Mango Chili Lime Popsicles


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So here we are. It’s the middle of August and summer is practically over. I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda wondering if we even had a ‘real’ summer. Here in Chicago, we only had, I don’t know, four or five days where the temperatures were over 90 degrees. Heck, on July 3rd I was wearing arm warmers, a base layer and a vest on my ride because it was 53 degrees!

What are ya gonna do? It’s the same all over–record low temperatures. Last year summer started in March and we were cooked by August. Don’t get me wrong, 70-80 degree temps are sublime, on or off the bike. It’s just that…we had such a long winter and fall will be here so soon and I just don’t have that, “I’m tired of sweating all the time” feeling yet. I’m not yet looking forward to cozy sweaters and hot apple cider–I still want to go to the beach and hang out on rooftops late at night. I want to feel the rush of hot air hit me on the way out of my might-as-well-be-a-walk-in-freezer office building at the end of the day.

It certainly hasn’t been hot enough to dream of popsicles, but I already bought the molds so I better do something with them. This is one of my tributes to summer–Mango Chili Lime popsicles. They are so delightfully cheery with their bright yellow hue, all flecked confetti-like with minced chili peppers. They practically scream, “IT’S STILL SUMMER ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR”!

Mango Chili Lime Popsicles

Makes 10 popsicles

Gather:
4 ripe mangos, peeled and cut into chunks
1 chili pepper, seeded and diced (serrano, habanero, jalapeño)
1/2 c. plain coconut water
1/4 c. agave nectar
juice and grated zest of one lime
1/4 tsp. salt

 

Method:

Place the coconut water and diced chili pepper in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. (This will infuse the water with the heat from the pepper.) Add the mango and bring to a boil. Cook the mixture for 3-4 minutes more. (If the mangos are very ripe you can skip this step.) Remove the pan from heat and let cool.

When the fruit has cooled, pour it into a high-powered blender. Add the agave nectar, lime zest, lime juice, and salt. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set, about 4-5 hours. To unmold the popsicles, place in a pan of lukewarm water for about a minute.