It’s hot outside and cold treats are in order! Remember the sound of the ice cream truck, you could detect that creepy music from 5 miles away. Funny, you couldn’t hear your Mom calling your name from across the street, but that truck sang one note and you started begging for a dollar. Sorry, Mom.
Firecrackers, Push Ups, and Screwballs were some of my favs. Umm, as I type this I realize that these names are far less appropriate than I remember.
Healthy & Delicious Coconut Popsicles
Today we’re re-imagining the Firecracker Pop with our coconut popsicles made with creamy and delicious coconut milk. These are sophisticated enough to serve to your friends at a party, and taste so good your kids will ask for more. The upgrades to the old school Firecracker include:
No processed sugars
Low FODMAP ingredients
Free of artificial colors and dyes (the research on the impact of dyes on our kiddos is scary)
Cute Kid Approved!
I recommend this coconut milk because of its free of additive, has a creamy texture, and superior flavor. For those who can’t tolerate Guar Gum choose the “simple” option. You can snag a 12 pack from Amazon:
Need Popsicle Molds? These are BPA Free and have a 5-star rating on Amazon:
Thoughts on Sweetness
The recipe calls for 2-3 TBSP honey (or another sweetener). Two tablespoons create a subtle sweetness, while three delivers a more “traditionally” sweet popsicle flavor. For kids who are used to sweet treats, 3 TBSP is probably the way to go. For those who love the flavor of coconut, or don’t need their treats super sweet, 2 TBSP is perfect.
If you are eating a no sugar added diet, these are great without any sweetener, the flavor profile leans more coconut with this option, which I love.
SIBO, Low FODMAPS, IBS Friendly
I have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), To manage my condition I choose to eat foods low in FODMAPS. FODMAPS are short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that cause digestive pain for those with certain issues including IBS and SIBO. Research has shown that eating a low FODMAP diet helps manage symptoms effectively.
This recipe is agreeable for most following a Low FODMAP diet. You’ll want to choose maple syrup for your sweetener, as it has a lower FODMAP value than honey. You can use other fruits to make these pops, just be sure to choose those that are low in FODMAPS. I’m going to try raspberries next!
- Popsicle molds. Recipe makes about 8 full-size popsicles
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- strawberries, 1 cup diced
- blueberries, 1 cup
- 2-3 TBSP sweetener (honey, maple syrup, etc)
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- To create popsicle with all three colors shining though, you'll need to blend each ingredient separately. If that's not important to you, you can blend them all in one step.
- Place blueberries and 1 TBSP Sweetener in a blender or food processes, pulse lightly. They just need to be smashed, not fully liquefied. Set in small dish and place in freezer while blending other two layers.
- Next, repeat step 2 with strawberries.
- Add coconut milk to the blender with 1 TBSP sweetener and vanilla extract, blend until mixed well.
- Next, you'll layer each into popsicle molds. Fill mold with strawberry, coconut, and then blueberry, repeat until the mold is full. Have fun with it, layer it any way you like. It's tie dye for popsicles!
- Note: You'll probably have a bit of coconut milk remaining, I place it in the fridge and use it in my coffee:)
- Place molds in freezer for 4-6 hours.
- To release popsicles from the mold, run the mold under hot water for 30 seconds until the pop releases from the mold.
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