Piña Colada Pops

Now that the weather has turned hot and steamy, I’ve been doing less baking, and focusing more on treats that are cool and refreshing. I love slicing up watermelon and eating it cold from the fridge, and of course it isn’t summer without a pitcher of iced cold lemonade. I was recently looking in my pantry, and thought it would be fun to try a popsicle version of a Piña colada. You just need a few basic ingredients and of course, popsicle molds, and you’re all set! I got my popsicle molds from Amazon, but they are readily available at most stores such as Target and Walmart.

Ingredients: (makes 12 popsicles)

1 can unsweetened coconut milk

12 oz. pineapple juice.

1/4 cup chopped pineapple

1/2 cup toasted coconut

12 popsicle molds

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To toast the coconut, preheat oven to 350 degrees and spread coconut out on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Keep your eye on the oven, because the coconut browns quickly.

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Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir until well mixed. Pour into molds and freeze for at least three hours. When you’re ready for a treat, pop off the top of the mold and enjoy by the pool, or relaxing under the shade of a backyard tree in your hammock. The girls loved these and said they taste “just like summer”.

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I love making my own popsicles because you can experiment with all kinds of wonderful fruits in season, and control the sugar. Freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice is really refreshing with chopped fresh fruit. If you like green smoothies in the morning, make a little extra and pour the leftover into your molds for a late afternoon or after dinner treat.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden

Have a great week! ~May

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