I am sharing a fun and EASY summertime treat at The Balanced Platter today, Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles. Enjoy!
* * * * *
When hot weather rolls around we like to make popsicles. Lots and lots of them. They are the treat of choice after a romp in the sprinkler, while reading a book in the shade, or after a soccer game. To make this batch of popsicles, I combined coconut water with seasonal fruit to make an extra refreshing treat. The natural sweetness of coconut water pairs beautifully with so many flavors!
There are three kids in the house, so I mixed three different flavors of their choosing: Coconut Water-Wild Berry, Coconut Water-Pineapple, and Mixed Berry with Coconut Water. The coconut water used for the mixed berry had bits of coconut pulp in it which made a delicious addition. I can’t wait to try coconut water popsicles with mango, strawberry, melons or peaches.
Kids can help with each step of this recipe. My youngest even picked the mulberries and blackberries for the Wild Berry pops. Children can crush the fruit or add full berries to the popsicle molds, measure, pour, stir, help fill the popsicle molds, and insert the sticks.
Don’t have popsicle molds? You can use all type of containers to freeze popsicles. I used 3 ounce paper cups for our molds. After placing the filled cups into a baking pan for stability, cover the pan with foil. The foil doesn’t touch the popsicle filling, but it will hold popsicle sticks upright while freezing. After lightly patting the top of the foil, I was able to determine where the tops of the cups were. And adult or older child can then pierce the foil in the center of each cup marking. This will allow the popsicle stick to get through the foil. After freezing, simply tear the cup away.
Other Frozen Treats:
Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles
Makes six 3-ounce popsicles
- 1 cup crushed fruit
- 1 cup coconut water
- Mix crushed fruit and coconut water together. Scoop into popsicle molds evenly distributing fruit.
- Add popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. The amount of time needed will be determined by your freezer and the size popsicle molds used. I find that popsicles set to freeze in the morning are usually solid in time for an afternoon treat.
Whole Fruit Variation: Place whole smaller berries or chopped fruit into popsicle molds. Pour coconut water over fruit until almost full. Add popsicle stick and freeze.