Mango and Coconut Cream Popsicles

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We love making our own popsicles over here, and over the last two summers when my little sidekick could a) eat popsicles, and b) help make them, we’ve never made the same kind more than once. It’s so much fun to come up with new ideas, and so easy to give her a sweet treat when it’s made almost exclusively from fresh fruit (this one is not JUST fresh fruit, but many have been JUST fresh fruit, maybe with a squirt of agave and that’s it). We got a little fancier and more creative with this one, and it includes a few more ingredients than our usual basic style.

We had a few mangoes on the good side of almost turning and decided to save them by turning them into popsicles. So, fresh, ripe mangoes, coconut milk, a little of this a little of that, and we give you mango and coconut cream pops. They are CRAZY delicious, but better than that, my little buddy basically made them entirely by herself. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* popsicle molds or small cups and popsicle sticks/spoons/whatever works
* two large, ripe mangoes
* 1/2 pineapple juice
* 1C canned coconut milk
* 2T agave syrup
* 2T low fat Greek yogurt
* 2T cold water

WHAT TO DO
I once saw an episode of one of Bobby Flay’s shows (maybe Grill It?) where he said that he basically didn’t believe in single food item-specific kitchen tools EXCEPT a mango cutter. So I went out and bought myself a mango cutter. He’s right. It changed my mango-cutting life. Anyway… get out your mango cutter…

Peel your mango and, assuming you have a mango cutter, cut out the pit and then slice and cube your mangoes.

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Place the mango chunks in a blender, add the pineapple juice, and then puree until smooth. Set aside.

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Add the coconut milk, agave, yogurt, and water to a bowl and whisk together until blended smooth.

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Pour the mango puree into the coconut milk mixture and stir to blend–this will give your popsicles a beautiful marbleized appearance when they freeze.

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Spoon your mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze.

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Control your anticipation as you wait for it to freeze. Might be smart to do this in the evening so you can freeze them while you sleep and wake up and enjoy your delectable sweet treat. My little partner in kitchen creativity was so proud of her creation, and couldn’t wait to try it. And boy did she savor it! It’s creamy and fresh and sweet and delicate and a perfect little summer dessert. Cheers! (Don’t forget to get yourself a mango cutter!)

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