These vegan strawberry popsicles contain four simple ingredients for a refreshing and delicious frozen summertime treat!
How do you find ways to keep cool during the summertime? We don’t have a pool in our backyard, just an inflatable hippo pool that baby James can splash around in. The next best thing to beat the heat are some popsicles!
There’s a shaved ice guy who drives past our block and plays steel drum reggae music, so all the kids know when he’s cruising by. I saw him just the other day, and tropical music inspired me to make my own frozen treats right at home. These easy strawberry coconut popsicles contain just four ingredients, for a simple and refreshing solution, and everyone can enjoy!
Strawberries are ripe and in abundance right now, so I try to add them to anything I can. How about you? They are the perfect tropical pairing with toasted coconut flakes, yum! I’ve been looking for some healthier sweet treats for my family. Homemade popsicles do the trick! You can control what you add in and create fun mixtures of flavors and textures.
With a quick whirl in your blender, fresh strawberries, coconut milk, and toasted coconut flakes form a nice layer for the popsicles. I like to add a small amount of coconut milk to separate the strawberry layers to make them look even yummier. Some extra toasted coconut sprinkled on the bottom adds some extra surprise texture when taking your last few bites.
Making popsicles at home is fun because you can use your imagination! If you’ve got little ones, get them involved in popsicle making too, they will have a blast! Popsicles are just good as an end of the day treat. If you are looking for a spin on your typical breakfast routine, give these portable yogurt granola popsicles a try.
How is the texture affected by adding coconut milk and strawberries?
If you are looking for a popsicle that is easier to bite, adding more solids like the fruit pieces and creamy coconut milk prevents the popsicle from freezing into a hard ice cube. However, these dissolved solids and sweeteners like maple syrup require a longer time for the popsicle to harden and hold their shape, about 6 hours. The addition of the coconut milk and strawberries helps the popsicles melt more quickly in the mouth for an instant yum factor!
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Vegan Strawberry Popsicles
- ½ cup coconut, shredded, unsweetened
- 2 cups strawberries, fresh, plus 8 sliced strawberries ¼-inch thick
- 13.5 ounces coconut milk, unsweetened, divided, (1 can)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or agave syrup
- In a small pan add shredded coconut and toast over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Shake the pan every minute to distribute for even toasting. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.
- To a blender add 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and about ¼ cup toasted coconut flakes. Puree for about 30 seconds, with some small strawberry pieces remaining. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
- In an 8 piece serving mold, add one strawberry slice to the bottom of each mold. Add each popsicle layer in the following order: 1 tablespoon strawberry mix, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, 1 tablespoon strawberry mix, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, 1 tablespoon strawberry mix, 1 teaspoon coconut milk, and 1 teaspoon toasted coconut flakes.
- Put the cover on the mold and insert the popsicle sticks about halfway. Freeze until completely frozen, about 6 hours or overnight.
- To remove the popsicle, use warm water over the molds for about 10 seconds, then pull the sticks to carefully withdraw the popsicle. Repeat the water process as needed.
- Eat immediately or transfer pops to small individual plastic bags and freeze right away.
- Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or desired sweetener) for a sweeter popsicle.
- You can use sweetened coconut flakes if unsweetened are not available. Keep a close eye on the browning when toast, it may require less time.
- Boxed coconut milk can be used as a substitute, however the pops will be more icy and less creamy.
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