Craving a refreshing summer treat? An easy little project? Something sweet, but not too sweet? These minty pineapple ice pops are just the ticket. They’re made with just two ingredients—pineapple and mint!
These popsicles are naturally sweetened with fruit alone. I actually make my pops with frozen pineapple, which is easy and inexpensive.
This recipe was inspired by a popsicle we enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon in Nashville last year. I insisted that we stop at Las Paletas for popsicles, even though our bellies were still full from lunch.
As our popsicles dripped onto the porch in the heat, I made a mental note to make similar popsicles at home. We can’t hop over to Nashville right now, but at least we can enjoy some cold pops in the backyard!
Pineapple Ice Pop Notes
I designed this recipe to be made with frozen pineapple. Why? It’s cheaper than fresh pineapple, and we’re freezing it again anyway. Plus, frozen pineapple is preserved at the peak of ripeness, and it can be challenging to know when to cut into a fresh pineapple. A few notes:
- Be sure to use well-preserved frozen pineapple (not old, frost-bitten pineapple, which will taste funny).
- For food safety purposes, it’s important that you defrost the pineapple in the refrigerator (not at room temperature, and do not heat the pineapple to speed up the process). This will take roughly two to four hours, or you can just leave it overnight.
- Let the pineapple thaw completely in the fridge, or you’ll have trouble blending it up. Be sure to blend and re-freeze the defrosted pineapple within 48 hours (again, for food safety).
- Frozen pops will keep indefinitely under proper storage conditions, though they may lose their flavor over time.
Here’s my popsicle mold (affiliate link). I like it. Be sure to hand wash it, because the metal top develops strange spots in the dishwasher. I run cool water around the plastic base for a few seconds in order to loosen the popsicles enough to pull them out.
More fruity summertime treats on Cookie and Kate:
- Creamy Peach and Honey Popsicles
- Roasted Berry and Honey Yogurt Popsicles
- Easy Fruit Compote
- Blueberry Almond Crisp
Easy Pineapple Mint Popsicles
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes (plus thawing/freezing time)
- Yield: 5 popsicles 1x
- Category: Frozen dessert
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet: Vegan
Craving a refreshing summer treat? Make these simple pineapple-mint popsicles! You’ll need only two ingredients to make these all-natural ice pops. Popsicle molds vary in volume; this recipe yields 16 ounces total, so multiply if necessary.
- 1 pound frozen pineapple chunks, defrosted completely in the refrigerator
- 1 tablespoon lightly packed fresh mint leaves, to taste
- In a blender, combine the thawed pineapple and mint. Blend until completely smooth. Taste, and add a few more mint leaves if you’d prefer more minty flavor. Blend again.
- Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks. Freeze until frozen solid. Enjoy!
Recipe inspired by Las Paletas in Nashville.
Pineapple note: I recommend frozen pineapple here because it’s frozen at the peak of freshness, it’s more affordable, and we’re freezing it again anyway. You could use fresh pineapple if it’s ripe and juicy!
Oh I’m definitely going to try these!! And I LOVE Las Paletas! We live in Nashville & it’s a must stop location when down on 12 South! Thanks Kate!!
You’re welcome! It was so good when we were there, Sandy. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Why freeze the pineapple if you are just going to thaw it? Can’t you just use fresh? Or does freezing change the fibers or enzymes?
Hi Karen! I only tested this recipe with frozen since it’s cheaper and easier to work with, but you could use fresh as long as it’s nice and juicy!
Dang! I don’t have popsicle molds and no easy wat to get them. How can this be made without them?
Hi Carol! You could try ice cube trays with a popsicle stick in them? It will be smaller popsicle, so will yield a lot more but could be really cute!
You can also use small paper cups with a stick.
These look great! Can’t wait to make them. Can you tell me where I can find the popsicle mold you used?
Hi L! I’m happy you are excited about these. I have a link for the popsicle mold on another recipe. But, I’m actually looking to try out a new one so stay tuned on recommendations!
Do you recommend a popsicle mold? Thank you.
Hi Mati, I believe my mold is still available on Amazon. I have linked to it in a previous post for my popsicles. I’m actually looking for a different one to try out. Stay tuned on recommendations!
My son will be all over this especially since I bought him a popsicle maker for Christmas two years ago. His college roommate worked for Seattle Pops and I have learned how many tasty frozen treats are left to explore! Thanks, Kate, keep the deliciousness coming!
I hope he loves them! Be sure to report back.
I love how easy these would be! Do you have a popsicle mold you recommend? I’ve looked around some before, but never seen anything that looked like it would hold up.
I have some linked in this popsicle post. But, I’m actually going to try some new ones so stay tuned!
Las Paletas looks so fun! I’m a tad miffed I don’t have a popsicle place in my hometown, but this will be a nice treat anyways.
I hope you love them!
Pineapple and mint is a classic combination in Brazil – usually in smoothie form, and with enough mint to turn it green. It is my favorite! When we visit my husband’s family in Brazil, I have a pineapple mint smoothie at every opportunity! Will try these popsicles and probably up the mint. Great idea!
That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing, Kristi. Be sure to let me know what you think.
Oooh these sound so good, and I won’t even have to share with my husband because he doesn’t like pineapple or mint lol. Alllllll for me! :D
I think that is a win! All to yourself, enjoy :)
These flavors are delicious! I only wish I had strained the mixture before pouring into the molds. I used fresh pineapple and the popsicles ended up being stringy and fibrous.
I finally made these today with fresh pineapple and mint from my herb garden, they are light and refreshing and naturally sweet, thank you for the inspiration!
While all this is going on in the US right now, I needed this post today. Thank you for sharing some light.
Hi Kate- thanks for sharing this recipe- sounds delicious! Can canned pineapple be used?
I love your recipe for the peach posicles!
Hi Elsa! I’m not sure it will work the same as I didn’t try it. Canned does typically have a much different consistency so I don’t think it will work the same.
I made these yesterday as fresh pineapple was on sale this week and I have way too much mint in my garden. So easy and so delicious. What a treat for the heatwave we are having. Thank you for the inspiration :) Happy July 4th.
I was all set to make these and then realized I don’t have fresh mint. What are your thoughts on either dried mint or fresh (Thai) basil as substitutes?
Hi Julia! I think fresh Thai basil would be really fun. I would go with that one.
I’ll keep you posted. :-)
This was soooooo easy to make and absolutely delicious! We used thawed frozen pineapple chunks, as recommended, and fresh mint. It came out perfectly. These were the first popsicles we made in our new molds. (Just got the Zoku round silicone molds in the mail yesterday- excellent!) Such a great activity for the kids, who just finished gobbling up their popsicles in the bathtub :o) Thanks for the great recipe!
Thank you for your report on the molds! I’m excited you liked the, Maya.
I’ve been living on these popsicles in the intense heat of the summer, thank you! The first batch I made was with canned pineapple (I couldn’t find frozen in the local stores) and they came out a bit stringy/fibrous. Once I found frozen pineapple, they came out perfectly. Both kids and adults who have visited us this summer have been enjoying them, thank you again!
Pour this mix in to ice cube trays. When frozen, add two or three cubes to a cocktail glass, pour in reposado tequila and top with tonic water. What’s not to love?
Thank you for all your fabulous recipes and ideas, Kate!
I’m excited you love it! Thank you for sharing, Julie.
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Hi Runa! I have both GF and Vegan recipes in the book. Like the blog, I provide alternatives if they aren’t where it makes sense. I hope you get it and love it!
These were as delicious as pictured! We were housesitting for friends when I made them. They raved about them when they arrived home!
How sweet! Thank you for your review, Julie.