Make Homemade Popsicles Healthy with Collagen

Like most of the ladies in my free and private community, you want quick and easy recipes that can please everyone in the house. One of the sweet treats that are sure to please kids and adults alike are these Keto Tiramisu popsicles. If you want to make these homemade popsicles healthy, add some collagen! My popsicle recipe calls for a collagen protein source which we will review – gelatin vs. peptide collagen to help you make the right choice.

Nutrient-dense is an element of this recipe (and most recipes I do … :)) including healthy fat contained in coconut milk. Also it contains the most dense source of magnesium in raw cacao powder and is protein-packed with collagen. This is the perfect winning combination: protein/fat and carbs.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system essential for mobility. It is the “glue” that helps hold the body together. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells. This is what makes these homemade popsicles healthy and it gives them added texture.

Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. You can thank this process for wrinkles, sagging skin and weaker cartilage in your joints.

You might have heard collagen and gelatin mentioned in the same breath. That’s because gelatin is derived from collagen — when collagen breaks down, it becomes gelatin. A great example of this is found in bone broth. The bones are loaded with collagen and as the broth cooks, it breaks down into gelatin.

To review the health benefits of integrating collagen in your daily diet, you can review this post.

Gelatin vs. Peptide

This recipe uses gelatin (from my partner at Vital Proteins) which is one of two different types of collagen available to purchase as a supplement: Collagen peptide and Collagen Gelatin.

Vital Proteins 100% pasture-raised Collagen Peptides and Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin have similar amino acid profiles and offer very similar nutritional benefits. Both are virtually odorless and tasteless, making them extremely versatile. They make treats like homemade popsicles healthy without affecting the taste. However, they are quite different in application.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (blue lid): Peptides are gelatin proteins broken down into their constituent peptide chains through an enzymatic process. This allows the collagen peptides to not “gel” in cold liquids. Heating it will not alter their nutritional value. The peptides have the advantage of mixing well into both cold and hot liquids without them “gelling.” However, you cannot use it in recipes that call for gelatin. You may add our peptides to cold and hot beverages alike, such as a smoothies, juice, water, tea or coffee, as well as a variety of foods like salads, vinaigrettes, etc.

Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin (green lid): Gelatin will “gel” in cold liquids. As a result, gelatin is ideal for hot preparations, and is a staple in many recipes. Gelatin may be added to soups, broths, sauces or gravies as a natural protein booster and thickener, or used in baking. Use it to create a delicious homemade mousse, ice cream, and puddings – even omelettes and meatloaf, or use it in nutritious fruit gelatin and healthy gummy snacks. You may also enjoy gelatin in hot beverages like herbal tea or frothy butter coffee. Health wise, gelatin has the advantage of taking slightly longer to digest and coats the small intestine which is beneficial in the gut healing protocol.

Let’s Make Homemade Popsicles Healthy: My Recipe

This keto tiramisu popsicle recipe is just another way for you to integrate a collagen supplement in your day-to-day life. If you are looking for other recipe, you can check my Keto chocolate ice cream recipe & Berry creamsicle gummies recipe.

homemade popsicles healthy

homemade popsicles healthy


Keto Tiramisu popsicles

Delicious Keto popsicle recipe

  • Author: Stephanie Dodier
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10


  • Coffee layer
  • 1.5 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup organic decaf coffee
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 10 drops of glycerinate stevia + 1/4 powdered erythritol or 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • Chocolate layer
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 10 drops of glycerinate stevia + 1/4 powdered or 3 tbsp. raw honey (low carb version)


  1. In a blender, combine the ingredients for the coffee layer. Blend until smooth. Remove from blender and set aside.
  2. Clean blender and combine the ingredients for the chocolate layer. Blend until smooth. Remove from blender and set aside.
  3. Pour a bit of coffee layer mixture into the popsicle mold. Divide equally. Freeze for 15 minutes until set. Pour the chocolate layer mixture and freeze for 20 minutes until set. Repeat pouring the coffee layer until the molds are full.
  4. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until completely solid.
  5. Enjoy!


  • PS: For family friendly recipe be sure to use decaf coffee.
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Stephanie Dodier

Hello! I'm Stephanie, Clinical Nutritionist, author and host of The Beyond The Food Show and founder of The Beyond The Food Academy . I'm help women become intuitive eaters & body confident!. Get started now with my free Audio Training.

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