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Fruit-Packed Mexican Paleta Recipe

It's the alternative to ice cream your sweet tooth is going to thank you for.

We're predicting that the fruit-based frozen treats called paletas, which originated from Mexico, will soon replace the overhyped, overly caloric cupcake as America's new dessert obsession. A welcome change, since each one of these packs close to a full serving of fruit, rather than a whole lot of refined sugar and artificial flavoring attempting to resemble the taste of fruit. You can choose whatever type of fruit you'd like for your paleta recipe; as long as it can be thrown in the blender with a bit of sugar and pureed, then it's prime paleta material. This recipe is a dream for the kiddie cooks in the family as well as for the parents who want to give their kiddies a healthy treat.

Nutrition: 80 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 15 g sugar

Serves 4

You'll Need

For the Mango-Chile Paleta:

1 mango, peeled, pitted, flesh roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp agave syrup or sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Water

For the Banana Paleta:

2 ripe bananas peeled
1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dark rum (optional)
Pinch of nutmeg

For the Strawberries and Cream Paleta:

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1⁄4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon or lime

How to Make It

Mango-Chile Paleta:

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  1. Place the mango, lime juice, agave syrup, and cayenne in a blender and puree, adding a bit of water if needed to help.
  2. Divide among 4 Popsicle holders and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours. (Do not cheat by checking along the way—the paletas won't freeze properly.)
  3. To easily release the paletas from the holders, run the bottoms briefly under warm water.

Banana Paleta:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree, leaving the mixture slightly chunky if you like.
  2. Divide among 4 Popsicle holders and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  3. To easily release the paletas from the holders, run the bottoms briefly under warm water.

Strawberries and Cream Paleta:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree.
  2. If you don't like seeds, strain them out through a fine sieve.
  3. Divide the mixture among 4 Popsicle holders and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  4. To easily release the paletas from the holders, run the bottoms briefly under warm water.

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