(Family-friendly features) Whether you spend your summer afternoons sitting by the pool, splashing around in the shallow end, or just soaking up the rays, part of the fun is beating the heat with a cool snack and refreshing. Heading to the freezer for fruity ice cream can transport you from your own backyard to a tropical island, and the experience can be even more rewarding when the tasty treat is homemade.
Cool down after fun in the sun with these kid-friendly Pina Colada Sweet Potato Popsicles, a tropical-inspired dessert made with coconut cream, sweet potatoes, fresh pineapple, juice lime and honey.
Sure to please kids and adults alike, they’re a better option for you when a cold snack calls. As a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association, sweet potato provides a main ingredient rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, as well as a “sweet” flavor with no added sugar.
The ease of this summertime snack means kids can help out in the kitchen, and while you’re waiting for the sweet concoction to freeze, you can share this fun fact with them: the spelling of a single word “sweet potato” has adopted by the national sweetpotato collaborators. in 1989 to avoid confusion with potato and yam among shippers, distributors, storekeepers and consumers. To add to the fun facts, a sweet potato isn’t even botanically related to a white potato; they are two species entirely different from each other.
Pina Colada Sweet Potato Pops
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 3/4 cup mashed and cooked sweet potato
- 3/4 cup diced pineapple
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- coconut flakes (optional)
In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the coconut cream, sweet potato, pineapple, honey, and lime juice. Transfer the dough into freezer molds.
Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Garnish with coconut flakes, if desired.
Source: North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission