I’m straight-up obsessed with cherries this summer. I buy them by the five-pound bag (no, seriously). Cherries are pretty amazing because they’re high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, plus other nutrients like potassium and beta-carotene. Antioxidants? You bet.
Also, they just scream SUMMER to me! But it’s hard to eat a five-pound bag of cherries before they go bad, so freezing them into popsicles just seemed like the logical thing to do. These coconut-cherry popsicles couldn’t be easier to make. They’re filled with awesome, healthy fat from the coconut milk (which means they’re incredibly satisfying and won’t leave you all sugared up) and the cherries give them sweetness and a little tart bite. YUM.
You’ll Need (makes 5-6 small popsicles):
One 14-oz. can coconut milk
30-40 pitted cherries
Throw your pitted cherries in a blender. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, just slice the cherries in half and pull out the pit with your hands. You can also just use your hands to break the cherry in half and dig out the pit, but don’t wear your favorite shirt!
Add the can of coconut milk and blend for a few seconds.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Eat on a hot summer day!
I actually had one for breakfast this morning (along with a hard-boiled egg and some smoked salmon – gotta get that protein/fat!). Such a nice way to start the day! Oh, and if you haven’t bought yourself some popsicle molds yet, what are you waiting for?!
A couple weeks after buying these popsicle sticks, I got mad at myself for not making them a part of my life sooner.
People, listen up: popsicle molds need to be a part of your life right now. Why pay for store-bought popsicles with lots of sugar and artificial ingredients when you can make your own with fun, delicious flavors?
I picked these specific molds based on good reviews, the fun shape/size, and the price, and they’re fabulous. I love being able to take one out of the freezer without accidentally defrosting them all. I give them a thumbs up.
On the flavor side, it’s nearly impossible to create a BAD popsicle. Anything that you can make into a smoothie, you can make into a popsicle. But you can also just use juice or a mixture of juices (I try to find 100% juice/lower sugar juices when possible).
So far, I’ve made lemonade popsicles (made with TJ’s low calories lemonade), Arnold Palmer popsicles, blueberries ‘n’ cream popsicles (either coconut milk or half and half plus blueberry juice), and my latest creation… the margarita popsicle.
It’s super simple. Just mix 1 part tequila to 2 parts margarita mix, then add a dash of lime. Stir well (so the alcohol doesn’t separate) and freeze right away.
SO refreshing and couldn’t be easier.
Two Arnold Palmers and four margarita popsicles. YUM.
I know there are probably a million popsicle recipes floating around. Do you have a favorite homemade popsicle recipe?