Today officially marks the first day of fall, and to some parts of the country this means chilly nights, cute scarves, and pumpkin flavored everything. To Los Angelonians, not the case. We’re currently enduring an extremely obnoxious heat wave. Over the last couple months, I can’t remember a single day it was below 80 degrees, and I remember way too many days nearing 100. So as I sweat my ass off in my air conditioned(less) studio apartment, the mere thought of a pumpkin spice latte makes me nauseous—and not just because they’re actually not very good (sorry).
In lieu of the heat, I present you with a frozen treat to keep cool (for like 5 minutes). I spotted these popsicle molds at the store, and it immediately brought me back to making homemade Kool-Aid pops as a kid during the summer.
My version steps up the homemade popsicle game a bit by using real fruit and the ever trendy coconut water, which is known for its hydration capabilities—crucial for surviving a heat wave. These frozen pops are super easy to make, and surprisingly tasty for how healthy and simple they are. The natural sweetness of the coconut water compliments the bright and tangy flavors of the fruit, perfect for a cool treat that’s not overly sweet.
- coconut water
- fruit of your choice, such as:
Chop up all the fruit into small pieces. Fill the molds halfway with coconut water, and drop the fruit in. Add more water/fruit to the mold until it is evenly filled to the top. Insert the sticks and put in the freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
You may need to run a little hot water over the mold to loosen the pops.
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