It’s been H-O-T here. I’m talking upper 70’s and low 80’s since May, which, for Seattle, is a bit strange. The warm summer weather doesn’t usually reliably kick in until right around July 4th.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining. Not at all. I live for this weather – bring me all of the heat, sun, sweat and sand. But dealing with all the heat and sun in a city notorious for its lack of air-conditioning, yeah, that requires popsicles.
These Spiced Mango Popsicles with Ginger are a bit more adult minded than the ‘Otai Coconut Watermelon pops I posted a couple of weeks ago.
The subtle hint of cayenne pepper and fresh kick of ginger juice may be a bit strong for most kids, especially since these are free of any added sugar or sweetener.
After both of my boys are in bed for the night, I like to take a hot shower and wash away any stress from the day – it’s like a little reset for me. Then I grab a popsicle, sit on the deck and spend some time reconnecting with my husband.
It’s a small thing, but when you are a mom and spend most of your day caring for others, having a popsicle in the freezer that is just for you is a fun treat.
- The ripeness of the mango really matters here since we are not adding any additional sweetener. Let that mango sit out until its super soft and fragrant!
- Stick with ginger juice and do NOT use grated or chopped ginger because when it freezes the grated or chopped ginger root pieces will have a “hairy” texture in the popsicle.
- If you use a “coconut milk beverage”, make sure it is unsweetened. I like Pacific Foods new line of coconut milk drinks (they are organic and carageenen free!). Alternately, you can use light canned coconut milk (I like this brand) or watered down full-fat coconut milk.
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Spiced Mango Popsicles with Ginger
- 2 medium ripe mangoes approx 20 to 22 ounces flesh
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 teaspoons freshly pressed ginger root juice you can use a garlic press!
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage OR canned light coconut milk see NOTES
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to popsicle molds - I use this one and freeze until set.