Happy first day of Spring! Since it seems like Summer sneaks up on us pretty quickly I thought I’d share with you a popsicle recipe that will take you away to your own private tropical paradise…
Ha, just kidding. You’re still here.
Anywho, these coconut pineapple mango (Phew! That is a mouthful) “Tropsicles”, as I like to call them, really hit the spot if your kids are wanting something cold and delicious on a scorching summer’s day. And they only have three ingredients! How easy is that? Coconut water is the perfect way to stay hydrated. Coconut water also replenishes lost electrolytes from sweating. Ew. The pineapple and mango add just the right amount of sweetness. An awesome bonus is that there is no added sugar!
*Warning!* Rant! Can companies please stop putting added sugar in something that is already supposed to be sweet? I don’t feel like it is that hard anymore to make something taste really good without adding more unnecessary sugar! Okay. Rant over.
I love popsicles because they are so easy to make and kids think they are so much fun! One of my favorites parts of summer when I was a child was getting out of the pool to enjoy a nice, cold popsicle. Now I can’t wait to watch my children enjoy the same thing!
I had some coconut pineapple popsicles the other day and while they tasted okay the pineapple in them was mushy and overly sweet. They also had other unnecessary ingredients which is why I decided to make my own!
Okay, let’s do this. You’ll need: (You might need a little more or less liquids depending on the molds you have.)
- 1 cup of Coconut water
- 1 cup of Pineapple juice
- 1 Mango
- 1 Popsicle mold
Mix the two liquids into a measuring pitcher. It is easier to pour the liquids into the molds that way.
I was using a funnel at first but I realized it wasn’t necessary. You want to fill your molds about 2/3 full so you can add the mango to it.
When choosing a mango you want to pick it up and squeeze it a little bit. It needs to be firm but have a small amount to give to it. When you cut it open it should be a bright orangey-yellow color, like this…
Mangoes are a little tricky to cut but this video is super helpful! Plus, his accent is fun to listen to.
Next, cut your mango into tiny chunks. They will fall to the bottom of the mold but it will still taste fabulous.
Now add a small handful of mango chucks to each popsicle mold. Make sure to leave a little room at the top for the popsicles to expand when they freeze. Don’t ask me how, go ask science. 😉
Put the tops on and pop them into the freezer!
Make sure to store the rest of your pineapple juice in a glass container. After the can has been opened it is not safe to store something so acidic in the tin can that it came in. You can read why here.
A few hours later your kiddos (and mom, if you so desire) are ready to hydrate and enjoy a tropical summer treat!
I was so thrilled with how these turned out. While I was taking the pictures I could smell the pineapple juice! It was so tempting to not just eat them right off the plate before I was finished taking pictures of them.
The mango chucks froze beautifully in the popsicle. When I tried the popsicle, the mango had stayed nice and firm. You taste more coconut water than pineapple juice but that was alright by me. If you want more of a pineapple flavor make the measurements 1 1/2 cups of pineapple juice and 1/2 a cup of coconut water.
Hope this recipe makes your summer more memorable!
What kind of summer treats do your kids love? Share yours in the comments!