Pitaya Pops


Go ahead and ask my family just how much Pitaya (dragon fruit) and Acai frozen packets I have purchased this summer.  I'm completely obsessed with the bright magenta color of pitaya.  It rivals with beets and I think that beets are the  most beautiful colored vegetables created for this earth.  I save beet drippings in a jar in my freezer to use in place of food color.  Enough about beets.


We have had too many days this summer with temperatures in the triple digits.  I decided to turn my pitaya smoothie bowls into pitaya pops so I can just grab one out of my freezer at the end of a long hot run (count down for marathon #28 in 4 weeks).  They are so refreshing.  I'm in love


Pitaya Pops are very simple to make.  I'm not lucky enough to find dragon fruit at my local market so I purchase frozen pitaya puree.  You will need:

1 pkt or 4 oz. pitaya (Dragon fruit) puree
1 cup mixed frozen fruit of your choice (berries, cherries, pineapple, bananas, etc)
1 cup coconut water


Put all of the ingredients into a blender.


Blend until thick and smooth.  That's it!


I like to layer my pops with pitaya blend and Greek Yogurt.  You can be creative and make the pops to your liking.  My liking is pitaya/yogurt/raspberries, cocoa nibs and a bit of bee pollen.


First add a layer of the pitaya blend.


Crop in some berries and a few cocoa nibs.


Add a spoonful of yogurt.  Let me confess that this isn't Greek yogurt.  It's Noosa coconut yogurt.  It's my new guilty pleasure when I feel deserving.


Repeat layers.  Add popsicle sticks and freeze for a few hours or overnight.


Just run a bit of warm water around the popsicle mold and they will slide out.  Sprinkle with more cocoa nibs and bee pollen.  

Have I mentioned my obsession with cocoa nibs.  I have a love affair with them.  I put them in and on EVERYTHING!  My husband recently informed me that he didn't have the same love affair for them as I do.  Really?  So I have gone through 3 lbs of cocoa nibs the past 6 months on my own? 

Side note:  Runners world listed cocoa nibs as something all runners should include in their diets. Boom!


If by chance you don't have a mold for popsicles or you just feel like eating it from a bowl, just layer, and top with a cherry and more cocoa nibs for one refreshing, healthy treat.


You're welcome.



Pitaya Pops
1 cup coconut water
1 packet of pitaya puree
1 cup frozen fruit of choice
1/4 - 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh fruit
toppings:  cocoa nibs, bee pollen, nuts

Blend in a blender until smooth.  Layer into molds beginning and ending with pitaya/fruit blend. Layering with pitaya/berries/yogurt, repeat.  Freeze molds for 3 hours or overnight.  Makes about 10 popsicles.


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