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The dairy-free treat you’ll fall in love with for summer

Cool off this summer (minus the sugar-filled calories) with these strawberry-banana ice pops.

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Strawberry Banana and Coconut ice pops recipe

Photo, Tara Miller

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to make ice pops and my only regret is that I didn’t make them sooner. Not only are these ice pops easy to make (put everything in a blender and freeze), but they’re also the perfect snack, dessert or even breakfast (think frozen smoothie)! They appeal to kids and adults alike, there’s no sugar added and they’re nutrient-dense.

Inspired by the season’s local produce, I chose the classic combo of strawberry and banana, adding coconut milk for a creamy, yogurt-like texture — without the dairy. However, your options are endless.

If you take out the strawberries, add another banana and some cacao powder, you have a chocolate-banana pop (or a really healthy Fudgsicle). Take out the coconut milk, puree your favourite fruits with a little water and add some fresh mint and you have a light, refreshing, super-clean treat.

I can confidently say there’s no going back for me. Try your own mixture and share it with us in the comment section at the bottom of this article. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 ripe banana
1 can coconut milk
2 cups of strawberries

Directions
1. In a blender combine all ingredients
2. Pour into ice pop molds (I used this BPA-free mold)
3. Place in the freezer for about three hours

Note: If you’re having trouble getting the ice pops out of the molds, run them under hot water for about 15 seconds

Makes 6 ice pops

Nutrition facts (Serving size 135 g)
Calories 188
Fat 16 g*
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 11 mg
Potassium 322 mg
Total carbohydrates 12 g
Fibre 3 g
Sugar 7 g
Protein 2 g

*This recipe appears high in fat because of the coconut milk, which (in my opinion) is a healthy fat. For more on good fats vs. bad fats click here