Perfect Pops for the Heat
Meet our latest obsession–the make-your-own popsicle! We love these healthy treats because they are made with natural ingredients and refreshing flavors. Our Pineapple Coconut Ice Pops are perfect for dessert, an afternoon snack or an outdoor party favor. Each guilt-free bite is filled with tangy pineapple, sweet sorghum syrup, and tantalizing coconut milk that masterfully combine to provide this summer’s most coveted vegan treat. Our pops use only natural sweeteners, such as sorghum syrup, which adds an earthy flavor that complements the pineapple and coconut while balancing out any acidity and providing nutrients like iron, calcium, and potassium. Easy to make and filled with nutrients, the only hard part is waiting for them to freeze!
Nutrient Booster: Coconut + Pineapple
Coconut milk has recently become a tasty alternative to cow’s milk and provides a number of health benefits. While these ice pops are deliciously sweet and wonderfully refreshing, the coconut milk in this recipe increases the nutritional value of these delicious pops. The milk has a thick consistency and a rich, creamy texture, thanks to the coconut’s natural fat. The unique fatty acids in coconut milk may improve immune function, reduce risk for heart disease and improve skin and hair health. It is also a good source of iron and zinc. In a recent study, researchers concluded that the fat found in coconut milk does not have any detrimental effects on lipid profile and actually lowered bad (LDL) cholesterol while simultaneously raising good (HDL) cholesterol.
Pineapples are tropical fruit that are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. Since they contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese, they are excellent at healing and revitalizing our immune system. Pineapples are also a source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 as well as folate, all of which help maintain a healthy body. Researchers have found that multiple cells in the immune system collect vitamin C and use it to perform their task of keeping the body functioning at optimal levels. These researchers also found that supplementation of vitamin C can reduce the length of the common cold. What better way to celebrate the back-to-school season than with an immune boosting ice pop!
Pineapple Coconut Ice Pops
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 (14 oz) can light, unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tbsp sorghum syrup, or honey
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 1/4 dash sea salt, optional
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional
- High Speed Blender
- Ice Pop Molds (6)
In a blender add pineapple chunks, unsweetened coconut milk, sorghum syrup, coconut extract, and sea salt. Blend until smooth.
Stir shredded coconut into the mixture and distribute evenly between the ice pop molds.
Freeze pops until solid, approximately 3 hours. Serve frozen.
Serving size: 3 oz, Calories: 75 calories, Fat: 4 grams, Saturated fat: 4 grams,Carbohydrates: 9 grams, Sugar: 7 grams, Sodium: 13 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram,Protein: 1 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Triad 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.