I have to admit, we are such babies here on the Central Coast of California when it comes to actual weather. If it drops below 50, people go crazy with the scarves and hats. If it starts to rain, stay off the highway. Seriously, people do not know how to drive in the rain. And, perhaps, worst of all, when temperatures “soar” above 85, everyone starts to complain about the heat. The trick is having a secret stash of tricks to beat the heat. Mine include a fan, a sprinkler and bathing suit in the back yard, going to the beach, and ice pops. Lots of ice pops.
You guys know me, though. I can’t just go out and buy popsicles. Not only are the store bought ones often (not always), loaded with refined sugar and other unpronounceable ingredients, but it’s so easy to make your own, you’ll wonder why you never did. This time around, I dug through my pantry and found a can of coconut milk, a jar of honey, and a jar of vanilla bean paste (graciously sent to me by the folks over at Singing Dog Vanilla). I had two limes left from a party the previous weekend. Perfect. All these ingredients were just begging to be put together, so I obliged. The result is a creamy, limey ice pop with a hint of vanilla. Perfect for days when hot means 80°. I know. Wusses.
Coconut Vanilla Lime Pops
makes 4 ice pops
1 can full-fat coconut milk (organic if you can find it)
juice of 1/2 a large lime
zest of 2 limes
1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste*
1 tsp. organic honey**
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into ice pop mold and Freeze until solid. Enjoy on a hot day!
*If you can’t find vanilla bean paste, substitute 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste for 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and pod discarded. Increase honey to 2 tsp.
**Make it vegan and swap the honey for agave nectar!