Naturally, after coming back from a Hawaiian vacation, it's all things tropical. One way to cling to the taste of paradise is through food! Being that we have had such a heat wave here in Oregon this past week, homemade popsicles seemed like just the thing we needed to re-live the tropical vibe.
Hawaii is the ideal place for growing tropical fruit due to their warm and temperate weather. They produce more cycles of fruit than anywhere else. How blessed are they! Farmer's markets and road side stands are plentiful. So if you ever get the opportunity to visit one of those stands in Hawaii, do it! There is nothing like tasting fresh tropical fruit straight from the locals.
Mangoes and pineapples are two of my favorite tropical fruits. Mangoes are packed with protective nutrients and vitamins. The variety of mangoes and the ripeness of it determine the amount of nutritional benefits given. A green mango carries a higher load of Vitamin C. But when it ripens, the Vitamin A bumps up. Did you know that you can find two types of pineapple in Hawaii? The yellow pineapple is clearly the variety most people are familiar with. But there is also a white pineapple. They are extremely perishable and have a short shelf life so Hawaii is usually the only place you will find them. They are so delicious and sweet when they are ripe. So if you happen to see your local farmer selling some roadside, stop and try one. It's a real treat!
This recipe is quite easy to make and will be a definite favorite among your crowd, especially during the warm summer months. The combination of mango, pineapple, and coconut milk bring just the right combination of tropical flavors and natural sweetness. I love adding the cardamom and turmeric. Cardamom is excellent for digestion and turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory. I also like using turmeric because it brightens the mango portion of the popsicles. Those two spices are optional, so if you don't have them on hand, it's okay to leave them out. You will still end up with delicious tasting popsicles that will hopefully remind you of palm trees and an ocean breeze.
2 cups fresh mango (about 2 large mangoes)
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple
1 Tbs lime juice
1 cup full fat coconut milk, divided
2 Tbs raw honey (maple syrup for vegan), divided
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp turmeric (optional, use to brighten coloring)
1. Place mango, 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1 Tbs raw honey, cardamom, and turmeric in your high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mango mixture into your popsicle molds filling them only 1/4 of the way. Set aside the rest of the mixture.
2. Rinse out your blender and then add the pineapple, lime juice, 3/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 Tbs raw honey. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour the pineapple mixture into your popsicle molds, evenly distributing the mixture between the 6 pops.
4. You should have enough space in your molds to top them each off with the remaining mango mixture. Insert the popsicle sticks and place the popsicles in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours.
5. When ready to eat, run the popsicle molds under warm water for about 1-2 minutes. They will eventually come loose and you can gently pull them out of their molds. Enjoy!