Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I always love dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins and passing out candy. It is also one of the harder holidays for a Paleo family. With all of the candy and treats around every corner, it is a challenge to decide what to allow your kids to participate in.
I made this next recipe to help ease the pain for kids and adults alike. These are my “Candy Corn” popsicles. While they taste nothing like the classic candy corns, their cute colors are perfect for feeling included in the Halloween fun. I made this recipe with some variations so you can decide how much extra sugar you want. If you have been Paleo for a while and your palate is sensitive to sweet, then the lesser amount is probably perfect. If you still love extra sweet treats, add a little extra honey to really feel like this is dessert. Also, feel free to do variations on this. For white you can use banana or even honey dew melon if you prefer!
“Candy Corn” Popsicles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 10 hours
1 ½ cups coconut milk
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
⅛-⅓ cup honey
1 mango, peeled
1 orange, peeled
2-4 tablespoons honey
1-3 tablespoons water
**Natural Food Coloring** Red and Yellow
1 ½ cups pineapple with juice (canned or fresh)
1-3 tablespoons water
**Natural Food Coloring** Yellow
1. In a blender, combine the coconut milk, vanilla extract, coconut extract, and honey (depending on desired sweetness add more or less). Blend on high. Put a small amount of the coconut layer in the bottom of each popsicle. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until the surface is partially frozen.
2. In a blender, blend the peeled and pitted mango, the peeled orange, desired amount of honey, and 1 tablespoon of water. Blend on high. If the mixture is too thick to pour, add 1 tablespoon at a time of water and continue to blend. Then pour or scoop this mixture into each popsicle mold on top of the coconut/white layer.
3. Blend the pineapple with any excess juice with 1 tablespoon of water on high. Add additional water if it is very thick. Spoon or pour this on top of the mango/orange layer. Push the popsicle sticks into each mold and freeze for 8 hours. Then take out and enjoy!
**Depending on the colors of your fruit, your layers may be a little pale. If this is the case you can buy natural food coloring to enhance the colors. Add a small amount of red and yellow to your orange layer, and a small amount of yellow to your pineapple layer.