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Carol Kicinski
Want to cool off with a gluten- and dairy-free treat? These Pineapple Coconut Pops are just what you need this summer!

Chill out with homemade Pineapple Coconut Pops

Author Byline Image   Summer is in full swing! While this is great news, it also means that swim suit season is upon us. The very idea of putting on a swim suit can strike fear into the heart of even the most courageous.
   These simple Pineapple Coconut Pops are a great way to beat the heat with a lighter way of eating treats. They have just three ingredients and require only a blender and some way of freezing the pops – you can use a cool Popsicle mold or even just use paper cups with wooden sticks.
   Pineapple is packed with digestive enzymes which keep the digestive
Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Pineapple Coconut Pops
Makes 10, depending on mold used
4 ½ cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup stevia, plus more to taste or ¾ cup Organic Sweet and Lite
   Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
   Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
   Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze for 3 hours or until frozen solid.
tract in good order – a real plus if you are looking to shed a few pounds.
   Coconut milk is filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes which will keep the body hydrated as the temperatures continue to soar. You can use full-fat coconut milk (healthy fat – not the bad kind) or to cut calories even more, use light coconut milk.
   To cut back on sugar, stevia is a good option for balancing the tartness of the pineapple without added calories.
If you are like me and have found it difficult to jump on the stevia bandwagon, there are products out there like Organic Sweet and Lite from Wholesome Sweeteners, which is a blend of organic stevia and organic sugar with half the calories of sugar. I prefer this recipe with the Organic Sweet and Lite but if you want to use all stevia, start with ¼ cup and add more to taste.
   Summer is here, it’s time to lighten up and chill out – these pops are a delicious way to do both!