It's SOOO hot here in the Bay Area, so I had to make a nice frozen treat. I have yet to receive what I believe is an ice cream attachment for my new kitchenaid standmixer [birthday gifts, did I mention it's my birthday today?] so I had to settle for ice pops! Don't feel bad for me though, ice pops are mighty delicious.
I saw a recipe for coconut ice pops, and I knew I just had to try to make some. [Note, I discovered them by using tastespotting which has become one of my new obsessions.]
cjr doesn't do so well with the milk so I decided to make them with soy, but you can make them with evaporated or regular/nonfat milk as well. This recipe makes enough for just over 12 small popsicles [my popsicle molds hold only 1/4 cup each -- tested by filling the mold with water and then pouring into a measuring cup]. It will obviously make more/less depending on the size of yoru molds. It makes just over 3 cups of popsicle mix. I'll leave the math up to you guys!
1 14 oz can (light) coconut milk
12 oz [1.5 cups] soy milk, regular/lowfat/nonfat milk, or (fat free) evaporated milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar* (to taste)
1/2 cup sweetened coconut**
2 tsp vanilla or coconut extract
*if you want to use agave nectar, I think you could probably get away with using about 1/5-1/4 cup (to taste) here. Just make sure to mix it in really well so it dissolves. Do not use granulated sugar, it will produce a granulated texture. If you want to use something like sucanat you'll probably be best warming the mixture enough until the sugar dissolves in it, make sure not to boil though -- scalded/burnt milk is bad news.
**we actually used unsweetened coconut, so we upped the sugar to about 3/4 cup.
Instructions [SO EASY].
Mix all the ingredients well, pour the liquid into the popsicle molds [leave a teensy bit of room for expansion!] and freeze overnight. ENJOY!
A note on sugar in frozen treats: things taste less sweet when frozen, so as you test your popsicle mixture, you might want to take that into account and prepare the mix on the just slightly sweeter than you like side.