Homemade pink popsicles made with the famous cinnamon Speculoos cookie and beautiful pink dragonfruit!
Speculoos cookie pink popsicles! What could be more fun! A cookie crumble inside Pink fruit!💕
And I used a homemade recipe for the famed European Speculoos cookie. However, for those in a time crunch, of course use a store-bought cookie – for instance, Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookies are vegan!
So I told you about the cookie ribbon layer in these pops, but what about the bright pink dragonfruit? Well, dragonfruit, if you are not yet familiar with it, is a tropical fruit that tastes like kiwi and looks gorgeous, obviously!
Want to learn more about dragonfruit?
How to Make Pink Popsicles Pink
Dragonfruit, otherwise known as Pitaya, is indigenous to Central America but is also grown in Thailand and Vietnam. It’s related to the cactus, and the fruit is actually the stem.
Best of all is it is high in magnesium which helps with sleep, iron, fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Try to find a fresh dark-pink pitaya if you can, though white pitayas are more common. I find both sometimes at Asian supermarkets here in DC. But if you can’t, there are a few frozen brands popping up in major supermarket chains, where frozen fruits are.
And as a last resort, you can find it on Amazon if you don’t mind dry ice shipments.
I love the crunchy layer of speculoos in these pops – somehow the spices work well with the fruity dragonfruit taste. The bright pink skin with green scales is the reason it has earned the nickname, “Dragonfruit”. The odd look has also won places in movies and television that stage futuristic settings, including the TV series, “Terranova”.
The other fruit’s other distinction is the black seeds that speckle the inside fruit. Those seeds resemble chia seeds and the nutrition of both those seeds and the fruit meat are not far behind that of chia seeds.
Is Dragonfruit Healthy?
One cup of dragonfruit meat supplies about 9gms of fiber, 6gms of protein, 30% the daily requirement of magnesium, and about 12% daily requirement of iron and vitamin C.
And this gorgeous fruit is a powerhouse of antioxidants, those compounds that dash away the unstable molecules in your body that can cause disease and encourage aging.
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- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 3 (3.5 oz) frozen packets dark pink pitaya
- 1 cup plant yogurt
- 1 tsp baobab powder
- 1/2 box Speculoos cookies (Trader Joe's brand are vegan)
- Blend up popsicle mixture until smoothie. Blend up crumble mixture until crumbly. Pour popsicle mixture in mold about half way, sprinkle crumble, fill with popsicle mixture. Freeze pops for 15 minutes, then pushed in the popsicle sticks, and froze again overnight.
- The next day, dipping the entire mold in a hot bowl of water (not allowing water to touch the popsicles), each pop slipped out with a few tugs.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.