Now that we have settled in here in California, I'm getting back in the kitchen and restocking all of the homemade necessities we love... including popsicles. Yep, popsicles are definitely a necessity this time of year. Especially if you happen to be pregnant!
It's been incredibly hot here and we've been spending a lot of time in the water at the river or lake. We've also been cooling down with plenty of healthy popsicles.
There are so many reasons to make your own popsicles. Most importantly, you get to control the ingredients! Check out what's in the average popsicle at the grocery store:
water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, strawberry juice (from concentrate), sugar, contains 1 percent or less of each of the following: malic acid, citric acid, guar gum, locust bean gum, red 40, artificial flavor
Obviously, I'm not about to let my kiddos eat these everyday. There are all kinds of things in them that I'm just not ok with. Even the ingredients in "natural" fruit pops aren't great:
Mango, water, cane sugar, natural stabilizers (guar gum, carob bean gum, carrageenan), citric acid
At home it's much easier to make a nutritious fruit pop that I don't mind my kids eating every day (ok, sometimes twice a day). I get to use organic fruit and a little raw honey if needed, plus I can add veggies whenever I want!
I made these yummy popsicles since I was in the mood for something creamy. Since mangos and pineapple are both super sweet, there is no need for any additional sweetener in the fruit layer. I did add honey to the coconut milk to even out the sweetness of the fruit. You'll find it helpful to chill the coconut milk in this recipe. It will layer better the thicker it is. This recipe will make 4 4oz popsicles (or 2 cups) so adjust accordingly for your molds.
Dairy Free Mango Pineapple Creamsicles
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup fresh or frozen mango
2/3 cup coconut milk, chilled
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
Combine mango and pineapple in blender and run on high until smooth.
In a small bowl, mix vanilla, honey and coconut.
Add in your stick/top and freeze.