A super-hydrating, delicious, inexpensive popsicle recipe made with just two ingredients
While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I came across a really neat recipe for making your own quick, healthy, popsicles using only two ingredients: fruit and coconut water! No added sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, and none of the stabilizers / gums / dyes / flavorings / preservatives / other garbage that usually makes it into food that comes from a factory.
Since when did wanting a cool, refreshing frozen treat on a hot summer day subject you to getting diabetes? Horrid, really. Anyway, enough negative thoughts… that’s why we’re all here. We’re looking for a positive alternative. Something delicious, nutritious, easy, quick, and cheap to make. Great news: it’s here and it’s kinda ridiculously easy, with a ton less sugar than if you used fruit juice as the base, which probably still has less sugar than those nasty frankenpops from the grocery store. Not only is this popsicle recipe quick and easy, the variations are practically endless! Not to mention how refreshing and hydrating that coconut water is with all of the electrolytes it contains!
I picked out these BPA-free popsicle molds from Amazon because they catch any drips and you can slurp out any excess liquid that happens to melt if you’re not eating it fast enough or if it’s disgustingly hot that particular day! But really, no special equipment is required. You could totally use small paper cups and old-school wooden popsicle sticks if you wanted to! If you’re making these popsicles with kids, of course they’ll love the colors and presentation of the popsicle molds, but really, at the end of the day, they’re excited to be eating something unique that they helped make!
- 1 11-oz. carton coconut water
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, cut into friendly bite-sized pieces
- Divide fruit evenly between eight popsicle molds, alternating flavors and colors of fruit within each popsicle to make each bite different and exciting. Try to leave the center clear toward the top of the molds so that your sticks can be placed in easily.
- Top up the popsicle molds with your favorite brand of coconut water—I like CoCo Libre Organic Coconut Water—or fresh young coconut water if you like.
- Place the sticks/tops on the popsicle molds and put in the freezer until frozen, about 4 hours.
- * Feel free to use WHATEVER fruit you like! I like to use a mix of fresh or frozen berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Pineapple and kiwi are also fun! Peaches, cherries... you name it!
- * And if you aren't looking for big chunks of fruit in your popsicles, feel free to blend the fruit up with the coconut water and freeze it like that! (Or just mix fruit juice and coconut water to taste... it'll help cut some of the juice's high sugar content.)
- * Feeling a little zesty? Stir in a bit of citrus zest! Want something creamier? Use coconut milk instead of coconut water! Go bananas! Or maybe you want something a little savory? Try cucumber and mint, or carrot and ginger!
- * And if a little more sweetness is desired, you can also mix in a touch of honey, agave nectar, or a few drops of stevia to the coconut water before pouring it into the popsicle molds.
Additional healthy coconut water popsicle recipes:
Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicle recipe [SuperHealthyKids.com]
White Peach, Kiwi, Coconut Water Popsicles [GourmandeInTheKitchen.com]
Carrot-Ginger Coconut Water Popsicle recipe [TheNewPotato.com]
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