Monday, June 15, 2015

Pineapple Coconut Pops

Yesterday afternoon, my son, Charlie, and I made healthy homemade popsicles together. It was so much fun to see how excited he was to go to the grocery store with me to get the ingredients, put them in the Vitamix and then pull them  out of the freezer to be eaten when they were ready.  He is 4 years old and loves to help in the kitchen. He stands in the doorway every day saying "Mommy, can I please help you?" Depending on what I am cooking, it isn't always easy to give him a safe task. So I have been making a point to come up with some quick and fun things that he can play an active role in making. Popsicles are great because there are so many ways to make healthy versions and are very easy for kids to help with!

Pineapple Coconut Pops


1 whole fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk


1. Place pineapple chunks and coconut milk in blender and blend until smooth (I used my Vitamix on the Frozen Desserts setting)

2. Pour into popsicle molds, leaving ~1/2 inch of space from top

3. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours

4. To remove popsicles from molds, run under warm water until loose

What are the nutritional benefits of these pops? Pineapple is an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese, as well as a good source of fiber. Coconut milk is abundant in vitamin C and E, as well as several B vitamins. 

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