Keep your kids cool this summer with these nutritious avocado and coconut ice pops. They will give you an illusion of eating real ice cream while providing essential nutrients without the sugar high. These ice pops are sweetened with maple syrup. I like woody and a light spice flavour it adds. Plus, it contains extra nutrients, such as manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium.
Creamy avocado is considered the world's healthiest fruit because of its nutrient content, including vitamin K, fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C and copper. I like to combine avocado with coconut in the recipes: one perfectly complements another taste and both are very nutritious. Avocado and coconut are a great source of "good fats" that have been proven to have a number of health benefits. If you like this combo too, check my earlier post for another avocado & coconut recipe (Only "Good Fats" Pudding).
Now when avocados are in season and inexpensive is the great time to try these recipes and surprise your family with delicious and healthy treats.
Please, note: this recipe incorporates sour cream (the recipe is here), however, if you don't have it, just substitute it with natural Greek-Style yoghurt.
3 avocados, large, ripe
3/4 cup sour cream
165ml coconut cream
2 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of salt
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
Kai Carrier - Ice Block Pouches (or similar)
Scoop out the avocado pulp, discarding seeds, into a large bowl.
Add sour cream, coconut cream, maple syrup, salt and lemon juice (optional).
Puree with a stick blender (or a food processor).
Until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Fill in Kai Carrier or alternative popsicles pouches by using a small funnel or a teaspoon. I just do it with a teaspoon, each pouch roughly contains 5 teaspoons.
You can pour the rest of the mixture into a paper-lined loaf tin and freeze for around 2 hours.
Once frozen take it out of the freezer and leave on the kitchen bench for around 10 minutes before breaking it into the small pieces with the spoon.
Serve in a glass or small bowl garnished with maple syrup and desiccated coconut.
Once ready (after 1-2 hours in the freezer) take the ice block pouch out and leave it on the kitchen bench for around 10 minutes before serving it to your little one.
Now you can sit and relax while your little bundle of joy having a super healthy yet delicious ice pop. Win-win, here! Maybe just take your kiddo outside to gobble it up.