These Mexican popsicles take their name from the Spanish word for “trowel”. Packed with fresh fruit, they aren’t quite as sweet as the conventional, neoncolored variety. To this fruit, add liquid, such as water, herbal tea, fruit juice, or dairy or alternate milk. Then, add a sweetener to bring it all together, like sugar, maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar. Other great additions include spices, nuts or chia seeds.

To make paletas, blend part of the fruit with the liquid, sweetener and spice.

Fill the molds with half of the blended mixture, add a few tablespoons of the reserved, chopped fruit and then fill molds up to ½ inch from the top (the liquid will expand when it freezes). If using nuts, chop and add to molds before pouring anything else in.

Vampiro Paletas

The brightly-colored combination of juices looks like something a vampire would love. A wonderful blend of fruit
and roots!

  • 1 cup orange juice, plus maybe a little more
  • 1 cup carrot juice, or 3 carrots
  • 1 cup of beet juice, or 1 medium beet

If using whole veggies, peel and chop and place in a high-speed blender with 1 cup of water. Process until everything is incorporated and pass through a fine strainer or nut milk bag. Add 1 cup orange juice, and then enough water or orange juice to get 3 cups total liquid.

If using juices, mix together in a jug and fill six 4-oz. ice pop molds to ½ inch below the top. Place sticks in molds and freeze pops 6-8 hours until solid.

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