You would not believe how incredibly easy it is to make your own popsicles at home. In fact, the most difficult part about making popsicles at home is having enough patience to allow them to freeze for long enough! That was certainly the most difficulty I had in making these coconut blueberry popsicles.
Ever since my husband and I served ice cream sandwiches and popsicles as a late night snack at our wedding, I’ve been obsessed with popsicles. I feel like I’m cheating on my first love (ice cream). After being inspired by the Happy Pops popsicles at our wedding (and the big batch of coconut ones we got to take home), I thought I’d try to make coconut popsicles on my own. Since I had leftover frozen blueberries from my coconut and chia seed smoothie bowl recipe, I decided to mix coconut and blueberry. What a combination! They are like a match made in heaven! And for me, how food looks is equally as important as how it tastes. These popsicles are a win-win because they look and taste great! I just love the purple colour and the marbling effect created by gently pulsing the blueberries in a blender. They’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly, free of refined sugar, and can be made vegan by subbing honey for agave!
Since I ambitiously decided to make these popsicles yesterday morning and shoot them that same afternoon, I only let them freeze for 4 hours. That is probably the bare minimum that I’d recommend (at least, if you want to take photos of them before they start melting). Although I said making popsicles at home is super easy, I’ll be the first to admit that styling and shooting them is not! Pretty much after every different shot I styled, I had to run the popsicles back into the freezer. So, if you can, try to freeze your popsicles for 6 hours or even better, overnight.
The Popsicle Moulds and How to Remove Your Popsicles from Inside of Them
Another important factor in making great popsicles is the type of popsicle mould you use. I read a lot of reviews online before landing on my Fox Run popsicle mould on Amazon. It’s very good quality, comes with wooden popsicle sticks, and you can get perfectly shaped popsicles out of it. My popsicles turned out really well on my first try, so I’d definitely recommend!
In terms of removing the popsicles from the mould, turn the mould upside down and run sideways under hot water for a minute or two. Be careful to ensure the hot water only hits the very bottom of the moulds (or top when turned over) and not the sides, since you want to loosen the bottom of the popsicle from the mould without causing the rest of it to start melting.
And that’s pretty much it! Full recipe is below.
Coconut Blueberry Popsicles
- 450 mL coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cup blueberries You can use frozen or fresh, or a combination of the two
- 2.5 tbsp honey
- 2 inches vanilla bean Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean. You could substitute for 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- coconut flakes
- Add coconut milk, vanilla seeds and honey to a blender. Blend until well mixed.
- Add blueberries and pulse gently a couple of times. Blend less for a more marbled look to your popsicles.
- Sprinkle some coconut flakes inside each popsicle mould.
- Add mixture to popsicle moulds. Cover and insert popsicle sticks.
- Freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Remove from popsicle mould, serve and enjoy!
Try this for yourself at home. It’s not only easy, but I also guarantee it will be the coolest thing to come out of your kitchen!