When it’s this easy to make your own coconut milk, pineapple and grenadine frozen treats, you will definitely want to try these tropical popsicles. All you need for this luscious layered popsicle recipe is four ingredients. Those are grenadine, canned crushed pineapple, coconut milk, and coconut flakes. Those four ingredients combine to make the most delicious exotic coconut ice pops. These sugar free popsicles are perfect for the summer.
There are plenty of tropical popsicles on the market as well as sugar free popsicles. However, many of these are full of ingredients you might not necessary want to have. These homemade tropical popsicles are just what you need and you also know exactly what is in them.
What is Grenadine?
Before we go any further, what is grenadine exactly? A lot of us know it as an ingredient that often makes an appearance in cocktails. But what is it? Well grenadine is a bright red, non-alcoholic syrup. It combines sweet with tart flavours.
Grenadine is traditionally made from pomegranate, sugar and water. The ingredients aren’t regulated though, so different brands use different ingredients. So if you’ve only had grenadine in a tequila sunrise, wait until you see how tasty it in is homemade tropical popsicles!
How to Make this Layered Popsicle Recipe
You will need twelve popsicle moulds, although if you only have six you can halve the recipe. The first thing you need to do is add some grenadine to each mould. After that you can add some canned crushed pineapple. Next in go the coconut flakes and then some coconut milk. Add popsicle sticks and pop them in the freezer. See how easy these coconut ice pops are!
The ingredients in this coconut milk, pineapple and grenadine recipe are similar to those in other tropical treats. Perhaps you have a favourite drink with coconut and pineapple or maybe you like the ingredients in a pie or cake.
Are These Sugar Free Popsicles?
These aren’t sugar free popsicles exactly because the grenadine does typically contain sugar. In fact some brands don’t even contain any pomegranate. Instead they are mainly sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
If you want to eliminate the sugar from the recipe, make sure you use canned pineapple in juice rather than sugar syrup. You can also switch the grenadine for a sugar-free syrup in whichever fruity flavour you prefer. You know those syrups you can get from the store which you mix with water? Any of those would make a great grenadine sub.
Finally, choose unsweetened coconut flakes if you want to eliminate sugar from these tropical popsicles.
Variations on these Coconut Ice Pops
Since this is a basic recipe for tropical popsicles, you can play around with add-ins. Consider a splash of coconut rum for a boozy kick. Add a splash of orange juice too and you have a Bahama Mama popsicle!
A word of warning though: alcohol has a much lower freezing point than home freezers can handle. That means if you put too much alcohol in your layered popsicle recipe, it won’t freeze properly. It will end up as a type of slushie instead. Slushies can also be delicious of course, but that’s not what we are going for here.
If you don’t want the crunch of coconut flakes you can omit them from the popsicles. Also, for sugar free popsicles remember you can always add a little artificial sweetener to get the sweetness without the sugar.
I like to experiment with coconut milk, pineapple and grenadine. They’re all things which go well with so many other ingredients. Try some banana in the popsicles or consider sliced strawberries. Pretty much any kind of fruit works, so have fun playing around with the recipe!
How Long Do Coconut Ice Pops Take to Freeze?
Now you’re all set to make these tropical popsicles you might be curious how long you’re going to have to wait to enjoy them! The answer actually depends on the shape and size you make them. And that of course depends on the popsicle moulds you are going to use.
Count on the popsicles taking anywhere from three and eight hours to fully set. If you’re in a rush (and I wouldn’t blame you!) turn your freezer down extra cold so they freeze faster.
Once these coconut milk, pineapple and grenadine pops are perfectly frozen, you can try one. Run the mould under warm water for a few seconds if you need to loosen the tropical popsicles from the moulds.
If you are a fan of these tropical popsicles with coconut milk, pineapple and grenadine, you might also like Refreshing Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Popsicles, Fresh Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles with Cookie Crumble, Sweet Tea Raspberry Popsicles or Tangy Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles.
Tropical Popsicles with Coconut Milk, Pineapple and Grenadine Recipe
Tropical Popsicles with Coconut Milk, Pineapple and Grenadine
- 1/4 Cup grenadine
- 8 Oz. crushed pineapple canned
- 2 Cups coconut milk
- 1/4 Cup coconut flakes
- Start by adding a splash of grenadine to each popsicle mold.
- Carefully add 1 Tbsp. of crushed pineapple to each mold. This will help to keep the grenadine and pineapple separated in layers.
- Add 1 Tsp. of coconut flakes to the popsicles. Top with coconut milk until just about filled. Place popsicle stick cover over the top and freeze.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
You will love the flavours in this layered popsicle recipe. They’re perfect for a warm summer afternoon when you want to enjoy the weather and enjoy a delicious icy treat as well.
Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.