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.

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