Is it hot where you are? It's finally my favorite season - popsicle season! It touched 80 degrees here today and over the weekend, so I finally busted out the popsicles molds I bought back in March when I was dreaming of summer. Now that real summer weather is here, we took full advantage of being outside the last few days.
On our normal walking route, I was blown away by these poppies, which are just starting to bloom around here! Love the gorgeous color!
On our way back we always stop and check out this view. Makes it worth walking up the giant hills to get there. It just was green as far as the eye could see, beautiful!
This is our version of the beach here in Colorado. HA! Reese and I packed up the sand toys and some snacks and headed to the tropical, white sand beaches of...Clear Creek in Golden. We'll take it for now! I braved the frigid water to refill the bucket for Reese ohhhh only about 100 times. Ended with numb toes. But we had fun!
So back to the popsicles. If you are anything like me, you have a hard time making decisions around food. If you are anything like me, for example, at a gelato shop, you probably try at least 4 samples before picking something totally random, and then end up hating your choice and driving your husband crazy. Or, you sweetly ask the ice cream scooper if she could give you a half scoop of two flavors because you simply CANNOT make a decision. (Truth - this happened last weekend, and the ice cream scooper responded "I'm not judging you" with a hint of sarcasm, ha! Judge away!)
Anyway, with popsicles, I can never decide between a refreshing tropical fruity bar, or a creamy dreamy coconut bar or fudgesicle. Growing up, we ate a ton of those "Whole Fruit" bars, and I was always the one who was left to eat the coconut bars out of the variety pack after all the strawberry bars were taken. Anyone else have that problem? So I decided to combine the two! Best of both worlds, finally!
I started with fresh strawberries and some frozen pineapple. Blended them up in the food processor with a little bit of water, maybe a 1/4 cup, until it was the consistency of a thick smoothie.
Then enter this:
This little can of magic is my go-to, and a staple in our house. On any given day, you can find at minimum four cans in my pantry. Liquid gold I tell you! I combined the full can (making sure to get all the cream!) with one tablespoon of coconut sugar and whisked until dissolved. I then transferred to a measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring.
You could get real fancy with the layering, and do one layer of strawberry, freeze for 15 minutes, then do a layer of coconut, freeze for another 15 minutes, and so on and so on.
Or you can be impatient like me and just do half-and-half. Either way the end result is deliciousness. Just know that recommended freezer time is 4 hours. Not 3. Not 2. So going to check on the bars does not make them freeze faster (spoken from experience).
Here they are ready to freeze. I am using the Tovolo Groovy Ice Pops, and so far think they are pretty great - easy to clean and good handles for gripping. I am sad to say that I bought these at Whole Foods a while back, and they definitely were NOT $7...Amazon for the win, sigh.
So get yourself some popsicle molds and get ready for popsicle season! I promise these are better than store-bought, you won't be sorry.
Mix + Match Strawberry-Coconut Popsicles
Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 4 hours
- 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit (I used half fresh strawberries and half frozen pineapple)
- 1/4 water
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or cane sugar is fine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the coconut milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a measuring cup with a pour spout.
- Make the fruit layer in the food processor. Combine the fruit with a little water, working until it is a thick smoothie consistency.
- Add the fruit layer to the molds first, then add the coconut milk on top. Leave a tiny bit of room at the top as the popsicles will expand as they freeze.
- Place in the back of your freezer for 4 hours. Try to forget they are in there!
And last note - these taste infinitely better outside:)