A delicious, nearly foolproof recipe for strawberries and cream popsicles made with jammy roasted berries, creamy vanilla and maple-sweetened coconut milk. These strawberry swirl ice pops are a favorite for the whole family, and perfect for spring/summer! Just 5 ingredients, naturally gluten free + vegan, and easily adaptable.
- Preheat the oven to 375℉. Gather your popsicle sticks and mold, and clear a flat space in your freezer.
- Arrange the strawberries in an even layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Drizzle lightly with the balsamic vinegar, if using.
- Roast until the strawberries are soft and fragrant, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a bowl (including juices) and let cool to room-temperature.
- Add the roasted strawberries and 1/4 cup of maple syrup to a food processor or blender, and pulse or blend a few times to combine. The mixture should still be a bit chunky, with small bites of fruit throughout.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the coconut milk (or dairy of choice) and the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup, adding more or less sweetener as needed, to taste. Remember that the sweetness will mellow once frozen. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
- For blended popsicles: Add the cream mixture to the food processor/blender and pulse until just combined. Divide between 10 popsicle molds and freeze until set, about 4 hours. After 30 minutes, place a popsicle stick in each pop, and continue freezing.
- For layered/swirled popsicles: Spoon a tablespoon or two of the strawberry puree into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Top with a bit of the coconut cream, and continue layering until all the molds are evenly filled. Freeze until set, about 4 hours. After 30 minutes, place a popsicle stick in each pop, and continue freezing.
- To remove the popsicles: Place the popsicle mold in a large pot of warm water for 10-15 seconds, then pull gently on each popsicle stick until the pops release.
- I prefer to use whole canned coconut milk in this (and most) frozen coconut recipes because it results in a creamier texture that more closely mimics dairy cream. You can certainly use light coconut milk, but it will result in an “icier” textured pop. Look for brands that have just two ingredients: coconut and water, and no added gums or stabilizers such as Golden Star or Native Forest Simple.
- Using coconut milk keeps these pops vegan, but feel free to use whatever dairy you have on hand. Greek yogurt, heavy whipping cream, or buttermilk are all good choices.
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