Pineapple, Mint & Basil Popsicles

 
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Who says adults can’t enjoy popsicles? Quite coarse in texture, and not too sweet due to the addition of lime. These babies are super refreshing, and if you don’t have the patience for them to freeze, it can also be served as a granita. No refined sugar at all, instead its sweetened with more natural sugars like maple syrup, and served with a greek yogurt dip. The pineapple is blended whole, never discard the pulp of any fruit! Removing it, in turn, removes all the insoluble fiber – which keeps your digestive tract healthy and slows down the absorption of sugar.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze: 4+ hours

Ingredients (makes 5 popsicles):

For the popsicles:
1 medium, extremely ripe pineapple, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon basil leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
Pinch of salt

For the dipping sauce:
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon lime juice

  • In a food processor pulse together all ingredients for the popsicles.
  • Using the few mint leaves for the finishing, dip them in the pineapple mixture and stick them on the insides of the popsicle molds.
  • Using a piping bag, fill the mold and place the popsicle stick inside. Freeze for a few hours. To remove the popsicles run the mold under warm water and slowly release.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the dipping sauce and drizzle over the popsicle. Serve frozen.
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This recipe is also included in the e-recipe book “Homey’s Guide To A Healthy Ramadan” which was a campaign launched by the Beat Diabetes Initiative under the Landmark Group, to encourage people to substitute whatever ingredients and methods of cooking that they can, for healthier alternatives.

To learn more about my collaboration with the Landmark group, Beat Diabetes and Homey's Guide to a Healthy Ramadan:

Homey's Guide to a Healthy Ramadan  •  Mélange in the Press  •  Download the cookbook for free.