Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Pretty Pleeeease" Popsicles

     We all know it is ridiculously hot outside in most states - especially Texas - 106 today!! Why not cool off with tasty popsicles that are so much better for you than those found at the grocery store - most of those have food colorings and preservatives.  Once you make either of these popsicle recipes at home, you, your kiddos, & your friends will be saying "pretty pleeeease" to make even more of these delightful & cooling pops!

     Most everyone enjoys chocolate (I know I do!), so let's start with the chocolate, fudgy, almost "girl scout cookie" pops! The pictures for the ready-to-eat popsicles are at the end...please be patient...I had to be! :-)

#1 Samoa Pops

Tasty ingredients to make Your Fudgy Pops!
Try not to eat too many chocolate chips while making
these little guys...although, I have no idea of anyone
who would do that anyway! ;-)

Chocolate Chips & Coconut Oil Melting over a Pot of Boiling Water
All the yummy ingredients combined together!

1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 + 3/4 cups coconut milk (canned or from a carton)
1/4 cup organic finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Melt the chocolate & oil in a bowl placed over a small pot of boiling water just until it melts. Turn off the heat & whisk in the coconut milk. Stir in coconut flakes. Cool mixture before pouring it into the molds to freeze. Yields 8 small popsicles. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

...next popsicle, please step up & freeze...

#2 Coconut-Lime-Basil Pops

Such a Refreshing Combination!
This Basil is from our very own backyard!

Allowing the flavors to infuse!

Ah, love the Vitamix - I'm gonna miss my
favorite kitchen appliance!

Ingredients for Coconut-Basil-Lime Pops:

1 + 2/3 cup coconut milk (carton or can is fine)
1/4 cup agave or brown rice syrup
4-5 leaves basil
Juice of 1 lime, including pulp

Warm the coconut milk, agave, and basil in a small saucepan to infuse the basil flavor into the milk and to integrate the sweetness. Next, blend the coconut milk, agave, and basil in a blender for 1-2 minutes until basil is shredded. Finally, add the lime juice and pulp. Blend once again.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze at least 2 hours. Yields 8 small popsicles.

Filling the Popsicle Molds - each mold was only $2 at the grocery store!
...Sweet Treats ready to be put in the freezer for a few hours...

Mmmm...what a fun project to do on my lunch break!
Personally, my favorite pop was the CBL!
"Pretty Pleeeease" treat yourself to these sweet little treats!?
You'll be so happy you did!

Recipes inspired by Complicatarian - check her out - these coconut-basil-lime pops made it to the top 5 finalists for
Yum Universe's Recipe Contest!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, Katie! I look forward to trying these with my daughter. Your blog is great. Why don't you contact vitamix to see if they will send you one to continue your recipe testing?