When you live in a region of the country that is poorly prepared for century mark temperatures, folks do everything they can to keep cool. Kiddie pools, sprinklers, poorly equipped window AC units, movie theaters, cold foggy days on the coast, and lazy days spent on the banks of a lazy mountain river are just a few ways we choose to beat the heat here in the Pacific Northwest.
But few things bring immediate relief like a good old fashioned popsicle.
The other morning after breakfast, I pulled out my final popsicle to photograph it. I had previously devoured the rest during naptimes earlier in the week. Because I’m an adult and like to enjoy a treat without sharing. But on this particular day, I made the monumental mistake in trying to get the picture while my son was awake.
As we started to swelter in the 100 degree weather in our south-facing second story home as our straining AC unit worked hard to keep up, I removed the final popsicle from the freezer. I stopped for a moment and let the frozen air fall over my face and shoulders, reveling that something could still be cold in this heat. I pulled out my camera and began searching for the right light to capture the cold, creamy, fruity essence of this frozen treat.
He wasn’t having it.
He didn’t care that mom needed to use the popsicle for work.
He didn’t care that it was the last one.
He didn’t care that I needed to take a really beautiful picture to share with you.
He. Didn’t. Care.
There was no stopping my tiny monster. I turned on Jimmy Fallon. I tried to distract him with his favorite snack. I pulled out the Tegu blocks, crayons, and even tried to give him my old phone to distract him. Nothing worked.
So, I went with it.
Here’s the recipe, even though the I don’t have Pinterest-worthy pictures to show for the effort. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup pureed blueberries
- 1/4 cup whole blueberries
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- Mix coconut milk, honey, and puree.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
- Drop a few whole blueberries into the molds, and then insert popsicle stick.
- Freeze until solid (2-3 hours), and enjoy!
You won’t be sad you ate this. I promise. And with very little sugar, these are ideal for low-sugar, refreshing summer treats.
Make your summer pop!