Blackberry and Coconut Popsicles

Summer is officially here in NYC, which means it's popsicle weather, and I'm excited to share these refreshing purple popsicles with you. But it's also no-pants weather here in the Big Apple.

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What is "no-pants weather," you ask? It's a phenomenon that occurs as soon as the temperature surpasses 70°F. It's a spectacle that can be witnessed in various social circles, though it primarily affects a subset of moderately attractive women in their 20s. It's not that these women aren't wearing any pants or bottoms at all. This is a civilized society for god's sake. It's more that their outfit choices make the viewer pause for a second and quietly ask, "Did that woman forget to wear pants today?" This question is typically asked in jest, but occasionally, the woman's outfit is so threadbare that the question becomes a sincere one. Such outfits include ripped jean shorts that leave nothing to the imagination, rompers that end at the ass cheek, and one-size-too-big t-shirts that are deliberately worn as dresses.

Apologies for the tangent, but I saw my first no-pants ladies of the season today, so a digression was merited. Back to these popsicles.

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These popsicles are made with just a few ingredients, all of which are good for the body. I've made three variations, but you can make just one if you prefer. These popsicles are also highly customizable. You can swap the blackberries for any other berry or mango purée for a tropical flair. I use light agave nectar to minimize color discoloration in the popsicles that are white or clear, but you can use any sweetener you prefer. If you don't have edible flowers for the sparkling coconut popsicles, feel free to use additional blackberries or another fruit. I've included more specific instructions on how to achieve the looks you see in the photos.

Hope you enjoy these purple popsicles! And don't forget to wear pants this summer.

Blackberry & Coconut Popsicles

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo

Equipment needed: 6 popsicle molds + 6 popsicle sticks, food processor or blender


Blackberry Swirl Popsicles

  • 1/4 cup blackberries

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 2/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon light agave nectar (substitute maple syrup for Paleo)

Blackberry Cream Popsicles

  • 1/3 cup blackberries

  • 1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt (or yogurt of choice)

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • Toppings (optional): tahini and vegan white chocolate, melted

Sparkling Coconut

  • 1/2 cup coconut water

  • 2 ounces of sparkling water

  • 1 tablespoon light agave nectar (substitute maple syrup for Paleo

  • Edible flowers


Blackberry Swirl Popsicles

  1. Place the blackberries in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 20 seconds (this step is not necessary but it makes it easier to mash the berries). Mash the berries using a fork. Stir in lime juice.

  2. Stir coconut milk to mix the cream and liquid water portions. In a measuring cup, stir together coconut milk with sweetener.

  3. Pour coconut milk mixture into 2 popsicle molds 1/3 full. Stir in some mashed berries and use a toothpick or knife to swirl. Pour in some more coconut milk and repeat layers. Add popsicle sticks.

  4. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

Blackberry Cream Popsicles

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and purée until completely smooth and thick.

  2. Pour mixture into 2 popsicle molds. Add popsicle sticks.

  3. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

Sparkling Coconut

  1. In a measuring cup, mix together coconut water, sparkling water, and sweetener.

  2. Gently lay the edible flowers against the face of two popsicle molds. Pour in the coconut water mixture. Add popsicle sticks.

  3. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours.