Summer = popsicles. Easy equation. Refreshing, hydrating, fun, tasty. Popsicles are a summer must.
Forget the store bought ones, they are usually loaded with added sugars and artificial colors. You can prepare sweet healthy popsicles at home in few minutes and be in full control of what’s inside.
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite combo: pineapple, coconut, banana, cardamom. Did I mention the recipe is #addedsugarfree and #dairyfree?
Think about it as a kid and baby friendly Pina colada.
You can always make a separate set of popsicles with a spash of rum for you and hubby 🙂
Ready for some tropical vibe?
The procedure is extremely simple. Add all the ingredients in a blender or food processor: coconut cream or milk, banana in pieces, pineapple in chunks, vanilla extract, ground cardamom and sea salt.
Blend for 1-2 minutes up until smooth.
Fill the popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 3 hrs. Enjoy!!
HOW CAN I ADD MORE TEXTURE?
Some kids like popsicles with texture, nice chunks in between creamy texture. If that’s your case you can simply chop half a slice of pineapple in small pieces and add it to the mix once blended. To make the popsicles even more yummy you can also add half handful of chocolate chips.
HOW TO CUT A FRESH PINEAPPLE?
That’s how I do it. I cut the top and bottom first so that I can place the pineapple vertically in a stable way on a cutting board. With a sharp knife I cut the skin, a strip at the time. I try to remove all the skin without cutting out too much pulp.
Once the peel is out, I flip the pineapple horizontally and slice it in thick 1/2 inch slices. I then take each slice and with the tip of the knife I remove the small pieces of skin left on the edges.
Your slice is ready to be enjoyed! I usually do not eat the center of the pineapple, too hard and sometimes a bit bitter. I cut it out.
You might be a pro at cutting pineapples, so let me know if you have a more efficient way to cut it!
POPSICLE MOLDS. WHICH IS THE BEST FOR A BABY OR A TODDLER?
There are so many popsicle mold options available on the market (I selected some favorites for you to check out)! Different sizes, shapes, material. I like both the traditional size like the one I used but I also like to make small popsicles. Many many times my kids ask for a popsicle, take two bites and then look at me with that innocent smile saying “I’m done, thank you!” And I end up finishing a popsicle that maybe was not exactly in my mind. That’s why I decided to find a way to make small 3-4 bites popsicles. Perfect for low appetites, for babies and for toddlers.
Small size popsicle molds are super cute, but I already have the baby food silicone molds! It’s a great way to reuse them after your baby moves from purees to textured food.
I just bought some small popsicle wooden sticks to insert and my mini popsicles were ready in no time!
You can even use small paper cups!
DO I NEED TO USE FRESH PINEAPPLE?
Fresh and ripen pineapples are awesome, they smell good and they taste good! Their natural sweetness is simply awesome. If they are not in season or not easy to find, pre-sliced fresh pineapples will work too. A good alternative can be canned pineapple. My only suggestion is to try to find some without added sugars.
Also, try a piece of pineapple before using it. Their natural sweetness will really make a difference in the final result.
COCONUT CREAM? COCONUT MILK? COCONUT WATER?
For a pina colada creamy texture I used a can of coconut milk and I only used the creamy part, not the liquid one. If you are looking for a less creamy texture you can even use the coconut milk in cartons and for an even lighter version you can use coconut water.
WHY ADDING CARDAMOM?
I’m in love with this spice and I think it really adds an extra level of flavor to the popsicle. Let’s say that it’s not needed for this recipe but it’s highly recommended.
HOW TO REMOVE A POPSICLE FROM A TRADITIONAL MOLD?
The silicone molds are easy to pop out. The traditional popsicle molds can be a bit tricky sometimes. My trick is to run the mold under cold running water for 1 minute right from the freezer. The popsicle will not melt, but it will be easier to slide it out.
PINA COLADA POPSICLE FOR ADULTS?
Once you make enough popsicles for your kids you can add a splash of white rum in the leftover mix and create separate popsicles for adults. Just remember to mark the molds with the adult mix.
MORE POPSICLE RECIPES?
- Frozen Strawberry Yogurt popsicles
- Yogurt & Chocolate popsicle recipe
- Baby popsicles with plums and yogurt recipe
- Blueberries peaches and yogurt popsicles!
- Mango and Banana Popsicle – Pops
- 2 cups pineapple
- 1 cup coconut milk or cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 large ripe banana
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
In a food processor or blender add all the ingredients: coconut, banana, pineapple, vanilla, cardamom and salt.
Blend for 1-2 minutes up until smooth.
Fill the popsicle molds and freeze for at least 3 hrs. Enjoy!