Hot summer requires icy and seriously refreshing treats. Unfortunately, too many natural-ingredient keto popsicles lack flavor — but not these! A mouth-watering combination of lemon and ginger both quenches your thirst and satisfies your sweet cravings with a mighty flavor burst! And the best thing is that you need only 4 commonly available keto ingredients. With only 0.6 grams net carbs and 6 kcal per popsicle, these treats are one of the best light indulgences out there. Ready to taste one?
How to make these 4-Ingredient Sugar-Free Lemon and Ginger Keto Popsicles
Making these keto popsicles is easy: combine all ingredients in a heat-proof pitcher, chill, strain, fill your popsicle forms, and freeze. That’s it!
One thing I want to mention, though. Use boiling water to ensure that the ginger releases enough flavor and the powdered sweetener dissolves in the liquid.
That’s it. Easy peasy. No gimmicks needed. So, let’s take a look at how to prepare these tangy icy treats that have a substantial kick of ginger:
Pour 1 cup (240 ml) boiling water into a heat-proof pitcher.
Add 1 tablespoon grated ginger…
…1/2 cup (or to taste) powdered erythritol or other natural keto-friendly powdered sweetener. Of course, you can use a liquid sweetener like stevia, but I tell you: you’ll need quite a hefty amount of sweetener to tame the sour lemon and the zippy ginger, so in case you use a liquid sweetener, especially stevia, be sure to choose a brand that lacks the typical licorice-like aftertaste of stevia.
Alternatively, monk fruit (luo han guo) is another excellent keto-friendly sweetener. There are also combinations of natural sweeteners like erythritol and stevia or erythritol and monk fruit. These are naturally awesome since you’ll get plenty of sweetness but only a little aftertaste.
Finally, add 1/2 cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice from organic lemons.
Stir with a spoon until the sweetener is dissolved.
Let cool down first to room temperature, and then chill in the fridge until cold.
Pour the chilled mixture through a mesh strainer. I have a tea strainer here. It’s just perfect for this job!
Pour into popsicle molds or ice pop makers.
Here we go. The mixture was enough to fill five silicone ice pop makers that I’ve bought from Ikea (although you’ll see only three in this photo). Place the filled and tightly closed molds into the freezer until completely frozen, about 6 hours.
How I came up with this Sugar-Free Keto-Friendly Lemon and Ginger Popsicle recipe
I actually had planned something entirely different for this week here on my blog. However, as I had so many lemons left from my other recipe experiments, I decided to develop a recipe using the leftover lemons.
Moreover, I was for some reason craving ginger. To be honest, I’m not that big fan of the flavor of ginger, but I crave it occasionally. This was one of those rare times. So, I bought largish ginger and was first infusing slices of it in cold water and also enjoyed hot ginger tea.
Then, I came up with the idea to make popsicles. The weather has finally reached summer temperatures also here in Finland, so something chilly would certainly be welcomed now. I drank plenty of iced tea with lemon, but suddenly came up with the idea to make popsicles with freshly squeezed lemon juice. And since I still had quite some ginger left, I decided to add ginger to my lemony keto popsicles. I thought grated ginger works best as it releases more flavor than, for example, ginger slices.
Since powdered erythritol is my favorite sweetener, I chose to sweeten my keto popsicles with it. Erythritol has a wonderfully neutral taste — a bit cooling aftertaste actually, which would be just perfect for this icy treat, I concluded.
As I didn’t want to use only lemon juice to my popsicles, I decided to add also water — boiling water to release more flavor from ginger and make the erythritol dissolve better. Pure lemon juice as a liquid would have been far too sour and strong. In addition, adding water would reduce carbs as well.
I was ready to conduct my first experiment. I calculated the amounts to fit 4-5 silicone ice pop makers.
My calculations worked well. With 1 cup (240 ml) boiling water, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 2/3 cup (160 ml) powdered erythritol, and 1/2 cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, the result was tangy, sweet, spicy — and simply mouth-watering! The popsicles were so totally refreshing and super flavorful that I was enjoying them every day (and I still am)!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 cup = 240 ml boiling water
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 2/3 cup = 160 ml powdered erythritol OR another powdered natural sweetener to taste
- 1/2 cup = 120 ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice from organic lemons
- Combine all ingredients in a heat-proof pitcher. Stir until the sweetener is dissolved.
- Chill in the fridge until ice cold.
- Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer.
- Transfer the strained liquid into popsicle molds or ice pop makers.
- Freeze until completely frozen, about 6 hours.
- Warm with your hands or under running warm water for easy removal.
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|Nutrition information||In total||Per popsicle if 5 popsicles in total|
|Protein||0.5 g||0.1 g|
|Net carbs||3.2 g||0.6 g|
|kcal||32 kcal||6 kcal|
Tips for Variation
I admit these popsicles have a very powerful taste. The ginger lends a substantial, surprisingly spicy kick. If you are making these popsicles for small kids, you might want to reduce the amount of grated ginger to 1 teaspoon. You can actually reduce the amount of lemon juice to 1/3 cup (80 ml) and increase the amount of boiling water respectively.
Feel free to add 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel from organic orange. It makes these popsicles even fruitier!
You can also add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for a delicious hint of vanilla.
Instead of ice pops, you can make very tasty granita from this recipe. Pour the chilled liquid into a freeze-proof container. Freeze until completely frozen. Scrape the frozen contents with a fork into tiny granules and transfer to serving bowls. Serve immediately.
This recipe makes a refreshing drink as well: use the chilled liquid as a base for refreshing summer drinks. Add a couple of tablespoons liquid to a high-ball glass and fill with ice-cold sparkling water. What a perfect refreshment!
This week has again gone mostly with Ketokamu activities. I’m (finally!) finalizing the e-book about our baking mix. We are hoping to get the baking mix and the free e-book to the market still at the end of this month. Well, it totally depends if we manage to get all the ingredients needed for the mix and the production slot from the factory that makes the mix for us. Keep your fingers crossed!
I have also been packing, since in a couple of days, I will leave to Greece for about 10 days. I’ve actually taken photos and videos for my next blog post since I’m not going to take my huge camera and other photography equipment there, let alone develop any new recipes. My plan is to visit four different islands in Greece. It’s quite some traveling, but boy, I bet it will be awesome!