Sometimes I get criticism from new visitors who see my “one ingredient” recipes that have more than one ingredient. Of course, if you’ve read the One Ingredient Diet page or the Manifesto, you’ll understand that the whole point is to take single-ingredient foods and combine them into recipes. But for all the haters out there, THIS is a truly ‘one ingredient’ recipe. All you need is one whole coconut, a blender, and some popsicle molds. As always, you can spice things up with a little ginger or some sweetener, but the pure ‘one ingredient’ coconut pops are pretty delicious by themselves.

Coconut Pops

Makes about 4 popsicles


  • 1 coconut
  • Optional: agave/maple syrup
  • Optional: fresh grated ginger
  • Optional: fresh berries

Step One

Punch two holes into the top of the coconut and drain the water into a glass. Then, crack the coconut in half and remove at least 75% of the meat. For this step, success is defined as completing the job with all your fingers intact. 🙂

Step Two

Combine the coconut water, coconut meat, and any/all of the optional ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until very well incorporated. Transfer the coconut to popsicle molds and allow to freeze for several hours.

NOTE: even after blended, the coconut water and meat will separate in the freezer. To prevent this, shake or stir the popsicle molds after about 45-60 minutes in the freezer and then they should freeze smoothly.

While the plain coconut pops are great by themselves, they are also a nice “base” for other ingredients to create interesting flavors. An idea? Add a few raspberries while blending, then throw in a few chopped berries just before pouring into the molds. This can be a fun recipe to experiment with: let your imagination go crazy and tell me what you come up with in the comments!

Extra Credit: Coconut Shaved Ice

If you want to get all kinds of fancy, bust out the mandolin and shave the popsicle after it is frozen. The mandolin will easily create nice, thin slices of frozen coconut that make a light and refreshing end to a good meal.

Shaved Coconut

Coconut Shaved Ice