Paletas are Mexican popsicles and they come in a variety of flavors, generally fruit juice or cream-based. These Paletas de Aguacate y Coco, Avocado and Coconut Popsicles, are perfect for the upcoming summer season. The flavor may sound a bit odd, but avocados are particularly popular in Mexico. I blended chopped avocado with coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth to create a creamy and refreshing texture without the need for milk. I transferred the mixture to popsicle molds and placed them in the freezer until solid. Don’t have popsicle molds? You can use paper cups and popsicle sticks or even drink the mixture straight from the blender as a smoothie.
I dipped a few of the chilled paletas into melted and slightly cooled dark chocolate (use dairy-free if desired to keep the popsicles vegan). It can also be drizzled over the top. Sprinkle them immediately with dried, shredded coconut. The chocolate sets quickly once it hits the cold surface of the popsicle.
For a different flavor, you can squeeze in some lime juice in place of the vanilla extract.
Paletas de Aguacate y Coco (Mexican Avocado and Coconut Popsicles)
Adapted from Muy Bueno
2 avocados, peeled, seed removed, and chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melted and slightly cooled dark chocolate
Dried, shredded coconut
In a blender, puree the avocados, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. Lightly hit the filled popsicle molds against the counter to help remove bubbles. Freeze until solid.
If desired, dip the frozen popsicles in melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle with coconut.