Recently bought a new book called Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter. It's another idea of mine to eat healthier and lose weight.
When the book first arrived and I saw that there were recipes that included tofu, herbal tea, quinoa, kale and red kidney beans – I just about sent it back. But there were also plenty of recipes with typical ingredients – yogurt, milk, fruit, honey – plus the photography is awesome. Gorgeous kids eating yummy popsicles. I just really like the look of the book.
I'd like to try to learn to get creative and make a mini snack or even breakfast out of these. That's the point of the book – the author is trying to give her kids healthy, fun food rather than another sugar delivery vehicle.
These pops are 4-ounce or 1/2 cup pops (Tovolo brand). It doesn't sound like much, but these are going to be huge for small kids. So go for a 2-ounce, or use a small dixie cup with a wooden stick.
A funnel and a 1/2-cup measuring cup makes it go fast.
How do they taste? Well, the biggest surprise with Pina Colada Surprise Ice Pops is that they don't really taste like a pina colada. They taste good. The strawberry flavor came out more. Barely could taste the coconut. I would add real coconut or coconut extract to boost that side of things.
On the other hand, if your family is not big on coconut and you have a can of coconut milk collecting dust, this won't offend their sensibilities. In other words, they'll never know.
Pina Colada Surprise
Compliments of JennaDish
from Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter
MAKES 8 (4-ounce) POPS
1 whole pineapple skinned cored, and cut into pieces
1 cup chopped strawberries
3/4 coconut milk
2 tablespoons maple raw agave nectar (I used blue agave nectar or use honey to taste)
Put the pineapple, strawberries and coconut milk into a blender, and puree.
Add the maple agave nectar and blend all ingredients together to desired texture.
Pour mixture into chosen pop molds and put sticks in place.
Freeze pops until solid.
To add some fun, put a few slices of strawberries on the sides of the pop right after pouring. It'll freeze on the side and look a little fancier.