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Pineapple, Coconut, Mint Ice Pops & Life’s a Beach


It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve living in Muriwai, I’m still in awe of it’s beauty with it’s black sands, crashing sea and moody colours. Most people will run to the beach on a sunny warm day but I love it best when the skies are overcast making the thundering waves look all that more menacing. Eight foot waves where tubing in, I looked longingly at them and the daring riders rocketing down the wave face. But I confess they are far to big for this surfer. When the wave height drops in a day or two I will be out their with the rest of them, nodding when they say it’s been an awesome surf week, omitting the fact that I was watching not surfing earlier in the week ;o). So I ran for my camera and caught a few waves on film instead. It’s it such a beautiful place?

It was still a balmy warm day, perfect for the ice pops I had stashed in the freezer for such an occasion and I was thirsty and exhausted just watching all the action out to sea. Just a simple treat of fresh pineapple, mint leaves and coconut milk all whizzed together and poured into your favourite ice pop container. I’m submitting this to our monthly Sweet NZ mingle which is being hosted by Arfi of HomeMades. If you pop over you will be sure to find a lot more sugary delights to tickle your taste buds.


1 Small pineapple (peeled, cored and chopped, 200ml coconut milk, handful of fresh mint leaves


Whiz all ingredients together in a food processor or blender then pour into ice pop containers and freeze overnight.





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  1. Thanks for the idea Ally, these look perfect for the kids on a hot day. And great pics of the waves, enjoy it out there :)

    January 22, 2013
  2. I love dramatic weather too… A lovely seaside.

    Those ice pops look so refreshing and delicious!



    January 22, 2013
  3. I love the sound of this recipe. Though I’m in the midst of winter on the other side of the world from you, this will be perfect come summer! :)

    January 22, 2013
  4. Great photo Alli – colours, background, everything, and not a melting moment in sight – (I want to remove mine now!). As for that surf, know what you mean about dark and broody – bit too scary for me to be surfing in it at any level though!

    January 23, 2013
  5. ¡¡ I love black sand beaches !! Really a beautiful place in those pictures.

    January 23, 2013
  6. Nice to know there are ‘overcast’ kinda girls like me too. Thought I was lonely.
    Those ice pops make we want to board the next flight to a sunny beach. Beautiful.

    January 23, 2013
  7. These look wonderful – fabulous flavours. And the photographs of the beach are stunning.

    January 23, 2013
  8. Those ice pops look delicious, but it’s too cold here at the moment ;-)

    January 23, 2013
  9. Bev Heaysman #

    Wow how easy is that! Got the pineapple and the coconut milk and Nicole wants to make these today xx Thanks

    January 23, 2013
  10. I love the coast. I was born and brought up on the Manukau Peninsula not far from the coast out there. It’s so moody and atmospheric. These iceblocks with coconut milk sound divine in this hot weather.

    January 23, 2013
  11. Tessa #

    Lovely ice pops and gorgeous photos!

    January 23, 2013
  12. Hey, I’ve been to your beautiful beach! Next time I visit I’ll hit you up for one of these. :)

    January 23, 2013
  13. I love the beach on a windy day, it’s so much more exciting and interesting! Would love to get across the Tasman to visit New Zealand some day soon, your photos are fab!

    January 24, 2013
    • peasepudding #

      Yes come and visit and you have to come to the Westcoast too, my cooking school has a self contained flat you can stay at.

      January 25, 2013
  14. I’m emmigrating! Looks so beautiful and I love coconut and pineapple. It’s a bit like the wild’s of Ireland- all windy and raw.

    January 24, 2013
    • peasepudding #

      It’s a beautiful part of the world and yes like Ireland it warmer ;0)

      January 25, 2013
  15. i like winter beaches too. more dramatic.
    i love how easy this recipe is! sounds so refreshing. i’m not a big fan of coocnut milk (inherited from my mother) so could normal cream suffice?

    January 24, 2013
    • Sue #

      Yes! I have done them with cream and berries so I am sure that pineapple would work. Just a different flavour without the coconut milk.

      January 27, 2013
  16. Nice timing I bought some ice pops container. Anywyas if I am not using them how do you secure popsicle sticks on them, like what you did.

    January 24, 2013
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Ray, with this mix the pineapple makes it quite thick so they stand up ok in the freezer.

      January 25, 2013
  17. Amy #

    What a lovely simple idea. So refreshing. Just need some sunshine now! Or I may make them anyway, to transport me away from chilly days! Sunshine on a stick!

    January 27, 2013
  18. Oh yes please! These are perfect for all these wonderfully hot summer days :)

    January 27, 2013

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