There’s a brief moment in between spring and summer where you can take advantage of the rhubarb and strawberry crossover. I usually miss it (those fleeting fruits drive me nuts!), but not this time. In the later summer, though, these are just as amazing with a peach and blueberry combo and some chopped candied ginger in the mix. Depending on the sweetness and ripeness of the fruit, adjust the agave nectar to taste.
1 1/2 cups (360mL) chopped rhubarb
1 cup (240mL) sliced strawberries
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
4 to 5 tablespoons (60mL to 75mL) agave nectar, divided*
1 can (13.5oz) lite coconut milk
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
Put the rhubarb, strawberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons (30mL) of the agave nectar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and cook until the fruit is softened and the mixture is thick, about 10 minutes. Add agave nectar to taste. Let cool.
Put the coconut milk, 2 tablespoons (30mL) of the agave nectar, and the vanilla extract in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Alternate pouring the fruit mixture and coconut milk mixture in the ice pop molds until each one is filled. Add the sticks. Freeze until firm.
Note: If agave nectar isn’t your thing, any liquid sweetener works well here, though will slightly impact the taste.