What’s not to love about refreshing flavors, bright colors, and natural ingredients? Thanks to our Pineapple Coconut Ice Pops, you can have it all and enjoy every bite without the guilt! These are the perfect treat to have any time of year, as the tangy pineapple, sweet sorghum syrup, and tantalizing coconut milk masterfully combine to provide this year’s most coveted treat. These ice pops make for a perfect movie night snack, outdoor party favor, or late-night dessert, and we love dishing them up whenever we get the chance! With so many things to love about these all-natural, vegan treats, everyone is sure to snatch them up in a hurry. In addition to the fabulous flavors, we appreciate that this recipe features some of our favorite fresh ingredients (like pineapple and coconut), while highlighting sorghum syrup, a natural sweetener. This sweetener adds an earthy flavor that complements the pineapple and coconut while balancing out any acidity and providing nutrients like iron, calcium, and potassium.
While these ice pops are deliciously sweet and wonderfully refreshing, they also pack a powerful nutrition punch. Thanks to the coconut, this recipe is rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. But, unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free, which makes it a good substitute for those suffering with lactose intolerance. For this reason, it’s a popular choice among vegans; it also makes a great base for smoothies and milkshakes, or as a dairy alternative in baking. In addition to the health benefits of the coconut, the pineapple included in these ice pops are also very beneficial for your health. Studies have suggested that liquids containing pineapple, carrot, or orange juice have optimal antioxidant potential and therefore possess antioxidant properties with potential health benefits (1). Antioxidants help protect the body from damage by free radicals, molecules that can cause cellular damage. So, why not help your body fight with antioxidants by getting them through consuming a delicious ice pop! With such amazing flavors, health-promoting properties, and substantial nutrition content, these won’t disappoint and are guaranteed to be the perfect ice-cold treat for any time.
Traid to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to the Sorghum Checkoff. However,we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own. (1) Awolu OO, Badejo AA, Fagbemi TN, et al. Development of functional beverages from blends of Hibiscus sabdariffa extract and selected fruit juices for optimal antioxidant properties. Food Science and Nutrition. 2016 Jan 15;4(5):679-85. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27625770.