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Deliciously cool summer treats

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That’s right, LiveWell New Hampshire is on Pinterest. The plan is to find cool things to try and then share them with you. It seemed fitting to give popsicles a go for this issue. They are the perfect summer treat, after all.

Here are three recipes I found on Pinterest and made at home. They all passed the kid test.

There’s no reason to stop with these three, though. There a tons more pinned to the LiveWell New Hampshire Pinterest page.

Find us by searching pinners for LiveWellNH, follow us and let us know what you think!

Creamy Coconut Lime Popsicles

1/2 cup cream of coconut, stirred well (see note)

3/4 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

1/2 cup simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar melted together briefly in a sauce pan on medium heat, then cooled to room temperature)

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.

Pour into popsicle molds.

Freeze overnight. Place the mold portion in a bowl of hot water for a few moments before trying to pull the pops out of the molds to help release them.

Note: It took me forever to find cream of coconut. It’s with the mixers for alcoholic drinks.

Pina Colada Popsicles

3 cups pineapple, pureed

2 cups coconut milk

5 tablespoons agave nectar

2 teaspoons raw coconut oil

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons white rum (optional, see note)

1 cup pineapple, diced

Combine pineapple puree, coconut milk, agave nectar, coconut oil, salt and rum in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and combined. Divide diced pineapple evenly among popsicle molds. Fill each mold with 1⁄3 cup mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch of space at the top of each mold. Use a skewer to distribute diced pineapple.

Let freeze one hour before inserting popsicle sticks; continue to freeze until completely firm, 4 to 6 hours more. Run molds under hot water 30 to 45 seconds before unmolding, or let stand at room temperature 5 minutes. Wrap popsicles individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer up to 3 weeks.

Note: This recipe came from a post about boozy popsicles. I made mine kid-friendly by omitting the rum. If you try some with booze, please let me know how they came out!

Jamie Oliver’s Yogurt Pops

2 small ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

11/2 cups frozen strawberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries

2 cups nonfat plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

Combine bananas and remaining ingredients in food processor or blender; process until smooth.

Divide mixture evenly among 6 plastic molds or small paper cups. Freeze pops 10 minutes; insert popsicle stick or small plastic spoon into center of each. Freeze pops at least 3 hours or until frozen solid.

Run each mold under warm water. Gently pull each pop from mold or peel paper away. Serve immediately.

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