Prickly pear popsicles
A delicious, plant-based popsicle made from fresh fruit and coconut milk. Enjoying the last of summer sunshine and produce to the fullest.
Back home in America we have ice cream trucks in the summer. Here in Tunisia, we have prickly pears.
Although summer is coming to an end (I’m still holding on) it is still prickly pear season. Instead of the nostalgic ice cream truck sound, each day a merchant walks down our street offering “Hindi”, and announcing it loudly.
When Payton and Pj hear the familiar voice they are so excited, you would think it was indeed the ice cream man. They run outside with a large bowl. He carries the prickly pears on a cart with wheels, and using a knife and bucket of water, he peels the prickly pears, leaving just the fruit. We can’t help but sit together and enjoy a few immediately. They are incredibly juicy and refreshing on their own, but since we buy so many – I enjoy making ice cream (or sorbet) or popsicles out of them. I mixed them with pineapple and just a touch of coconut cream for a rich, creamy popsicle. Just three ingredients. The fruits have such a beautiful flavor together. This type of recipe hardly requires me to write it out, but I’d like to any as a tribute to our last summer in Tunisia.
All we used in this popsicle recipe is fresh prickly pear, pineapple and a little coconut milk. The pineapple flavor is dominate and they have a nice, creamy consistency. All you need is some produce, a blender and a popsicle mold to make these happen. We love our stainless steel popsicle mold and use it regularly.
If you haven’t heard of or tried prickly pear, you’re in for a treat. Prickly pear is fruit belonging to the cactus family that possesses a wide range of benefits. Please note the skin is indeed prickly. Take caution when preparing the fruit.
Prickly pear is rich in many nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These make it a wonderful and healthy addition to your diet when they are in season. The amount of vitamin C present in one cup of prickly pear constitutes 35% of our daily value intake, whereas magnesium constitutes 32% of the DV. It is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are the healthy forms of fats that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Source.
Pineapple also has many health benefits including antioxidants, enzymes that can ease digestion and reduce cold symptoms.
These truly are feel good frozen treat your entire family will enjoy.
Now onto the recipe:
- 6 prickly pears (peeled and cleaned)
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Add all ingredients to blender
- Blend until mixed completely
- Pour into popsicle molds (makes 6)
- Freeze for at least two hours before enjoying