Makes 8 servings
2 dragon fruit, flesh scooped out of the skin and diced
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
2 cups unsweetened coconut water, divided
Agave nectar to taste
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.
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!
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Fat: 1 g
Protein: 1 g
Fiber: 1 g
8 hours, 10 minutes