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dragon fruit popsicles

Similar to a kiwi and just as versatile, the dragon fruit only looks intimidating. Slice through its fuscia outer color and green petals and you'll find a white interior with tiny black seeds that are full of healthy monounsaturated fats. The fruit's juicy center is a veritable vitamin C bomb, high in dietary fiber, and full of antioxidants—impressive health benefits that help explain why dragon fruit is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Sales of exotic fruits (including this one) skyrocketed by almost 50 percent in the last decade. Dragon fruit can be eaten on its own right out of the skin or as part of a fruit salad, but the smooth texture and mild flavor also lend itself to blended recipes like smoothies and ice pops. Here, we combined it with pineapple and mint to create a treat that's as refreshing as it is healthy.

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 dragon fruit, flesh scooped out of the skin and diced
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water, divided
  • Agave nectar to taste

Directions

  1. Combine dragon fruit, pineapple, and mint in a blender.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the coconut water. Blend until smooth.
  3. Tilt the cap of the blender slightly to create an opening and stream in the remaining coconut water until the volume of the liquid reaches 3 cups.
  4. Taste the mixture with a spoon and add agave nectar to taste.
  5. Pour the liquid into ice pop molds. freeze for at least 8 hours or until completely frozen.
  6. To remove pops, run the molds under warm water for 10 seconds. gently wiggle the pops out and enjoy!

Variation

Berry Blast

Replace the pineapple with 1 cup of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or a mixture.

Creamy Bliss

Replace 1 cup of the coconut water with 1 cup of coconut milk or plain coconut milk yogurt.

Shaved Ice

No ice pop molds? No problem! Freeze the mixture in a 12-by-9-inch baking dish. When it's frozen, scoop it out and serve it in a bowl or the dragon fruit skin!

Where to Get It

Dragon fruit: It's available in some supermarkets and in most Asian grocery stores (about $2 to $3 each in the summer and up to $5 in the winter). Choose one that's vibrant in door and gives slightly when squeezed.

Ice pop molds: We used stainless steel Freezycup molds, which come with reusable bamboo sticks ($9 each, lifewithoutplastic.com).

8 Ice Pops

Per serving (one pop): 44 calories, 1g fat, 1g protein, 9g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 8g sugar

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