Mango Coconut Popsicles

Mango coconut popsicles
Starting anything is always hard. Why do you think everyone needs it to be January 1st to start anything – a new diet/fitness plan, new financial way of living, new outlook on life…? It’s because it’s hard! It’s scary to start something because that means you have to commit to something; you think about all the effort that has to go into, all the things that can go wrong with it, and all the doubts and unknowns to come along with it. I get it. It was hard for me to start this blog, so no judgment please. I mean, you can judge my video shooting/editing/everything skills, but that’s it, OK? But really, the video – it’s a cry for help! But for real, if you’re good at stuff like that, and want to help me out, let me know – you shall be well compensated with food and gratitude (and maybe some $$ if you’re REAL good)! The sad part is that it cost me a ton of time, effort, and some gray hairs from stress. I apologize for the stretched out nature of it.

Look at those vibrantly creamy mango coconut popsicles

So I mentioned that I get obsessed with things easily. My most recent obsession has been POPSICLES. I know it’s nothing new or original, but allow me to elaborate. I drink tons of smoothies (sometimes they’re milkshakes, but I call them smoothies to feel a little better about drinking them in the morning). For the most part, I make them pretty healthy – a good dose of fruit, add some yogurt or cottage cheese, sneak in some spinach or cauliflower, boost it with some oatmeal and/or protein powder, and give it a good whirl. Tasty and healthy, right? Then I toyed with the idea of freezing the smoothies so I can make a big batch once and eat it for a couple of days. One momentous day, I was eating a popsicle from Trader Joes (I frequent TJs 2-3 times a week, and make friends with the employees), and that’s when I stumbled upon my newest obsession. Immediately logged into my friend’s amazon prime account and ordered me a popsicle mold. That whole story was just to explain why my first post is about a popsicle. Plus, coconut anything has been a food obsession of mine for a little while. PLUS, with this hot weather, what more could you want than something that makes you feel like you’re on vacation? Congratulations, you have happened upon a winner!

 

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Depending on your popsicle mold and how many mangoes you used, you may have some leftover mango puree and coconut milk concoction. I did, and was totally not mad about. Here are a few options for what to do with them

  • Just eat/drink them straight out of the mixing bowl (this is what I did, and it’s highly recommended)
  • Add them to your yogurt with some granola and fruit tomorrow morning
  • Save them and make more popsicles once the first batch is complete
  • Throw them away (highly NOT recommended; don’t do this one!)

And that’s a wrap, folks. Now go make some popsicles to fight this heat! And if you’re somewhere cool, that’s ok, popsicles are great for all weather!!

Mango Coconut Popsicles
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 mangoes
  2. 1 tbspn coconut water (or any liquid)
  3. 1 tbspn honey*
  4. 1 can coconut milk **
  5. 1 pinch salt (optional)
  6. ½ tspn vanilla extract (optional)
  7. ¼ cup simple syrup ***
Instructions
  1. Peel and roughly chop mangoes into cubes.
  2. Blend mango cubes and coconut water until smooth. Mix in honey. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix coconut milk, salt, vanilla, and simple syrup.
  4. Fill popsicle molds about a quarter full with the mango puree. Fill about half way with the coconut milk. Repeat (one more mango layer; one more coconut milk layer); Gently swirl.
  5. Freeze for 4 hours.
  6. To remove popsicles, fill sink (or large enough pot) with hot water. Submerge popsicle mold in hot water (try not to let water cover the top) for about 15 seconds. If the popsicles don't slide out pretty easily, dunk 'em in for a little longer.
  7. Enjoy
Notes
  1. * You can adjust the amount of sweetener to your taste buds and according to how sweet/ripe your mangoes are
  2. ** I used regular coconut milk. You can you coconut cream or a light coconut milk depending on your dietary preference. You’ll can a creamier pop with the cream and more of an icy one with a lighter version
  3. *** add ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water to a small pot over medium heat; swirl pot or stir occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Again this is to your taste, so you can add more or less if you’d like, just keep in mind that it’s a one to one ratio of water to sugar.
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