I'm not sure there's any greater summer relief than stumbling through the front door, hot and sweaty from a long bike ride or pool session and knowing that you have a freezer full of popsicles. It's one of the few things I do all summer long, no matter how relaxed I may be about stocking up on other food items. A box of Jolly Lamas is tucked in the back of the freezer somewhere in case of emergency but I try to stick to homemade popsicles like these because not only do they help keep us cool, they are also packed with good stuff, making them an ideal snack after sports or even a breakfast treat on a particularly hot day.
Pineapple Ginger Citrus Popsicles
- 4 cups fresh cubed or frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (one very large orange or 2-3 medium sized) with some of the pulp thrown in as well
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (bottled works, too!)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 2 tbsp fresh, minced (my kids really prefer powdered ginger in this recipe)
- 2 heaping scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl as many cycles as needed to get a smooth mixture. Pour into prepared popsicle molds, leaving an inch or so of space and freeze 4 hours, overnight preferably. When inserting wooden popsicle sticks, put in the freezer without sticks, set a timer for 30 minutes then put them in. Or just wing it and hope for the best like I normally do. This recipe makes a lot of popsicles, 10-12 depending on your molds and any extra can be served cold or frozen in ice cube trays as a smoothie base. To remove the popsicles from the molds, just run the mold under a low stream of hot water for a few seconds to loosen them and enjoy!