Recipes

Strawberry Plum Basil Pops

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When I stepped into my home after spending several hours in the balmy air of the heat wave we are currently facing, I was greeted by an even more intense mugginess. No one had been home, so this was some seriously stagnant stuff. If you’ve ever forgotten to park your car in the shade before spending seven hours at an amusement park and then gotten back in at five, you know what I mean. I promise, I have a very high heat tolerance, but this was just too much. We’re talking 96 degree weather, without humidity! Throw in some New York City fumes and you’ve got yourself the essence of a worn out gym bad, straight out of a warm locker. Any who, I scrambled to press my air conditioner’s “on” button with a feeling that can be compared to that of Matt Damon as he desperately duct taped his punctured helmet shut in The Martian, and thought, Something must be done. 

And what is the absolute panacea for a sweltering summertime??

Popsicles!

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So,

I opened the fridge, pulled out some plum and strawberries- delicious,

grabbed a bottle of coconut water from beneath the counter- yumehhh,

flew onto the terrace and plucked some sprigs of fresh basil-refreshing,

and off I went.

Below is what I came up with! A few hours of a.c. and a popsicle later, I was happy.

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Strawberry Plum Basil Pops

Makes 4 popsicles*

Ingredients

2 sliced plums
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp raw sugar
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
coconut flakes
handful of chopped basil

Instructions

1. Place several strawberry slices against the inside of the popsicle molds
2. Blend remaining strawberries, plums, coconut water, and sugar in a blender
3. Pour the mixture into the molds
4. Freeze at least 6 hours
5. Remove the popsicles from the freezer and allow them to thaw for five minutes
6. While the pops thaw, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave or on a stove top, stirring continuously.
7. Line a cutting board with parchment paper
8. Lay the popsicles on the cutting board and pour the melted chocolate over them
9. Sprinkle with coconut and basil, and immediately return to freezer until ready to serve
10. Bite and say “berry delicious!”
*Keep in mind that you can make more or less, depending on the size of your popsicle molds.
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