Food: Eat Pretty and Stay Healthy – All Natural Summer Coconut Popsicle Recipes
After a couple of gloomy rainy days in New York, we finally got the warm summer weather back! I just can’t get enough of this summer heat. I love the warm sensation when the sunlight beams on my skin, as the summer breeze came through my window, along with the jingle of the ice-cream trucks from a block down the street. This is as good as life can get, and an icy treat sounds like a good idea, actually.
Since I got an Iced Coconut Milk Latte from a neighborhood café last week, I have been on a coconut milk kick – I can’t get enough of these freshly made all natural coconut milk drinks. Fresh coconut milk is not only super refreshing and delicious, it is also a nutritional powerhouse. Raw coconut contains powerful antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties almost unmatched by any other food. It is also high in good saturated fat and fatty acids, which break down very quickly in the body and aid in the digestion of other fats. How about coconut water? Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that restores the body’s electrolyte balance and is a health elixir, I have always been a big fan of coconut water. Since coconut milk is a blend of coconut meat and coconut water, it is the combo of all that goodness and yumminess – I love it when it’s served chilled in a hot summer day like this, or add them in the coffee like how I had it in my neighborhood café.
If it tastes so good on ice, why don’t we kick it up a notch and serve it as a Popsicle? Popsicles are not just for kids, right? Here’s the basic recipe for the plain coconut milk and homemade coconut popsicle:
Fresh Coconut Milk (for 8-12 pops)
– 1 cup coconut meat from a young Thai coconut
– 3 cups of raw coconut water from young Thai coconuts
– 2 Tbsp of all natural coconut butter (to make it even creamier, optional)
– ½ vanilla bean, scraped (for an aromatic vanilla flavor, optional)
– 3-4 Tbsp raw honey or raw agave sugar (for sweetening, optional)
– pinch of salt
Blend in your Vitamix or blender of your choice until smooth and creamy, and here’s your fresh and creamy coconut milk, you can drink it as it is, or make them into icy popciles by pouring the mix into mold and freeze. If you don’t have the molds, paper cups work well, too!
If you want to make them prettier and fancier, here are also a few different variations:
Honey Fig Coconut Posicles:
This recipe I actually learned from Into the Gloss – use Honey instead of sugar or other sweeteners, and increase the honey to 6 tbsp. Simply add some thinly sliced figs (about 6 figs for a batch) into the coconut mixture, or slide them into the edge of the mold to create a better visual presentation. And there you have some beautiful homemade Honey Fig Coconut Popsicles.
Pineapple Coconut Popsicles:
Instead of honey or sugar, use ½ cup of fresh pineapple juice when making the coconut milk. Add 1 1/2 cups of fresh pineapples – I like them diced in big chucks, but any size that fits in the mold will do – and freeze. These taste just like piña-coladas!!
Summer Berry Coconut Popsicles:
Mix 2 cups of strawberry, raspberry and blue berry with ½ cup of raw sugar, toss till it’s evenly mixed, let it sit for 15 minute. Mix the berries into the coconut milk mixture and pour into the molds.
Plain homemade coconut milk is delicious on it’s own, but it also serves as an amazing base for other fruity flavors. These are just a few simple and easy ones that I have made and absolutely love., but there are endless possibilities I can’t even list them all – key Lime Mint Coconut Popsicles, Kiwi, mango, Lemon ginger , blood orange basil… I can go on and on with the flavors that keep popping into my mind now. Go crazy with coconuts, they are delicious and good for you too, there is no guilt indulging on these refreshing summer treats. You can stay cool and stay healthy too this summer!!