Fourth of July is closely approaching and I’m just beginning to put together a menu for the big day! We’re smoking a brisket all day long with homemade barbecue sauce, grilling up some veggies, and baking some potatoes. Dessert is cherry pie, per my Dad’s request. (Paleo cherry crisp for me!) But I also wanted to make a cold treat to snack on during the day while we hang by the pool. A hot day plus pool loungin’ sounds like the perfect time for popsicles!
These coconut berry ice pops are inspired by those god awful rocket pops that we all know and loved at some point in our lives. But those iconic fourth of july treats are basically just dyed and artificially flavored sugar water and I wasn’t about to go down that route. Filled with healthy fruit, these popsicles are light and creamy from the help of coconut milk. Depending on the sweetness of the fruit you’re using, you may want to add more honey, but I prefer mine on the less sweet side. We’ll save all the sugar for the cherry pie! 😉
Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops
for the red layer:
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen cherries
5 strawberry coconut milk ice cubes*
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
for the white layer:
1 medium frozen banana, cut in chunks
1/4 cup light coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut flakes
for the blue layer:
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon light coconut milk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
*To make strawberry coconut milk ice cubes, blend fresh strawberries with coconut milk and freeze in ice cube trays overnight. Alternatively, omit the strawberries and just freeze the coconut milk.
1. In a blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients for the red layer and pour into popsicle molds, distributing evenly between them. Tap the molds on the counter to ensure there are no air bubbles and using a paper towel, clean up the edges of the popsicle mold so that there is no “red” seeping into the white layer later on. Freeze for at least 10 minutes.
2. Blend together all ingredients for the white layer and pour on top of the previously frozen red layer. Again, bang them on the counter to get out air bubbles and wipe the insides of the molds where the white layer has stuck to. Freeze for at least 10 minutes.
3. Blend together all ingredients for the blue layer and pour on top of the previously frozen white layer. Bang molds on the counter to get out air. Freeze for 5 minutes, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze overnight.
4. To remove popsicles from the molds, run them under warm water for a second or two and they should slide right out. Enjoy, and Happy Fourth of July!!!