the tamarindo con chile or tamarind made spicy.
Milk Based Paleta Flavors
The most common dairy-based paleta flavors are chocolate, vanilla, mazapan, fresas con crema, pecan, pistachio, cocada, arroz con leche or rice pudding flavor, oreo, cream and fruit, and the list goes on.
Seriously, amigos there’s just so many different flavors of paletas. So now that the hot summer days are coming, go to your local paleteria, or run after the paletero, or do a Google search to find tons of other Mexican recipes for a wide selection of paleta flavors.
Creamy Mango Paletas Made Vegan
On a hot day there’s nothing like getting to enjoy your own paletas that you made yourself!
Amigos I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because it combines two of my favorite paleta flavors: mango and coconut.
Let me also make it clear that this isn’t the most traditional Mexican paletas recipe. It’s a fusion and intended as an experimental recipe that had delicious results! You can call these Mexican-style popsicles.
This paleta recipe is so easy to make and even though it’s dairy-free and vegan, every one will love the delicious, tropical, sweet, a little tart, and creamy taste.
- fresh mango
- coconut cream or coconut yogurt
- lime juice
- agave syrup
You’ll also need a blender, paleta molds, and wooden sticks that will fit your molds. Some popsicle molds do come with their own built-in popsicle sticks, so keep an eye out for those molds.
Agave syrup is easily found at your local grocery store. For some reason they place it near the artificial sweeteners, but it is a natural sweetener.
The mango you’ll need is fresh then you’ll need to freeze it to help the popsicles freeze quicker. As an alternative you can use frozen mango. Or don’t freeze the mango and you’ll just need to allow more time for the popsicle to fully set.
An alternative version would be to replace the lime juice with orange juice. It’ll give you a creamy fruity popsicle…kinda like a coconut creamsicle.
How To Make These Paletas
This recipe really couldn’t be easier!
Step 1: Chop your mangos into small pieces. You can use my tips to do it quickly. Spread the mango pieces on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour. Or you could also just use frozen mango.
Step 2: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed you can add a splash of coconut milk or water to help the blender move easier.
Step 3: Pour your paleta mix into your ice pop molds. Place the cover that goes on top and insert popsicle sticks.
Step 4: Place in freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or until set. Make sure your popsicle molds are laying evenly to avoid any spilling or crocked paletas.
What You’ll Love About These Paletas
You’ll love that these Mexican mango popsicles are made with fresh mango, that they’re creamy and an excellent way to beat the heat on a hot day.
You’ll love that they’re dairy-free, made with 100% natural ingredients and that there’s no artificial flavors and no artificial colors!
Mango Paletas Recipe
Fruit paletas are a refreshing treat on a hot day. To me it’s a perfect way to enjoy the sunshine and the warm summer breeze out on the porch or patio. Paletas are easy to make at home and you can use basic ingredients and any fruit to make any paleta flavor you’d like.
If you haven’t noticed, the main ingredient in this Mexican frozen treat, happens to be one of my favorite fruits. Check below the recipe card to see all the other Mexican mango recipes I already have here on the blog.
The Best Mango Paletas Recipe (Mexican Popsicles Made Vegan)
- 10 popsicle sticks
- popsicle mold or paleta molds
- 3 cups frozen mango
- 1 cup plain sweetened vegan yogurt coconut is a great option
- 2 small limes
- 2 TBS agave syrup adjust to taste
- Chop your mangos into small pieces. You can use my tips to do it quickly. Spread the mango pieces on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour. Or you could also just use frozen mango.
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed you can add a splash of coconut milk or water to help the blender move easier.
- Pour your paleta mix into your ice pop molds. Place the cover that goes on top and insert popsicle sticks.
- Place in freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or until set. Make sure your popsicle molds are laying evenly to avoid any spilling or crocked paletas.
Mango Recipe You Should Try
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Nancy Lopez is a food blogger and author of the cookbook Mexican Tamales Made Meatless. Born in Mexico, raised in the US, and currently living in Southern Mexico, she has followed a meatless diet for almost 10 years. It is her passion and mission to share all she has learned about vegan Mexican cooking and vegetarian Mexican recipes. Mexican Made Meatless is a blog dedicated to preserving the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine just without the meat. It’s a place to celebrate Mexican culture and all it’s delightfully delicious traditional foods. Read more…