Sweet, flavorful strawberries are blended with rich coconut milk and a touch of vanilla and sweetener for delicious homemade popsicles. It is one of my favorite combinations – coconut cream and strawberries. My oldest said that they tasted like strawberry milkshakes. Yum! They are easy and quick to make, and perfect for a hot day.
All you really need to know is that these are delicious, but it’s also good to know that strawberries a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and coconut cream is a thyroid building, metabolism reviving fat, making these a healthy popsicle as well. The other great thing about these popsicles is that they are lower-carb if you leave out the extra sweetener, which makes them a great dessert for those watching their sugar content.
What I love about popsicles is that it’s basically making a smoothie, and then freezing it. Another favorite popsicle is using this Mango Smoothie. I’m also curious to try this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie and Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie as a popsicle!
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By the way, I’ve am loving this ultra-creamy and smooth coconut cream for recipes like this, which doesn’t contain any gaur gum for those sensitive. I try to always have it on hand to put in my tea, blend into smoothies, make ice cream with, or for recipes like this! You can use whatever popsicle molds you like. I used these star molds , and also love these stainless steel popsicle molds.
I’ve had the need of making simple snacks like these lately because the weather has been having some hot turns and I don’t want to heat the house with my oven, and I’ve also been busy spring cleaning. (Allison shares a rocking way to cook once and eat three times here that is incredibly helpful for the busy cook too). The spring cleaning bug hit me kind of late this year, but when it did it really hit me hard! I suddenly was tackling several big projects around the house that I had been putting off for a while. I started with the girl’s clothing, sorting out the clothes they had grown out of (they’ve both grown so much this last year!). When I went down into our basement to get a box of clothes of the next size for my youngest, I was horrified to find amble evidence of a mouse nest.
So then I turned our basement upside down cleaning it, sorting through boxes, and doing lots of laundry. It was a huge project.
Within 24 hours of disturbing our basement, our newest member of the family, a Siberian cat now about a year old, caught 4 mice. We were incredibly proud of this achievement, and have been congratulating ourselves on picking such a great cat out (she’s also affectionate, playful, and loves to take walks outside on a leash, and just a little too smart for her own good). Her name is Hermione and she is hugely loved. Sometimes she thinks she is a little overly loved by us three girls.
We have since caught two mice in traps set in places our cat can’t get too by baiting with a chocolate chip. It turns out that mice aren’t that attracted to cheese after all, but like us, they love chocolate! And unlike us, chocolate will be the death of them in this household! If anyone has any pet and kid-safe ways to catch or kill mice, please let me know! I really hate mice in the house, but don’t feel comfortable using poison. We haven’t seen a lot of mouse activity since we depopulated them some, but I’m sure there are some out there still.
After tackling our basement, we finally broke down and bought a new vacuum to replace the clearance once I had bought several years ago for $25 dollars (I’d say we got out money’s worth out of that purchase!). We couldn’t quite fit in a $300+ vacuum, but so far, we are thrilled with this vacuum . I also found in my spring cleaning this enzyme spray to be very useful for refreshing furniture, refreshing rooms, and dealing with extra dirt and grime. (I also mentioned it in my post about ways to naturally scent and refresh a home, and improve air-quality).
With the sun shining again, we are taking more walks around our neighborhood, trying out our new grill with hardwood charcoal, and getting ready for a hot summer ahead.
Those are some of the everyday adventures we are experiencing. Isn’t it funny how consuming even those everyday life occurrences are? It’s a good thing that we have delicious food like strawberry popsicles to make up for the pain of mice problems.
- 1 heaping cup of strawberries, stemmed and quartered
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk or coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 -3 tablespoons sweetener of choice (My strawberries were tart, so I used one tablespoon of coconut sugar)
- In a blender or food processor, blend all of the ingredients together, starting with no sweetener. Blend until very smooth, and then sweeten to taste.
- Pour into molds, and freeze until solid.
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