Strawberry Coconut Popsicles


When strawberries are not in season they can still be enjoyed as snacks or desserts. Blending frozen berries and coconut milk is a natural indulgence. Removing the dairy from this recipe means you are less likely to gain weight from it. (But it still tastes really creamy!) You will have a hard time believing that each popsicle has a mere 73 calories.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Strawberries are the most popular berry and with good reason. They are seasonal but delicious when consumed fresh. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and the good flavonoids of quercetin and kaempferol, both of which promote the good type of cholesterol and reduce atherosclerosis. Strawberries are heavily fertilized which is why they are on the Dirty Dozen list, so only buy organic.

 

Coconut milk is made from the inner “meat” of the tropical coconut. It is actually a fruit, not a nut like the name implies. The “conventional nutrition” wisdom that claims that coconut milk is unhealthy because it has fat is false. In fact, the coconut has healing properties because of its healthy fat content. Coconut milk and coconut oil are both high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients benefit from the MCT fats. And Alzheimer’s has a strong link to diabetes with some doctors even calling it “Type 3” diabetes.

 

Stevia is native to South America but is being cultivated around the world.  It is a natural plant that happens to be quite sweet.  Stevia has no calories, when used in a pure extract form, does not cause dental problems, like sugar, and has been shown to reduce post postprandial blood sugar spikes.  A study done by a panel of medical doctors at the University of Florida found that those participants in the stevia group consumed much less food than compared to those in the sugar group.  They also found that the stevia group had much lower postprandial blood sugar levels than the sugar group did.  Amazon and some grocery stores have the pure liquid stevia extract.  Avoid Stevia In The Raw® at all costs – it has dextrose in it.  Dextrose is a sugar (easy to spot since it ends in -ose) derived from corn, one of the top six inflammatory foods.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

If you have a blender, this will be the hardest working component to this delicious snack. Simply measure out the ingredients, blend and pour into your popsicle molds. Maybe the hardest part of this recipe is the waiting. It will take 6 or more hours before you can enjoy these guilt-free treats.

It’s good practice to pull out all the ingredients you need before cooking to simplify your efforts. The French call this practice mise en place which translates to “putting in place”. It is practiced in restaurants and taught to chefs in culinary school.

If you have a weaker blender, it will help to defrost your strawberries beforehand. This can be done quickly in the microwave or simply move them from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before. For those fortunate enough to have a Vitamix blender, you can throw your berries in completely frozen.

Place all the ingredients in your blender. Turn your blender on a medium speed setting and work up to higher speeds if the ingredients are not combining. Once combined, pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Place the tops on them and place in the freezer for 6 or more hours. These hold up well for weeks. Rinse the frozen treats under warm water to slip out of the molds.

Substitution: Goat yogurt or goat milk can be used in place of the coconut milk. Whenever we have some extra goat milk on-hand and want to use it before it spoils, freezing it as a treat is a great use. Frozen goat milk or yogurt will keep for several months before going bad. In the refrigerator, goat products usually only last a week.

Substitution: All berries are great for diabetics. If you do not have strawberries, you can use any combination of blackberries, raspberries, marionberries or blueberries. Fresh or frozen both work great for these treats.

Substitution: If you can find real local honey, that can be used in place of the stevia. Unfortunately, most mass-produced, store-bought honey is not real honey at all. Or it has been so heavily processed that the good healing parts are long gone. Search for real locally made honey on LocalHarvest.org.

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
When strawberries are not in season they can still be enjoyed as snacks or desserts. Blending frozen berries and coconut milk is a natural indulgence. Removing the dairy from this recipe means you are less likely to gain weight from it. (But it still tastes really creamy!) You will have a hard time believing that each popsicle has a mere 73 calories.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 oz
Ingredients
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, 1.25 cups
  • Liquid Stevia, to taste OR Local Honey, 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla Extract, 1 tsp
  • Coconut Milk, from a can, ¾ cup
Instructions
  1. Optional: Defrost frozen berries the night before.
  2. Place the strawberries, vanilla extract, coconut milk and stevia or honey in a blender. I usually start with 3-4 droppers of stevia.
  3. Blend ingredients until combined.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds (6X).
  5. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

 

Photo by  Rob Bertholf and John Revo Puno.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Rate this recipe: