Hello! Today I want to share with you a recipe for a super simple, super healthy Coconut Mango Chia Popsicles! Summer is here, which means popsicles and ice cream and nice cream!! Summer also means mangoes and when I think of mangoes I think of Indian Alphonso mangoes. If I really want to dream big then the Alphonso mangoes from Ratnagiri, which makes me feel like I am in heaven! I have started a Pinterest Board for summer themes and moods and I realised I have filled it with ice-creams and popsicle ideas! Two ideas which really made my heart sing was a mango and coconut popsicle and a mango chia popsicle. I decided to combine the two ideas, remove all the sugar and create these delicious and simple Coconut Mango Chia Popsicles!
The most important aspect to these popsicles is the quality of the ingredients. If you choose ripe, juicy , seasonal mangoes they will be bursting with flavour and sweetness and you will not require any additional flavourings or sweeteners. I really suggest you get your hands on some Indian Alphonso mangoes. They are in season from March-May end. You can also buy the frozen pulp. The colour, texture, aroma and flavour of this fruit is just amazing and makes these Mango Chia popsicles extra special.
For the coconut milk I make my own coconut milk from fresh coconut but you can use tinned ones if you cannot access fresh coconuts or are too busy. I add the chia seeds to thicken the coconut milk. It makes it like a creamy custard and freezes well. Chia seeds is also a good source of protein and good fats and I always find excuses to add it to my meals, desserts and breakfasts. I have used dates and maple syrup as the sweetener and only a small quantity. You can taste it and increase the amount of sweetener if you like, but I would suggest you choose quality sweet fruit over additional sweeteners. Highly sweet foods are addictive but with time if you keep decreasing your consumption of it, your body stops craving this highly destructive food.
Read the recipe below for steps on how to un-mould your popsicles from the popsicle mould without damaging the popsicle. If you like all things frozen and cold then do have a look at my other recipes such as Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles, Nicecream Breakfast Parfait, Healthy Snicker Ice cream bars to mention as few.
Have you had Alphonso mangoes before? Do you have a favourite type of Mango? Do let me know in the comments below. Also keep me posted if you like this recipe idea Coconut Mango Chia Popsicles or recreate it as well. If you use Instagram, then tag your versions with #meghnas as well as tag me @meghnas_ so that I can share your versions on my account as well!