Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vegan Dragon Fruit Push-Up Pops

Vegan Dragon Fruit Push-Up Pops
Summertime is about summer fun. We play hard and love to have that time to make memories and be active at the same time. We don't want heavy and hot desserts when we are that active and working up a sweat. This recipe shows you how to make not only a refreshing dessert or treat but your own push-up pop you would be glad to serve your family. Those other push-ups are far from natural and don't have much in the way of fruit and we want our love ones to cool down but also be healthy. These layers of fresh fruit and great flavors makes you not miss those traditional pops. Each layer unique but it all works together to give you a tasty pop that will cool you down and show your family or guests you care. Serve as desired at home or great for parties and BBQs. Enjoy!

Vegan Dragon Fruit Push-Up Pops

Ingredients
Dragon Fruit Layer
-1 15-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
-1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste
-Pinch salt
-4 teaspoons cornstarch
-1 1/2 cups dragon fruit, peeled and chopped
-1/2 cup organic limeade juice (Santa Cruz Brand)
Watermelon Layer
-1 1/2 cups seedless watermelon
-3/4 cup sugar
-Pinch Salt
-1 small mint leaf
-1/2 cup organic limeade juice (Santa Cruz Brand)
Fruit
-1/4 cup fresh blueberries (you will need 5 to 6 blueberries per pop) 

Directions

Used in this Recipe
Santa Cruz Limeade
Dragon Fruit Layer
Clean and chunk up your dragon fruit and set aside when ready to use. 

Cleaned & Chunked Dragon Fruit
Ready to Use Fruit
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste this mixture and add more sugar if desired. Depends on how sweet your dragon fruit is with the limeade. 

Dragon Fruit in Blender
Placed Fruit in Blended
(Other Ingredients added after) 
Once the mixture is smooth, transfer the dragon fruit mixture in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. 

Ready to Simmer Dragon Fruit Mixture
Bring to a simmer over medium heat until it starts to boil, whisking constantly. Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes.

Boiling Dragon Fruit Mixture
Whisk until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a wooden spoon. At this point I place it in a large glass measuring cup with plastic wrap on top and cool in the fridge until completely chilled. 
Ready to Chill Mixture
Chill at least 3-4 hours, or up to 24 hours. Once chilled completely, it is ready to use. 

Chilled Mixture
Watermelon Layer
Combine all your ingredients into a blender and puree and blend until smooth. 

Watermelon Mixture Blended
Watermelon Mixture Blended
I let this mixture sit and to let the flavors of the lime and mint blend with the watermelon while the dragon fruit mixture cools. Once the dragon fruit mixture has chilled, I blend the watermelon mixture once more to mix again and then strain the mixture to seperate the mint and any seeds that may remain. 

Strained Watermelon Mixture
Strained Watermelon Mixture
Assembly
Place your push pop mold on a baking sheet with all bottoms placed and bottoms facing down, ready to fill. You will need 12 molds for this recipe. 

First you will fill each mold half way up with about 1/4 cup of the dragon fruit mixture. Once each pop is filled, place covers on top and place in the freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours or until frozen. 

Layered Pops
(Without Tops) 
Dragon Fruit Layer
Layer Ready to Freeze
Once the dragon fruit layer has froze you can continue the last layer. Place your 5 to 6 blueberries on top of the dragon fruit.

5 to 6 Blueberries Each
Fruit Layer
Then pour your watermelon mixture on top to make your last layer. 

Filled Molds
Pops Ready to Freeze
(Without Tops) 
Once you have this layer placed, carefully place the tops back on and return it to the freezer to set up completely until solid, 4 to 5 hours minimum. If you have any watermelon mixture left, you can make a smoothie or drink straight up, very refreshing.

Chilled Pops
Remove from the freezer as needed and place stick and serve. Goes great on a hot day or served at a party or BBQ. Nothing will cool you down faster and make you feel good about serving them to your love ones. Enjoy!

Ready to Serve Pops

-Amy