Remember the coconut popsicles from a few weeks back?
I searched for a good coconut popsicle recipe on the old internet, but always come up with a milk-based recipe… which is no use to me, because I don’t like making things that make my stomach hurt (not entirely true). I conferred with my favorite vegan, and he assured me that I didn’t need real milk to make a creamy popsicle.
The first time I made them I didn’t drain off the coconut water, and I was too stingy with sugar, so the popsicles weren’t quite sweet enough, and had a bit more ice than I wanted. The second time I was less stingy, and I drained the water AND even remembered to write down the proportions of sugar and vanilla… but then decided not to post the recipe because I thought it was fall. Since the weather this week is in the upper 70′s… (hi San Francisco weather!) lets go back a few weeks and pretend it is still summer. Seattle friends, put on your sweaters and make these!
*I do not like reaaaally sweet desserts, so these sweet proportions might seem a little stingy. Adjust accordingly.
13.5 oz can of unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup of sugar (I used less, maybe 2/3 of 1/3 of a cup… does that make sense?)
1/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut (or shredded)
1 tsp vanilla
optional sprinkle of cinnamon
Open can of coconut milk, and carefully pour off the cream, leaving the coconut water at the bottom of the can. Use that for something else. Whisk coconut milk, vanilla, and sugar together in a bowl, and a little sprinkle of cinnamon, then add a handful or two of flaked coconut… about 1/3 of a cup, and mix together. Once mixed, you may want to taste for sweetness, then carefully pour mixture into your popsicle molds/cups/ice cube trays. We have a set of four small molds that hold about 4-5 ounces each, so this recipe works well for a small batch.
Freeze your molds for as long as it takes… I like to act like a desperate maniac when I make popsicles, and check on them every 20 minutes or so… but you should probably just check on them in a few hours, unless of course you have a Zoku popmaker…