Dragonfruit Popsicles

On a particularly hot day, the first thing I do when I come home is open the freezer and stick my head in there (and as much of my body as will fit). It's the quickest way to cool down when you live in NYC and your window A/C unit constantly needs its filter replaced. #glamlife

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While I'm resting my noggin and upper chest in the freezer, I inevitably start thinking about frozen desserts, and occasionally, my daydreaming pays off because I notice that I have leftover popsicles stored in the freezer. If you want a really inexpensive popsicle mold, I use this one from Amazon

These dragonfruit popsicles come in two forms: (1) a popsicle made with a coconut-water base that's very light and refreshing and (2) a creamy, more indulgent popsicle with a coconut-milk and fruit base. You can make just one variety if you prefer, but I was going for unique shades and textures of the color pink.

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If you can't find pink pitaya (i.e., dragonfruit) in your area, as it can be tricky to find, you can use watermelon and raspberries. The color won't be the exact same as you see here, but it will taste phenomenal! Speaking of watermelon, have you seen my Youtube recipe video for a Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail? It is is the perfect summer beverage. After all, it combines the currently trendy watermelon juice with the always trendy rosé wine. #trendy

I hope you enjoy this recipe for dragonfruit popsicles and stay cool this summer!

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 Dragonfruit Popsicles

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo

Makes 6 popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a pink pitaya fruit (dragonfruit)*
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Coconut water, 8-12 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons raw coconut nectar or sweetener of choice
  • 2 cups of pineapple, chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced

Directions

  1. For the coconut water popsicles, mix the following in a blender or food processor: a few small cubes of pink pitaya, lime juice, and coconut water. Blend until completely liquid. Pour this mixture into the first popsicle mold to fill - this will be your lightest color coconut water popsicle.
  2. Then, add a few more small cubes of pink pitaya to the remaining mixture and blend until completely liquid, adding more coconut water as needed. Pour this mixture into the second popsicle mold - this will be your medium-shade coconut water popsicle.
  3. Add a few more small cubes of pink pitaya to the remaining mixture and blend until completely liquid, adding more coconut water as needed. Pour this mixture into the third popsicle mold - this will be your darkest coconut water popsicle.
  4. For the sweet coconut milk popsicles, mix the following in a blender or food processor: a few small cubes of pink pitaya, raw coconut nectar, pineapple, bananas, and enough coconut milk to blend. Blend until completely smooth. Pour this mixture into the fourth popsicle mold to fill - this will be your lightest color coconut milk popsicle.
  5. Then, add a few more small cubes of pink pitaya to the remaining mixture and blend until completely smooth, adding more coconut milk as needed. Pour this mixture into the fifth popsicle mold - this will be your medium-shade coconut milk popsicle.
  6. Finally, add a few more small cubes of pink pitaya to the remaining mixture and blend until completely smooth, adding more coconut milk as needed. Pour this mixture into the sixth popsicle mold - this will be your darkest coconut milk popsicle.
  7. Place in freezer for 30 minutes, then add popsicles. Allow to freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.