Paletas are natural fruit Popsicles served in Mexico. They can be made with fruit alone or fruit and milk or cream. I made these with coconut milk and just a bit of lime juice to balance the sweetness from the fruit. You know exactly what is in these so you can feel happy to share them with children of any age this hot summer! They can also be made with your favorite fruit or combination of fruit.
You will need:
- 1 container of ripe sweet strawberries (3-4 cups cleaned and sliced)
- 3-4 tbsp honey
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla paste (you can add a bit more if you like)
- 1/2 lime juiced
Step 1: wash strawberries, remove the tops and slice. You don't have to be careful in this step since the berries will be processed you just want some surface area so the fruit starts to soften when heated briefly. Add clean fruit & honey to a pan or pot and heat for 2-3 minutes just until the fruit gets hot and starts to release some of it's juices.
Step 2: in a large measuring cup (this makes it easily to pour!) add the coconut milk, the vanilla paste (you can use real vanilla extract here instead but never use artificial because it is made from a wood by product and is not vanilla) and add the juice of a half a lime to balance the sweetness. It really works well here. Stir or whisk to combine.
Step 3: add the hot slightly cooked fruit to a blender or food processor and puree until it is liquid.
Step 4: add the hot fruit puree to the coconut milk and whisk well. The hot fruit will help to melt any coconut solids in the milk and make the mixture smooth. Taste it and if you want to add more honey add it here.
Step 5: add to 2 sets of four Popsicle molds. (these can be found at most grocer stores) Freeze completely.
Get outside and eat it in the sunshine!