I might have a little bit of an obsession with coconut and pineapple at the moment. These ice cream sundaes, the coconut milk and honey lotion I bought yesterday and these popsicles make me wonder if I have a problem. Maybe it’s the thought of summer and I’m just trying to mentally transport myself somewhere sunny and tropical. And maybe it’s a pregnancy craving thing. Either way, I’m ok with it. And I’m totally ok with these pina colada-like popsicles. They’re refreshing, the ingredient list is short and they take almost no time to make! If you haven’t tried making your own popsicles (like me up until I made these) you should try it!
All you need for these is a can of coconut milk, a small can of crushed pineapple, a little vanilla and a little sugar. Mix it up, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and pop them into the freezer until they’re frozen solid. That’s all there is to it! Then you can sit outside and eat one of these and pretend you’re at the beach somewhere. Maybe put on some island music, wear a big floppy hat and put your feet in your kid’s sandbox for added effect.
Betsy couldn’t resist trying these, and I was surprised how much she liked it. She enjoyed her bite so much that I had to go get myself another one because there was no way I was going to pry it from her hands.
I found these popsicle molds at World Market. I like that they have the built in drip catchers, it’s perfect for my kids who get all kinds of bothered when their hands start to get messy. And really it’s a good thing for adults, too! To unmold them after a full 24 hours in the freezer I had to run them under warm water and occasionally wiggle the sticks until they were ready to come loose. Overall I was pleased with the $5 purchase.
The texture of these popsicles is creamy thanks to the luscious coconut milk, but with just enough chew from the pineapple to make them interesting. I found one tablespoon of sugar to be enough sweetness, but if you like things sweeter you could add another tablespoon. These are also really satisfying because of the coconut milk. It’s almost like eating ice cream. Do you have a favorite at-home popsicle recipe? I’d love to hear about it!
Coconut Milk and Pineapple Popsicles
Makes 6 pops
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- 1 small can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pour mixture into the popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 8 hours or until frozen solid.
- Unmold by letting popsicles warm up on the counter, or by running molds under warm water (without letting water get into the tops of the mold) wiggling sticks occasionally to see if they’ve thawed enough to remove easily.
- Eat and enjoy.