These healthy and refreshing Coconut Strawberry Popsicles are naturally sweetened, vegan and paleo, and the fun colour swirl makes them a favorite with kids!
It must be a final and definite sign of summer's arrival (or at the very least, of winter's leaving) when I am craving popsicles. I mean, I have nothing against popsicles all year round, but when I am already chilled to the bone, frozen dessert just isn't on my mind much. It makes sense that popsicles are devoured during the summer months; they're cool, tasty, and refreshing.
Coinciding with warmer weather are fresh and affordable berries in the supermarkets - though unfortunately, not yet locally grown. Come on - the snow is just off the ground here (and being in Calgary, there usually is a little more snow to come on the upcoming May long weekend). We can cut them some slack. Still, the popsicle-to-fresh-berries timing is on point.
Super Simple and You Can Use Your Own Sweetener Strategy
These popsicles are super simple to make and healthy on top! Just coconut milk (use the full fat kind), ripe strawberries, and a little sweetener.
I am utilizing the natural sweet, nutty flavor of coconut milk and fresh, ripe strawberries. To help the sweetness along just a little bit, I added only a few drops of stevia extract. If you prefer sweeter popsicles, you can stir in a couple tablespoons of honey as well.
Simply puree the strawberries, add sweetener and mix half of the puree with the coconut milk. When filling the popsicle molds, alternate the strawberry coconut milk with the strawberry puree to create a popping swirl pattern.
Freeze and enjoy!
A Couple Quick Tips
As we all know, popsicles are finnicky things. Nevertheless, they are delicious and refreshing enough to warrant the extra effort.
The first tip is to run them under warm water when pulling them out of the freezer. This is important because of science! As such, when you warm them slightly on the outside with water, the cold inside loosens up. Why? Well, if you think about it, the casing is freezing coming out of the freezer, so when you warm it up, the delicious popsicles inside will separate from the casing, making them super easy to remove.
Second tip: wash your berries. You want to avoid any pesticides or funny germs that may have gotten on them from being transported from the farm. It only takes a few seconds, and will ensure you're adding that extra bit of safety to your family's dessert.
Finally, have a napkin closeby! These babies can get messy!
Coconut Strawberry Swirl Pops
- 1 can coconut milk 14 oz.
- 2 cups strawberries
- a few drops stevia extract alternatively 2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- Wash and hull the strawberries and puree them in a food processor or blender.
- Stir half of the strawberry puree together with the coconut milk. Sweeten to taste with stevia, honey or maple syrup. Fill the coconut milk into popsicle molds alternating with a little strawberry puree in between.
- Freeze for at least 12 hours. Run molds under warm water before removing popsicles.
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Simple, yet guaranteed to be delicious... can't wait to try these out! Pinned to our "Healthy Desserts" Pinterest board - thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much Adam, also for pinning.
I am just seeing your Canada-based health food site. Have to check it out further 🙂
Thank you Regina! I just sent you a message regarding your givaway contests - please get back to me when you get a chance.
Will frozen strawberries work as well? And is it possible to use paper cups as molds?
Hi Nunu, yes frozen strawberries should work just fine. Just thaw them before blending into the puree.
I am not sure about paper cups for molds. How would you get the frozen popsicles out of them. Maybe by peeling off the paper?
Plastic cups should definitely work. As kids we always used small yogurt containers to make popsicles. Just run them under hot water to remove the popsicles.
Cute pictures, nice blog and recipes. I love it.
Jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It!
Ahhhh, how I love a good fruity popsicle. I love using coconut milk for that extra richness and hint of tropical flavour. These look YUM!!
These look great...both healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing an easy to do summer treat!
Thank you very much Jodee! This is why I love my 'job'. I get to enjoy the fruit of labor, wuite literally 😉