This recipe came about due to an accident. Well, more like, due to my frugality.
When I have bought canned coconut milk I have bought the brand in a red can - Thai Kitchen brand. I took a chance and purchased a cheaper brand - Imperial Dragon. I had picked the can up from the shelf and brought it close to my ear where I proceeded to tip it/turn it upside down/shake it. It didn't make any sloshy sounds. That indicated to me that it was not going to be the watery type. That was good. However, I was expecting it to be like Thai Kitchen in that it would have an awesome, thick, dreamy creamy layer on top and the rest would be an opaque layer that I could drain off. So I stuck it in the fridge for the day so that it would be easier to separate once the bulk of the fat/cream solidified.
Alas, it was not what I was expecting. But it was somewhat thick (like yogurt) and very creamy, from the top to the bottom of the can. The flavor was good, too. While I couldn't make what I intended to with it, I thought about making an ice cream. I also had most of a lemon left after a previous meal. So that's where I started. But not where I ended up.
Lemon & Coconut Popsicles
(from Becky @ Becky's Place)
1 - 13.5oz can coconut milk*
15 drops liquid vanilla stevia
2T fresh lemon juice**
1T lemon zest**
1tsp vanilla extract
Mix all in a jar or mixing bowl. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight or until firm.
Number of servings depends on your molds. I have a 4pc set and will get 7 popcicles from this recipe. I could have got 8 if I didn't fill them so completely. These turned out smooth and creamy, no ice crystals after being in the freezer for one day. The xylitol dissolved completely before I poured into the molds, too. *The brand of coconut milk I used contains 3grams sugar and 6grams carbs in the entire can. **Depending on how tangy you would like yours, you may want to start with less juice and zest. I didn't measure mine, just eyeballed it. Another good reason to begin with less. You can always add more, too.
I now need to bellyache. (But I know it's my own damn fault, too.) I gained 10 pounds in 4 days. 10 pounds in 4 days!?! What the hell?!? We took a mini-vacation with family. Lots of food (everything offered was brown) and one night down at the bar is how it happened. Man, but that bartender made a great mudslide... Anyway. I'm back to behaving (and feeling so much better for it, too) today. I also resumed the walking videos, with weights even. Oh, plus I rediscovered the chia seeds I'd bought some time ago and added them to a raspberry protein shake. I love that, in my mind, they pass for berry seeds - makes it so easy to incorporate them into my diet.