Thursday, 15 August 2013

Gaudi Inspired Fruit + Mint Popsicles

Mmmm, popsicles are the best way to beat the heat, don't you think? Easy to make, cost effective, and oh so delicious especially in the summer (or in my case, tropical) heat. They're pretty darn healthy too, especially since this version is made with freshly pressed coconut milk, lotsa mixed fruits, and a little bit of mint.

Plus, I bet the kids in your life (brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, your own children...) would enjoy making these too.


This particular version was inspired by my recent encounter with Gaudi's architecture on my trip to Barcelona. My personal favourite was Casa Battlo, which had a lot of marine motifs all throughout. All the colours, curves, trencadis... All so inspiring, although I must admit I kept imagining the facade as a giant fruit salad because of all its colours.


Red berries, purple blueberries, yellow mangoes... Mmm. I then promised that I'd make one big mixed fruity treat for myself once I got back. Kiwi fruit would've been perfect for the green component of my Gaudi inspired treat, but at Php 60 a piece (roughly NZD 1.70) it was not worth it. Then I thought, hmm, why not use mint? That'll be just as good, and even more refreshing.

I know it's not too much of a big deal, but I felt what made this extra special was the freshly pressed coconut milk; you can't exactly get that anywhere back in Auckland. Here in Manila though, it can cheaply be bought in almost any fruit/vegetable market. Such a treat especially since I looove anything coconut.


Oh! Also, I am extremely heartbroken to announce that my Nikon is currently out of service; I've been using my iPhone camera instead (and I'm pretty sure you can tell). I'm not certain when I'll get it back, but I am still determined to share recipes with you guys because well, you're awesome. Right? Of course!


Gaudi Inspired Fruit + Mint Popsicles:

2C fresh or canned coconut milk
1C (or more) chopped mixed fruits (I used melon, mangoes, strawberries, and blueberries)
1/4C chopped fresh mint
1/4C coconut sugar or raw coconut nectar (optional)

Combine the coconut milk and sweetener of choice in a large bowl if using. Add in the chopped fruits and mint, and mix it around. Adjust to taste. Pour into popsicle moulds, ice trays, muffin pans, or whatever it is you want to use as a mould. Freeze for a couple of hours or overnight until ready.

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