1 can of full fat coconut milk*
1-1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh fruit- mango and strawberry are my favorite
2 tsp. honey
Mix coconut milk and honey together in a liquid measuring cup (one with a pour spout). Add chopped fruit evenly to popsicle moulds. If you keep the fruit big enough, you will be able to stack it up, that way it will be more evenly distributed throughout the mould. Pour the coconut milk/honey mixture over the fruit, leaving about 1 cm at the top of the mould.
Freeze, and enjoy!
*I have found that the brand does make a difference- I use either 'Grace brand that I buy at Sobeys or Bulk Barn, or Thai Kitchen that I buy at Superstore
(I bought my popsicle moulds at The Superstore. Unfortunately they are plastic, but are listed as BPA free.)
Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour, and other coconut products are becoming increasingly popular. Coconut is a natural gluten and dairy-free alternative that is extensively consumed in certain cultures, especially in the south pacific. Despite the fact that coconut oil is predominately saturated fat, it is very good for you. Not all saturated fats are equal! The saturated fats in coconut are medium-chain fatty acids, or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which act more similarly to a carbohydrate in their metabolism than a fat, except that they don't spike insulin like carbs do. MCTs are quickly converted to energy for use by muscles and organs, decreasing the likelihood of being stored as fat for later use.
Coconut oil has been found to have numerous health benefits, including
· improving blood sugar balance
· heart protective effects
· stimulating thermogenesis (fat burning)
· supporting proper thyroid function
· anti-microbial and anti-viral properties
· improved athletic performance
to name a few!
Coconut oil, specifically, is useful as a fat to cook with, especially at high heats because it has a very high smoke point (the point at which an oil becomes chemically damaged and is not healthy to consume). You can use coconut oil in any way that you would ordinarily use other oils! Try coconut oil as the grease on your pan for sweet potato fries, or as the oil in a batch of your favorite muffins. Prepare to be hooked!