Hump Day Treat: Tropical Popsicles

by Rachel on June 2, 2010

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a Hump Day Treat, but you knew it would only be so long before you were seeing the pink sweatsuit again!

Since it’s gotten warmer, I’ve found that when I want an afternoon snack, I want something cold. I’ve been going with smoothies, but that’s a little boring. I’ve wanted my snack on a stick; basically, I’ve wanted a popsicle.

Sadly, most store-bought pops, even the “all natural” ones (coughEdyscough) are filled with ingredients that don’t really thrill me. So I figured I could make my own! And I’m so glad I did. It’s easy, delicious, and healthy…and instead of just putting a stick in some flavored ice, I actually managed to pack some nutrition in there!

Ingredients

(Makes six pops)

1/2 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 banana

1 and 1/2 cups frozen pineapple

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1/2 ounce finely chopped macadamia nuts (and by “finely chopped” I mean “Put in a baggie and bashed with a mallet”)

This is How We Do It

Combine all the ingredients…

Then toss into the food processor and have at it until everything gets nice and smooth. Then pour into popsicle molds!

And then freeze! It helps to take them out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat so they come out of the molds easily.

This was heaven on a stick. I love coconut and pineapple flavored things, so you can see how this would put me over the top, but the secret here is the half coconut milk/half water. This makes them slushier than ice cream, but definitely creamy and dreamy enough to be satisfying. And the fact that they have fat and protein in them makes them a hella good snack! Seriously, you could have one for breakfast; I had one for “dessert” last night, but it was really just part of dinner.

Oh and even with all that goodness in there, they only have about 100 calories each. SUCK ON THAT, 100 CALORIE PACKS!

I’m going to be making these all summer with different varieties of fruits. HUMP DAY WIN.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lexie June 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

These look amazing. I need to buy popsicle molds.
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2 Nikki June 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

You’re genius, thank you for this one!! They look amazing!

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3 Anna June 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

What a genius idea! This sounds so much better than the traditional frozen juice on a stick :) and will actually keep you full.

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4 Bonnie Bucqueroux June 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Those look scrumptious. Can I cross-post this in July on LON?
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5 Rachel June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Bonnie — PLEASE cross post away! :)

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6 Johana June 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Note to self: Buy popsicle molds! I have been meaning to try this sort of thing since it started getting warm and I totally also thought of using coconut milk as the base!! Looks super tasty Rachel!

I want to experiment also with frozen strawberries, bananas, berries, watermelon, or mango!
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7 amanda June 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I am totally going to have to buy a popsicle mold ASAP. Any preferred brands or places to buy at?

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8 Rachel June 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I’m sure there are “good” molds out there but mine cost $2 at Wal-Mart and totally got the job done!! :)

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9 Leah (Nutritionista) June 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I’m so glad you let me try one when I was there! These were seriously the best popsicles I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to make them every day this summer!!
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10 Ashley June 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

OMG. those look so amazingly delicious. MUST MAKE!! How do you even come up with these things?
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11 Kelly June 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

So, I saw this post on fb from my bberry. Conveniently, I was in the grocery store so I decided to make this sans the macadamia nuts bc I didn’t find them. Overall, I’m pleased the banana is woah over-powering, for me at least. Maybe next time, I’ll use half a banana. The fiance likes them and doesn’t even know about the protein powder(score!) Thanks for this, I’ll be trying it with different fruits throughout the summer.

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12 Rachel June 3, 2010 at 7:58 am

Kelly — I didn’t have too much banana I didn’t think, maybe we just used different sized bananas?! But I’m glad you liked it and you convinced your man!!

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13 Kelly June 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

Rachel, I think it was a mental thing as well. I read *Edy’s* *tropical* and *coconut* and just mentally went to a coconut paradise, lol! Once I told myself it was a pina colada tropical ice pop, I was all good. Yums!

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14 shelby @ eatdrinkrun June 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Your popsicle molds have a built-in straw?! That is mad genius. Where did you get them?

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15 Emily @ Relishments June 3, 2010 at 4:36 am

I’m so into making my own popsicles…these look amazing! Thank you! Now I just need to get around to replacing my mold, which lost a battle with my husband :)
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16 Annie June 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

Thanks! Fabulously broke sent me this link. I have a milk allergy and this will be perfect!
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17 Elizabeth June 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

these. look. delicious.

i see a shopping trip for popsicle molds in my near future…

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