Now that mangoes are here, everyday is a mango day! While nothing beats eating a mango straight up, they are a wonderful addition to so many foods- sweet and savory. The soaring mercury levels just beg for frozen treats all the time. And mangoes just lend themselves beautifully to all these desserts. They add distinct aroma, sweetness and creaminess to everything you put them in. And that gorgeous bright yellow sunshine color is an instant cheer me up!
I like to keep my freezer stocked with homemade popsicles, frozen yogurts and occasionally ice creams. Kids( err…me too!) want an icy popsicle or two everyday and so I try to keep healthier options available to them. How they love these! Its so exciting for them to check the freezer every couple of days to check what I’ve got in there. And popsicle unmolding is such an event in our house!
Come summer and the markets are flooded with fabulous fruit; so sweet and flavorful. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, watermelons….I’m already dreaming of all the flavor combinations I want to make. The good part about using fruits in your popsicles is that you can easily cut down on the sugar and let the natural sweetness of the fruit come to fore. Adding mild subtly sweet coconut milk further enhances the flavors.
These popsicles are slightly sweetened with honey. You could certainly substitute it with sugar or maple syrup and add as much as you like. You can add more mango, use full fat coconut milk …whatever floats your boat! But do give this a try, its a guilt free frozen pleasure, you could also have for breakfast…just sayin’!! 😉
THE RECIPE: Makes 6 popsicles (depending on your mold size)
Light coconut milk – 300ml
Mango – 2 small, diced
Honey – 2/3 Tbsp ( more if you like it sweeter)
Blend the coconut milk and honey together. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
Pour this mixture a quarter of the way through in your molds. Put this in the freezer. Blitz the mangoes with the rest of the coconut mixture. Taste again, and adjust for sweetness. Carefully pour this mixture in your molds on top of the coconut mixture and freeze for at least 8 hours.
Unmold and sink your teeth into the icy goodness!!