Seattle has officially been hit by the summer bug and you know that means popsicles. You are probably going to be seeing a lot of popsicle recipes here this summer.
We have been encouraging our older son (he is 5) to think about starting a little business. Mostly to teach him about the value of money and to start thinking about basic business principles.
Last week on the drive home from school, he announced that he wanted to start a popsicle business for the summer – specializing in totally refined-sugar-free popsicles. How freaking adorable is that!?
We spent some time this past weekend dreaming up all kinds of flavor combinations and having some serious conversations about how to avoid refined sugar.
While we were researching, we came across a drink commonly made in the South Pacific called ‘Otai. If you are not familiar, ‘Otai is a Tongan fruit drink commonly made with coconut milk, coconut water and some type of ripe tropical fruit – most often watermelon. It is usually served very cold with bits of coconut meat, a touch of sweetener and a splash of lime juice. Sounds amazing right?
As I was reading about the recipe, all I could think was ‘Otai popsicles. And, I knew right away that I wanted to use Pacific Foods new Organic Coconut Milk (Original) non-dairy beverage. Because, not only is it delicious and organic but, it is conveniently a blend of coconut milk and coconut water. Pacific uses coconut water to sweeten the coconut milk instead of refined sugar. It is also caraggeenen, soy, gluten and yeast free. Win. Win. Win.
Do you remember last year when I traveled to Oregon to learn more about Pacific Foods? If so, then you know I not only use Pacific Foods products but have the upmost respect for their business ethics and ingredient integrity. If not, learn more about Pacific and about my trip.
I am happy to announce that I have partnered with Pacific Foods as a Culinary Ambassador for the rest of 2015 to bring you delicious creations featuring Pacific Foods products.
So, let’s start off with some refreshing popsicles. Some ‘Otai popsicles and see if we can’t capture just a little taste of the South Pacific vibe to kick off summer.
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'Otai Coconut Watermelon Popsicles
- 14 ounces cubed watermelon seedless
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 14 ounces Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Milk Original
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Place all ingredients except shredded coconut in blender (or food processor).
Blend until liquefied. I used the "smoothie" setting on my high-powered blender. Stir in shredded coconut and pour into popsicle molds.
Freeze until set and Enjoy!
Disclosure: I am being compensated by Pacific Foods as a Culinary Ambassador. As always, I only partner with companies whose ethics and ingredients align with my values and am proud to partner with Pacific.