Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

I  tasted my first PALETA  on a beach in Mexico. Most recently, I’ve seen vendors offering them at summer music festivals.

Paletas are frozen fruit bars on a stick, – the Mexican version of ‘popsicles’.  Made with wholesome ingredients such as fresh fruits and purees, while some of the traditional flavours may be dairy-based.  These yummy treats are whole food, nutrient-dense, and you can create any flavour combination. Make them dairy-free and beautifully rich by using coconut milk.

Frozen pop molds an be purchased in specialty kitchen stores or online, (like Amazon.) I use an extra large ice cube silicon tray and some wooden sticks found at a grocery, kitchen or crafting store.

Here are a few flavour combinations. I sweeten with coconut nectar thinned with a small amount of hot water – the glycemic index is low and it adds a subtle coconut flavour.




2 cups of washed and halved fresh strawberries

½  cup fresh mint leaves

½ c lime juice

zest of ½ organic lime

pinch of sea salt

3 Tbsp coconut nectar or Maple syrup, thinned with 1/3 cup boiled water



  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Divide among the molds and insert sticks, doesn’t matter if they don’t stand up straight
  3. Freeze until solid, minimum 4 hours


AVOCADO, CACAO & COCONUT PALETA (a healthy fudgsicle!)


1/3 cup raw cacao powder

1 ½ cups unsweetened light coconut milk, or carton/refrigerated coconut milk

2 small perfectly ripe avocadoes (use Haas variety, as they give a smooth texture)

-use 1 Tbsp of coconut nectar or maple syrup if desired



  1. Heat coconut milk on the stove
  2. Add raw cacao powder and sweetener, blend with whisk
  3. Cool completely
  4. Slice avocado in half, remove pit, scoop out avocado flesh
  5. Add all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
  6. Divide among the molds and insert sticks
  7. Freeze until solid, minimum 4 hours




1 can full fat coconut milk

3 Tbsp real maple syrup

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut



  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour into the molds.
  2. Place in freezer and let sit for 4 hours