Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sweet Potato Paletas A.K.A Popsicles

Sweet Potato Paletas 

Source: Via Sweet Treat Baking

Sweet potato is one of our favorite vegetables. It's healthy, cheap and very versatile. We always willing to try anything sweet potato related. While browsing Pinterest, of course, we stumbled upon this amazing recipe for sweet potato popsicles a.k.a sweet potato paletas.  A paleta is a Latin American ice pop usually made from fresh fruit  .Paleta flavors can be divided in two categories: cream-based and water-based. This sweet potato paleta recipe is easy is easy to make, low and fat and sugar, refreshing and very nutritious.

Sweet Potato Paletas 
Yields approximately 12 pops, depending on mold size 

1 large sweet potato 
4 Tbl Apple Juice
1 1/2 c (13.8 oz) Coconut Milk (beverage, not the culinary coconut milk from a can) 
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
optional: sweetener of choice . I’d use a couple tablespoons of honey or maple syrup, if it was allowed for me.  OR add a little vanilla coconut yogurt.  
  1.  Wash sweet potato & pierce the skin with a fork or sharp knife. Place sweet potato into an oven safe dish & roast at 350 F until fork-tender. (Mine took approximately 60 minutes in our toaster oven). 
  2. Once cooked, let the sweet potato cool completely (I put mine in the refrigerator overnight. 
  3. After the potato has cooled, remove the skin & add to a blender or food processor.  Add the apple juice, coconut milk, cinnamon & vanilla.  Process on high speed until well blended.  Add additional coconut milk if the mixture is too thick. 
  4. Pour into your popsicle molds, leaving some headspace at the top to allow for expansion during freezing.  
  5. Place in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours.  
  6. After 2 hours of freezing, insert the sticks. Continue to freeze for an additional 10-24 hours.  
  7. To unmold, fill a large bowl with warm water. Set the frozen mold into the warm water for 30 seconds & remove the mold. Gently lift the paletas out of the mold & place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with a second layer of parchment & allow to freeze for 30 additional minutes. 
  8. After the additional freezing, the pops are ready to be consumed. If not eating right away, wrap them well & store in the freezer. 
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