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Wednesday
Apr252012

coconut shell fruit popsicles

Ummm, it was 85 degrees here today.

It’s been in the 60’s + 70’s for the past month and a half.

There have been no spring snowstorms.

Something weird is going on around here. 

So let’s celebrate with popsicles. 

Because? 

I’m melllltiiiing!

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Ohhh popsicle mold, how you have been neglected.

Until today and the rest of the summer.

Because this isn’t spring, it’s summer.

And the heat makes me crave fruit like no other.  And the dryness in Colorado makes me feel like I’ve been chewing on cotton balls.

So, instead of using straight juice with the sliced fruit I mixed in Vita Coco Coconut Water for extra hydration. 

And don’t think I’m crazy, but for long bike rides [or runs, swims, etc.] I notice a positive difference in how I feel overall when drinking a 50/50 coconut water + plain water mixture, in comparison to 100% water.  It’s rare that I buy coconut water [pricey!], but Vita Coco was nice enough to send me a few samples.  Instead of just gulping them down I wanted to use them in a recipe.

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But don’t worry, you don’t have to use it in the mix.  I’ll include a few variations at the end of the recipe.

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In a sea of sale-priced green pineapples, I found one glistening, ripe pineapple just waiting to be snatched up.

I have major issues when cutting pineapples.  Not with the actual process but with the fact that I can’t help but eat half of it along the way.  Luckily, I was able to save some for the point of today’s post.

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Oh yeah, and like the post title mentioned these are covered in a coconut shell.

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I’ve been a little coconut happy lately.  Don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Feel free to go at this guy with your teeth or a spoon.

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The shell crunches off when bitten just like popsicles covered in a chocolate shell.  But who needs chocolate when you have coconut?

Okay, I guess I still do but just not today.

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Print this!

Coconut Shell Fruit Popsicles [yields ~4]

*This recipe is slightly vague, as a lot of the measurements will vary depending on the size of your molds and how many popsicles you make.

  • 100% fruit juice, no sugar added [peach, white grape, pineapple, etc.]
  • coconut water
  • 2 kiwis, thinly sliced
  • 3/4c pineapple, thinly sliced
  • 2T coconut butter
  • 2T unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  1. Place as much fruit into the molds as you want.  I packed them to the top, but did not tightly pack.
  2. Pour in half coconut water + half juice.
  3. Freeze until solid.
  4. While freezing, melt the coconut butter + coconut oil in a pan over low heat and stir until smooth.  Pour into a bowl.
  5. Let cool before pouring on the popsicles, but not to the point where it turns back to solid [~75 degrees].
  6. Take the molds out of the freezer and let sit until you are able to slide them out.
  7. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Release the popsicles from the molds, and using a spoon and/or tipping the bowl around, drip the coconut mixture over the popsicle.  It should start to set immediately.
  9. Place on the parchment, then repeat and place in the freezer for just a few minutes before eating.

notes:

  • If biting into frozen fruit is too hard on your teeth, blend the mixture until smooth and pour that into the molds.  Top with the same melted coconut mixture after they’re frozen.
  • You can use all juice, instead of the coconut water/juice mixture.  They will be slightly sweeter.
  • I used a mixture of coconut butter + oil, to produce a nice smooth coating.  Feel free to use 100% coconut butter, or coconut oil.  They will both work.  Coconut butter will add a richer coconut flavor.

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Bring it summer!

