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Recipe: These coconut ice pops are paradise

Sweat drips from your temple the moment your foot hits the Florida pavement. As your mouth starts to dry up, becoming the next Sierra Desert, thoughts start to run rampant through a list of common aliments to solve your heat-stricken problem.

Traditionally, one would grab a sweet pick-me-up, such as a 7-Eleven Slurpee or a bubbly iced soft drink, but those simply leave you on a sugar high. In due time you will crash.

Simply solve this predicament by making your own strawberry coconut paradise ice pops. The chilly satisfaction from these creamy vegan delights will leave your body in much appreciation. The added bonus is that these pops are naturally sweetened with fruit and honey, so you can forget about the sugar and caffeine slump.

Strawberry ingredients:

16 ounces of strawberries (typical size found at supermarkets)

1⁄4 cup of water

Honey to taste (Up to you how sweet you would like the bars)

Coconut ingredients:

1 can of unsweetened coconut milk

1 ripe banana

1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Honey to taste (Up to you how sweet you would like the bars)

 

Strawberry directions:

1. Clean the strawberries

2. Remove the stems and slice in half

3. Add strawberries and water to a blender or food processor until liquefied.

4. For sweetness, add honey to taste.

5. Pour liquid in a freezer-safe bowl and place in a freezer. Stir the mixture every 20 minutes until partially frozen. The consistency needs to be thick enough to keep both strawberry and coconut separated when poured into the same mold.

Coconut directions:

1. Add coconut milk, a banana and coconut flakes in a blender or food processor until liquefied.

2. For sweetness, add honey to taste.

3. Pour liquid in a freezer safe bowl and place in a freezer. Stir the mixture every 20 minutes until partially frozen. The consistency needs to be thick enough to keep both strawberry and coconut separated when poured into the same mold.

 

Assembly:

1. Using a Popsicle mold, interchange pouring the mixtures in each ice pop mold until they are filled. Add

as many layers as you’d like. (I made three layers.)

2. Place the sticks in the molds

3. Place in the freezer until frozen solid. Approximately 5 hours.

 

Note: If you do not have a Popsicle mold, an ice tray with toothpicks or paper cups with Popsicle sticks will do the

trick!

About The Author

Aubrie Gerber

Aubrie Gerber is a senior studying journalism with a minor in marketing at FGCU and is the Entertainment and Lifestyle editor for Eagle News. She just completed a 9-month internship with the Taste section at The News-Press where she filmed, photographed and wrote about all things foodie related happening in Southwest Florida. When she isn’t reporting, this travelholic can be found at local farmers markets or venturing out of her way to taste the next best thing. (Follow Aubrie on Twitter: @AubrieGerber)

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