Isn't it strange that you can have a house full of fancy cakes and other assorted desserts, and yet the thing that sometimes catches you off guard, you know, that one treat that just surprises you with its simplicity and taste, is something you just threw together in a matter of seconds on a whim...? Oh, wait you DON'T have a freezer full of cakes? Maybe I'm just talking about myself then ?, but I hope you know what I mean nonetheless... (and do come over and help me with those cakes, they're really piling up lately ?). Anyhow, these coconut cardamom pops were just that kind of recipe -- almost a non-recipe actually, since it's so basic -- but so delicious and refreshing I couldn't resist sharing.
Now... let's talk about the elephant in the room... you must be wondering what is up with those funny shaped pops, right? You see, I used to have this beautiful popsicle mold, you know, the one everyone uses for their pinterest popsicle recipe shares...? I'm sure you must have seen them. I recall really wanting that very specific mold back in the day (I get very particular on things like that sometimes... no other mold would do). Ended up hunting it down on amazon. Spent my year's blogging income on it ?, and couldn't have been happier when it arrived. I used it once, twice, and then it just sat in my cupboard forever... another useless kitchen gadget in the collection...
Fast forward a few years... and I may have used the mold a total of exactly 0 more times. I'm generally more of an ice cream over a popsicle kind of a person anyways, I thought. And it really seemed like considering the track record so far I'll never be making popsicles again. So I got rid of it. In fact, I was kind of happy not to see that box in the back of the cupboard again.... and then lo and behold: a popsicle craving! What to do...
I scrambled around my pantry and found some leftover tiny paper shot glasses and plastic spoons left... bingo. Not as sleek, or big, as the fancy pops from that mold, but it worked -- phew! Of course you don't have to follow my silly DIY lead here... just go ahead and use your mold if you prefer of course -- but beware, the recipe makes a very small amount -- I got 6 tiny pops, so if you were to use a large popsicle tray (like the one I mentioned above), you'll probably end up with just 2-3 pops max. I dig the minnies personally though.
Now back to coconut and cardamom... it's such a lovely combo. Very refreshing and comforting somehow, especially in combination with the caramely taste of coconut + nectar or maple syrup. If you're not a cardamom fan, use less, or omit altogether. But it is a beautiful thing -- hope you give it a try :) One quick note though, since we're on the subject: some of the cardamom tends to gather at the base -- that's normal -- I kind of liked the intense flavor going on there.
Enjoy the popsicles. Cheers!
A refreshing vegan popsicle made with caramelly coconut nectar and cardamom. Uniquely spiced treat that's sure to delight. Gluten-free, refined-sugar free.
- 1 can light coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut nectar (or maple syrup)
- 1 tsp ground cardamom (or less to taste)
- ½ tsp salt
- Blend all ingredients together into a uniform mixture (I used my magic bullet). Pour into your popsicle mold (or paper cups). Freeze overnight or at least 4-5 hours and enjoy! (note, if using my makeshift paper cup & spoon way, stick the spoon in after freezing the pops for an hour -- that way they'll stand up firm in the center. When ready to eat, the paper cups just needed to be peeled away and discarded).