Kids recipe – Pineapple ice pops – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean and paleo friendly.
I was sitting in my air conditioned office on Friday when I went outside for lunch and was hit by warm, tropical heat. I felt the urge to skip work the rest of the afternoon and head down the beach with my body board. Of course I’d never actually do that but now that we’re in the last month of Summer, I want to squeeze as much out of it as I can before it slips through my fingers.
Speaking of making the most of Summer, I have an easy icy pole recipe for kids that uses pieces of frozen pineapple. For added novelty, dip frozen pineapple pieces in chocolate and sprinkle some coconut over the top.
Make sure your pineapple is ripe as freezing it will make it seem less sweet than it is. To test for ripeness in a pineapple, smell it. If it has that lovely, sweet pineapple smell then it’s ready. Another way is to gently tug on the centre leaf at the top and if it comes out without too much resistance, your pineapple is ready. If it comes out far too easily, it may be overripe. I’ve bought my pineapples based on these 2 methods and I have not been disappointed.
The idea for this recipe came from a Coles magazine a couple of months back where a block of chocolate was used to dip the pineapple in. Feel free to use that instead of making you own chocolate. If you want a healthy block of chocolate to dip into, your local health food shop may stock a variety of healthier-for-you options including raw blocks of chocolate using only 3 ingredients. Otherwise, just eat them on their own as they taste delicious!
Here’s an overview on what to do
Why this is so good for you
Pineapple lowers blood pressure, helps prevent cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves fertility, reduces swelling, bruising and healing time in injury and surgery, helps prevent formation of kidney stones, helps reduce inflammation of joints and muscles, helps prevent constipation and diarrhea, helps strengthen bones and helps strengthen gums.
Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-vira, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Raw cacao powder protects against aging and cancer, improves digestion, give energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
Coconut speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Love, Tash x
* Stir the chocolate mixture at intervals to stop the honey separating.
- 1 ripe, sweet, medium sized pineapple
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
- Cut off pineapple skin and slice into 2 cm thick slices. Cut each slice into quarters.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of each wedge. Freeze.
- Combine coconut oil and raw cacao powder in a small saucepan on lowest heat.
- Stir through honey till melted. Remove from heat.
- Dip top of pineapples in the chocolate about 2 times. Sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate.