As a kid I used to love popsicles on a hot summer day, especially Otter Pops. Remember those? But as I got older and became more health conscious I realized that whats in most popsicles isn’t the best for us s0 I decided to make my own super sweet frozen treats to snack on during these hot summer days we are having here in Oregon.
These are super easy not to mention a healthy alternative to the sugar laden ones you’d pick up at the store. Plus, despite coconuts bad reputation for being super high in fat (which actually isn’t bad for you after all!), it’s also high in fiber, vitamins and minerals that are so important to keep your body healthy. If you want to learn more about this amazing food you can read here.
But now on to how I made these creamy frozen goodies!
D and I were at the Hillsdale Farmers Market on Sunday and bought six pints of mixed berries. I love berries but even that is too much for me to eat before they get all soggy and mushy and no longer good to eat so I figured what a perfect thing to use in a popsicle!
Here is what you’ll need:
~ What ever kind of berries you’d like to use. I made seven popsicles and used about a half pint of red raspberries, golden raspberries and blueberries.
~ a smidgen of honey to lightly sweeten sweeten them
~ 1 can of coconut milk
~ A couple tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
~ 1/2 a lime
~ Dixie cups
~ Wooden sticks of some sort
How to make:
1. In a blender, pour your coconut milk (I used about 1/2 a cup for seven popsicles), 1/2 a lime, and about a tablespoon or two of coconut flakes and blend for about 30 seconds.
2. Lay out however many Dixie cups you want for popsicles and pour the coconut milk mixture half way up the cup.
3. Place all half filled cups in the freezer for about 30 minutes. You want it to be firm so that when you pour the berry mixture on top it doesn’t mix.
4. Rinse out the blender then add the first of your berry choices and a smidgen of honey to lightly sweeten and blend away (about 30-60 seconds.) Set aside and rinse out the blender and mix the next and so on.
5. After about 30 minutes your coconut mixture should be firm enough to add your berry mixture. Top each Dixie cut off and insert a wooden stick. My berry mixture was thick enough to hold the stick up but if yours is a little on the watery side, put the Dixie cups in the freezer for about 15 minutes then add the wooden sticks.
6. Let freeze for about two hours and then take one out at a time and peel off the Dixie cup paper and viola!
PS- These were SO delicious!