Homemade Coconut Mango Popsicles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 28, 2010

So Tyler had his first popsicle yesterday. Just in time for summer!!!

I hadn’t planned on letting him have a taste…it just sorta happened.  I sat down to nurse him with a popsicle of my own in hand and he had NO interest in what I had to offer him and kept eying my popsicle. And by eying, I mean…EYING!  Then he started reaching.

So I gave him a taste. And he wanted another. And another. So I sat him in his chair and gave him his own to try. (While it appears he is holding the popsicle himself, I am helping him.) And when he’d had enough of the popsicle, he went back to his regularly scheduled nursing.

I remember Ryan chewing on mango seeds when we lived in the D.R. He would nibble on that seed for 15 minutes. Drool all over the place and orange mango pieces in his hair, his ears and up his nose!

These popsicles made a similar mess!

When my first cookbook came out in December, a dear friend of our family sent me this super duper amazing popsicle maker by Zoku as a congratulatory gift. It was the dead of winter and the last thing on my mind was making popsicles.  But now that we’ve hit 80 degrees every day this week, it’s high time to put this little contraption to work!  (Note: Zoku is an INSTANT popsicle maker. It makes popsicles in minutes! Details and a video here.)

Mangoes on sale for $.50 each this week…and I found a few cans of coconut milk in the back of the pantry. Perfect combo for a snack during pantry challenge week!

You can rest assured we’ll be making LOTS of REAL FRUIT popsicles all summer long!!! Who knows, perhaps I’ll sneak some veggies in too!

Ingredients

1 banana
2 mangoes
1/2 15 ounce can of unsweetened coconut milk (1 cup of regular milk will do too!)
Sweetener of choice – optional (I omitted)
(Water if you need to thin out the “popsicle juice”)

Directions

Blend all the ingredients.

Pour into your favorite popsicle mold.

Freeze, then enjoy!

(Kids will NEVER know these are GOOD for them! *snicker*)

A few picts of the Zoku in action…

A little screw cap loosens the popsicle from the mold.

In about 5 minutes, a totally solid popsicle!

Stunned. I couldn’t believe I captured this look. He was totally stunned that they were ready so fast!  He remembers waiting and waiting and waiting last year for the popsicles made in the freezer!

His eyes speak delight.

Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

Enjoy a popsicle for me!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah May 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

That’s such a great idea! We always made popsicles with juice when I was a kid but this would be so much better – and creamier!

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Karen May 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

probably loads better for you than the stuff in the store. who knows whats in there?!!!! I prefer the all fruit ones(if they are REALLY all fruit..)

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Marianne G May 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

That is so cool! (no pun intended) Wish I still had little ones around to make these for. Of course, I could just make them for myself ;)

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Krista Kurtzweil May 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

Oh wow… I’m saving my money! I want this NOW :) awesome!

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amy May 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

Thanks for the idea. I have the Zoku and love it. Excited about having new recipes too.

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Tianna May 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Whole Food Kids* has been posting a lot of recipes lately of super healthy popsicles, full of crazy ingredients. She even did one with lettuce in it! Not sure how I feel about that… But if you want some ideas, there are several.

http://wholefoodkids.blogspot.com/

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Christina Troeltzsch May 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I want on now too. My boys would love fruit Popsicles. I guess for now we will do it the old fashion way, but now I know what I am doing with my 5 yr tonight after dinner.

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Dorothy May 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

We have a Zoku, a gift from my sis-in-law and the kids LOVE it. So excited to see someone else with one and I never even thought of coconut milk in a popsicle! Great idea. Enjoy!

(if you don’t have one, they are worth the $. They are GREAT!)

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Candi May 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

That is the neatest kitchen gadget EVER! It’s on my list now :)

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Allison May 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

What cute photos of your boys. I can see why he was all about that popcycle, It looks good.

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Charlotte May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

We just bought a not an old fashion popsicle mold from Bed, Bath and Beyond for $2.99. It has the straw built into the handle to sip the melted juice. I think I’m going to try the kids smoothies as popsicle ingredients.

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sherri May 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

YUM! Love it- and this child is adorable!

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Rhonda Hall May 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

In the eyse of a Child!! ADORABLE!

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Julie Kieras May 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

LOVE the gadget that makes the popsicles fast – I definitely have to get one of those! :) And thanks for the great recipe… I wonder if a little papaya in there would taste good- I have papaya that I need to use up! :)

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Alta May 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Great photos! Now I want some mangoes to make these myself….of course mine WILL take forever. No popsicle maker over here!

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ATL Cook May 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

I saw this Popsicle maker at a Williams Sonoma demo last month. I knew it would be a handy gadget and I am a Senior Citizen! There are lots of good recipes to try ; you can make nine Popsicles on one freeze; they sell extra handles. When I go to Lenox Mall this week end, I just might get one. I am getting a new refrig this week; bottom pull out freezer–how handy.

I still have 2 sets of Tupperware in the garage and plan to hunt them this week end.

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Thrifty Momma May 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I made these yesterday and just tried one today. I hate to say it but it was only okay. My two year old rejected it– it just wasn’t sweet enough. I’ll try again but next use maybe half orange juice and half coconut milk, maybe add a little bit of vanilla flavoring.

I do have to say I am crazy jealous over your popsicle mold!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

@Thrifty Momma,

A sweetener would certainly help! I try to avoid sweeteners in smoothies and homemade popsicles if at all possible.

Baking…well, that’s another story!

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Kristin H. May 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That looks absolutely delicious!!! I do have a question though… How do you pick mangoes? They are rarely available where I live, but sometimes they do have them… (I am that crazy lady that walks slowly by them 10 times but doesn’t buy them.) Is there a feel, color, or smell I need to look for? Any help would be great! Thanks!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Mom2my10 June 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

Tianna, thanks for the linky love! And for even more Popsicles recipes, I’ve declared it Popsicle month on my blog for the month of June!

http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com

Thanks again!

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Jessica June 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

Argh I hate it when recipes claim to only have a certain fruit, but then I look at the ingredients and it includes bananas. I really can’t stand bananas… Any suggestions on what to include instead?

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Roro February 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

These look so good! I don’t have a popsice mold though. Would an ice tray work? I know itll take much longer to freeze but will I get a popsicle like texture or no?

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Roro April 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Hey, I tried these last night and I was expecting them to turn out real creamy, the way yours look in the pics. I even put a whole can of coconut milk. They kind of tasted just like frozen mango puree. Is this how the texture should be? I also omitted the banana.

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Erin pearson April 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

do you use Thai coconut milk or the kind in the dairy section? thanks!

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Kathleen Frye May 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I always make jello popsicles, cause they don’t drip.

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