Making Popsicles With Your Kids
Making popsicles is such a fun afternoon activity to do with your kids. I love getting my kids in the kitchen and teaching them fun, new things. This recipe is a great one to do with your kids because it includes a young coconut. They can help open the coconut, and watch as the contents of the coconut turn into coconut milk.
So make some popsiles, pop them in the freezer, and head to the backyard. I love getting my kids in the backyard with the plastic pool and a popsicle. Just embracing all the mess. For me, it really isn’t even summer until we spend some time in the backyard eating a popsicle watching the sun go down.
If you want some more fun activities to do with your kids in the kitchen, check out the hashtag #simplywholesnacktivity on instagram.
Let’s Talk About the Ingredients:
When you are looking at popsicles in the store, you want to watch out for added sugar and food dye. These are pretty typically added to store bought popsicles, which is why we love to make our own at home. These added ingredients can have an impact on your kids behavior and generally just send them into a tailspin.
It is fun to be armed with some knowledge when teaching your kids about new things. Here are a few fun facts on the ingredients you will be using in this recipe.
Young Coconut - Contains the same thing that gatorade does to keep you hydrated. These minerals are naturally found in coconut which makes it like nature’s gatorade.
Pineapple - Have you ever had a sunburn after a day of swimming? Eating pineapple can help your skin feel better much more quickly.
Mango - Can help you feel better when you have a tummy ache. If your tummy doesn’t feel quite right just have a mango.
Pina Colada Popsicle Recipe:
This recipe is: gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, dye free, and paleo.
Contents of one young cooconut
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup mango
2 T honey
How to Make it:
Open the young coconut. Pour the water into the blender. Scoop out the meat off the sides of the inside of the coconut. Put the meat pieces into the blender. Pick off the pieces of the shell of the coconut from the meat.
Blend up the coconut water and meat. What you have is coconut milk. Let your kids taste this, it is so good!
Add in the remaining ingredients. Blend.
Pour into your molds.
Notes on the Recipe:
Young coconuts are available at Whole Foods and my grocery store, HEB, carries them. You can open the coconut without a tool, but I’ve linked one below. All you have to have is a sharp knife. Video here.
The young coconut water should be clear, or slightly yellow, or it isn’t fresh.
If you don’t want to mess with the coconut you can use 1 cup of coconut milk to make these.
Sprinkles are a fun way to decorate popsicles. Just place them in the bottom of the mold. Then pour in carefully. We encourage you to watch out for food dye in your kids’ foods. Below we linked some dye free sprinkles.
I also love putting half cherries into the popsicle mold before pouring in the mixture. It makes the popsicles pretty, and what is a pina colada with out a cherry.