Ashley

Reader Comments (31)

Weather where I am has been up and down too - mostly up, but today we have gales & downpours.... However, given my adoration of coconut, I will definitely be making these when the skies clear for me again. They sound so refreshing & I love the idea of a coconut shell. Now I just wish I had a closer store which stocks flaked coconut in bulk rather than in little packets!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
My poor popsicle mold is currently collecting dust! These treats look like a perfect excuse to clean it off. I love frozen pineapple in a coconut treat.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Yesterday I stopped in at the grocery store after going for a run and came home with an arm-full of VitaCoco! I think this is why... :)
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
These are so cute!!! And the coconut shell is a genial idea!!!
Oh that coconut shell looks amazing...luv the fruit idea too...chocolate keeps coming to mind though too! :)

Ashley--> I have a feeling there will be a chocolate version soon. :)
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
This might be my new favorite thing. EVER.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby
Oh my gosh - those are almost too beautiful to eat!!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Yesterday was so hot and lovely. My roommate and I had to sit in front of the fan last night :D
These look so pretty! Flagging these for the menu for my graduation party in June. I have a feeling they'll go great with bubbly ;)
Ashley- OMG! haha seriously, I didn't think coconut water and coconut butter could get better than eating/drinking them on their own. Apparently, I was wrong! I can't wait for the high temps to come back over here b/c these are definitely getting made.
These are gorgeous! Even if they weren't edible I would make them for the decorative value alone. The fact that they, I'm sure, taste delicious is icing on the cake...or rather, coconut on the popsicle.
I've been craving sweet frozen things like NO OTHER, too. Hello, warm weather. I like you. But not as much as I like the looks of these popsicles. I need one of those popsicle mold thingy makers...think they sell them at IKEA?
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I like to mix cocoa powder with coconut butter or oil to make a magic shell. It's awesome and doesn't need sweetener.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne H
girl, i'm melting too...since when did it get this warm in the spring here?! i thought i was going to die of a heat stroke yesterday and even Weston was sweating the moment we stepped outside!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
HOly yum - this looks awesome.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Sassy Molassy
this look so nice and refreshing! perfect treat!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllie@sweetpotatobites
These look so pretty! I can't wait to make homemade popsicles in the summer - I never thought about using coconut water. Thanks for the idea!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam @ Fit for my Fork
Your popsicles look delicious! I love the idea of the coconut shell. I can't wait for the weather to warm up here so I can start making popsicles!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
These look amazing! I've been hoarding kiwis lately, I definately go through spurts with them! You know what you could do? Drizzle chocolate OVER the coconut shell. Double whammy.

Ashley--> Yes!!! Chocolate on top would be outstanding!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
These are by far the most beautiful popsicles I've ever seen! I can't imagine how delish that fruity coconut combo is...YUM!

Ashley--> Aw, thank you!!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien
i cannot get myself to like coconut water (despite LOVING coconut), but these pops look beautiful and all that fruit with it...i could get behind that. love your photos!

Ashley--> I actually don't love it either! That's also why I mix it 50/50 with water and I usually add about 1/4c 100% juice [~28oz total liquid] in with the mix as well. SO much better than water while working out!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeetred
Those look really yummy! Looks like a refreshing treat for a summer's day.
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLP @dishclips
WHAOW. Looking forward to try these when summer FINALLY gets here (in my place we had a snowstorm 2 days ago)...
April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVicki
You are extraordinary. Your photography is fantastic and your recipes are to die for. Keep being amazing please!

Ashley--> And you just made my day! :)
April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuli @ PaleOMG
Hahaa. Great minds, Ashley!!! AND PS: We got a popsicle maker around the holidays that I've been meaning to crack out. :)
YUM! I need to get my hands on a popsicle mold for this summer! It was in the 80's here in Michigan last month, but the warmest it's been in April is probably 70, but not lately. Can't wait for the warmth!
Wow, not only do they look beautiful, they look so tasty!
These are so beautiful and so easy! I need to get some popsicle molds!
May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeatballs&Milkshakes
The coconut shell is brilliant, a must-try! I'm definitely sharing this one.
July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Fit and Fed
Such fun pops! Love the coconut dip :)
July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarla
Hi Ashley! I just wanted to give you a heads up and say thank you b/c I linked this recipe july 4th for "quickies" you can bring to the picnic! anyway, love the blog, as always!
heres a link if you feel like checking it out!
http://mindbodybeauty.blogspot.com/2012/07/healthy-fourth-of-july-quickies.html
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

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