I don't usually do things like this, but I set a goal for myself this summer. I've been wanting to make these Mango Lassi Popsicles since Tracy posted the recipe. It's from last June. Yeah. I figured if I made it a goal, I might actually do it, and whaddya know. IT WORKED.
I did have a couple of obstacles to overcome. One, I needed popsicle molds (easily solved, I ordered these). Two, I recently decided to cut dairy out of my diet (I may have more to say about that later) and these are yogurt based popsicles. Thankfully, there are a lot of non-dairy yogurt options now, and my local Whole Foods had a coconut milk option that I thought might work.
Aside from the yogurt, the only other modifications I made were using frozen mangoes and cutting the amount of honey by one tablespoon. I thought the vanilla flavor in the yogurt (as opposed to the plain in the original recipe) might make them too sweet. However, after reading this article about rock hard popsicles (turns out they need sugar to prevent being frozen solid), I might keep that extra tablespoon in there next time. (My end result was not rock hard, but I wouldn't mind them being a little less solid.)
I love these popsicles so much. The cardamom gives them an unexpected flavor and I think it keeps them from being too sweet. And since I used frozen mangoes, I almost always have all the ingredients on hand to make a batch. Which will definitely be happening again soon!
Mango Lassi Popsicles (Dairy Free)
Adapted from Shutterbean
- 1 bag of Trader Joe's organic frozen mangoes (about 12oz)
- 1 cup Greek style coconut milk yogurt (I used vanilla, but would recommend plain if you can find it)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 tsp lime juice
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup water
If you have time, let the mangoes defrost a little bit. (I defrosted mine a little in the microwave, but probably should have let them defrost more because I ended up needing an extra 1/4 cup of water.) After they've defrosted, put the mangoes and everything else in the blender and whir together until smooth. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds of choice and pop them in the freezer for about an hour. Now you'll add the popsicle sticks. Put 'em back in the freezer, and keep them there until they're solid, 4-5 hours. Unmold, and eat!