Summer spent what felt like ages trying to creep in here on the east coast. It spent weeks clawing, scratching, fighting tooth and nail to get here. We saw some glimmers of it, and after the winter we had here, we were all aching for some sunshine and sunny days. Personally, I like it when it’s almost too hot. I like doing one push up and looking like I just sprinted miles. I feel accomplished. Really though, I do just feel better when it’s warm and sunny, like many of us do. When you go outside in the morning and it’s actually light out! When you get up for that 7am class and it’s light enough to be noon. The day just feels promising. Look how much shit I can get done with 18 hours of SUN! 

Now that we’ve FINALLY had a few consistent days of what, in my opinion, summer SHOULD feel like, we’re all starting to really get into that summer vibe.

With the heat, though, come the want for cold treats. Ice cream, ice pops, anything with ice in the name that you can shove down your gullet. After I made the Fudge Pops from Performance Paleo, I decided to start messing around with the whole popsicle thing. I mean, I had bought the friggin molds after all. Might as well use the things.

This was my first attempt and quite frankly, it worked out pretty darn well if I do say so myself. Well enough that I’m going to go ahead and share it with you people. I used my Ninja blender that has two single-serve attachments and it made making the two components of this crazy easy. You could go ahead and use one blender, though. Just make the coconut half first. 

Strawberries and Cream Pops
Yields 6
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
3 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
3 hr
For the coconut bit
  1. 1 cup coconut milk
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp ground vanilla)
  4. 2 dates (1 or 1 Tbsp honey)
  5. 1 tsp gelatin
For the strawberry bit
  1. 1 cup halved strawberries
  2. Zest & Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 1 tsp gelatin
Instructions
  1. Put all of the ingredients for the coconut bit into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth. Pour into a bowl or glass and set aside.
  2. Put all of the ingredients for the strawberry bit into the blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Add in 2 tbsp at a time to each pop mold, alternating flavors (So, 2 tbsp coconut, then 2 tbsp strawberry, 2 tbsp coconut, 2 tbsp strawberry....you get it) until the molds are just short of full.
  4. Place the sticks into the molds and pop the whole thing into the freezer.
  5. Let chill for 3 hours until hardened.
Notes
  1. When you want to enjoy these guys, simply run the pop under hot water to release it from the mold.
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