Although it doesn’t feel like there’s much to be patriotic about these days, what with the non-stop bad news in the headlines- today is still a holiday and any day off from the usual everyday hustle and bustle of work is worth celebrating.
I knew going into this week’s posting schedule that I had wanted to share a dessert or an ice cream recipe given that it’s the Fourth of July and it’s been super hot outside here in New England- so this fruit-filled, red, white and blue popsicle concoction is sure to be a hit at any celebrations or get-togethers you have planned this afternoon/evening.
Depending on the type of popsicle mold you use, this recipe can be used to create a healthier version of the famous rocket/bomb pops- but I just swirled up the ingredients for a tie-dye look- and they tasted just as delicious!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 1¼ cups sliced strawberries
- ⅔ cup white grape juice, divided
- 1 cup coconut milk, divided
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1¼ cups blueberries
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, puree the strawberries and ⅓ cup grape juice until combined.
2. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, filling a third of each one. Freeze until solid, 45 to 60 minutes.
3. Bring ¼ cup of the coconut milk and the sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Pour the remaining ¾ cup coconut milk into a large liquid measuring cup, add the warm coconut milk mixture and stir to combine. Pour into the molds so that they’re two-thirds full. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
5. In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, puree the blueberries and the remaining ⅓ cup grape juice until combined. Pour into the molds, filling to the top. Freeze until solid, at least 1 hour. Store pops in the freezer for up to two weeks.
These popsicles are so satisfying and so refreshing. I always forget just how much I love white grape juice until I taste it in something like this (or in a smoothie) and then I’m hooked all over again.
I have about a dozen of these popsicles in my fridge right now, and I’m sure they’ll be gone by the end of the day- but they’re not packed with food coloring or way-too-much-sugar and syrup- so I don’t feel too guilty devouring them one by one!
So for those celebrating the USA today- enjoy the Fourth and be careful with any fireworks out there!