Want a refreshing, delicious and healthy way to cool down during the hot summer months? Contributor, Kara Stout, has you covered with a recipe for a popsicle that is sure to please. Get all the details below!
We are in full summer celebration mode over here and what better way to kick off the upcoming warm weather season than with popsicles? Delicious, healthy and the prettiest pink I might add! They are made with only four ingredients, making them super simple and quick to make. They are also dairy-free and made with only the natural sugar from fruit, so no added sugar is necessary.
If you are not familiar with what pitaya is exactly, it’s an exotic superfruit and is also known as dragon fruit. It can either have white or pink flesh, and is actually the fruit of a cactus plant. How neat is that? Looking at the fruit, it’s easy to see how it would come from a cactus! Pitaya is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, lycopene and B vitamins. Plus, one pitaya has about four grams of protein, and the tiny edible black seeds provide us with healthy fats.
A fun way to incorporate this beautiful fruit is to make homemade popsicles! I’ve tried many different popsicle molds, and this popsicle maker is by far my favorite.
You can either look for a pitaya or dragon fruit at your local natural grocery store, or you can easily purchase the organic frozen pink pitaya packets from Pitaya Plus. If you go to its website, you can order online or you can search the store locator and enter your zip code to find a store near you to purchase. I found the packets at a Whole Foods just down the street from me, which made it super easy!
Pink Pitaya Popsicles
Makes 10 popsicles
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (you also can use your favorite nut milk like almond, cashew or flax milk)
- 2 frozen organic pitaya packets
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- Fun additional option: coconut flakes
- Popsicle molds
- Popsicle sticks
- In a high-powered blender, add coconut milk, banana and pitaya packets and blend well.
- Add in hemp seeds and blend well again.
- Pour pitaya mixture into popsicle molds.
- Optional: add coconut flakes to the bottom of your popsicles.
- Place lid on popsicle maker, slide in popsicle sticks and place in the freezer overnight.
- Once they are ready, take them out of the freezer and enjoy!
Tip: To easily get your popsicles out of the molds, fill a large bowl with warm water and set the popsicle maker in the bowl usually just for a couple of seconds. They should then slide right out for you! Also, make sure that the warm water does not come up over the molds, but covers a good amount to loosen them up.