Avocado Pops –
with ‘heat’ to beat the heat!

Avocado Pops

There is nothing new about avocado pops on the internet. There are millions of recipes posts for Avocado Pops when you Google them and most of them are these shown here which have been only slightly adapted from the recipe featured in Fany Gerson’s definitive book on pops (or Mexican paletas) not surprisingly titled “Paletas“. I’m sure everyone with a computer who has been interested in making Avocado Pops has made them already. In fact, if you are a vegan these are probably the only things you are allowed to eat, right? Perhaps you are sick of them then?

Only I hadn’t made them already so this past week when I found myself again with an abundance of ripe avocados (poor me!) and a popsicle mold I couldn’t quite bear to put away for the season I got to work. Short work because these Avocado Pops take no time at all to make and get into the freezer.

I was glad I did too as they made a refreshing and healthy afternoon snack because, um, its been HOT! Very hot.

Avocado Pops

I knew it would be as the sequence of events never changes. Labor day will hit hard with its demands that we end to our summer just as the tourists are leaving town so we can enjoy it’s rhythms to ourselves. Fashionistas then tell us to put away our white jeans and summer wardrobes while the rest of the nation tweets and Instagrams about how wonderful it is that Pumpkin Spice Latte is available once again.

We then descend into a blistering heatwave.

So you see why I was particularly inclined to get around to making these Avocado Pops at this time of year. It may seem a bit counter intuitive to suggest adding some cayenne pepper to Avocado Pops in such hot weather but it does make perfectly good sense when you consider that spicy hot foods may actually cool the body by increasing blood circulation and perspiration. When you sweat it releases heat and triggers the body’s cooling system.

I didn’t add cayenne here to cause much sweating but rather just enough to provide an added element to what would have been a rather mild avocado tasting pop. That wouldn’t be a bad thing mind you, but as I said, there are already a few million posts of that recipe already.

I got to thinking that this pop had sweet, sour, and heat so before eating I gave a few sprinkles of A very light dusting of fluer de del and was very pleased with my additions to this already well traveled recipe.

Avocado Pops

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Avocado Pops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: 8-10 Avocado Pops

Serving Size: 1 Pop

Avocado Pops

Adapted from "Palletas" by Fany Gerson

This is what you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados or one large ripe of another, larger variety
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • scant 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional or to taste)
  • Fluer de sel (optional)

This is how you make it:

  1. Make a sugar syrup by putting sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium high heat and stirring until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture barely comes to a boil. Off heat and set aside until syrup comes to room temperature.
  2. Cut avocados, remove pit, and scrape flesh into a food processor (which works much better than a blender). Add the cooled syrup and salt and process until smooth and creamy. Add the lime juice and cayenne (if using) and combine until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Divide the mixture into your conventional molds, snap on lid and insert sticks. Freeze for 6 hours. If you are using unconventional molds such as paper cups or ice cub trays then freeze for 1-2 hours and insert sticks or toothpicks and continue freezing.


About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don’t know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]” means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small ‘boom’ in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a “food blog” or even myself a “food blogger”.

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  1. Blistering heat wave (please end). GREG

  2. Thank you for keeping it summer. If this were a pumpkin spiced popsicle, I think I would have cried (and not in a good way).

    Stay cool…

  3. my kiddos just ate some avocado pops at their Aunt & Uncles house and couldn’t put them down! 🙂 Very nice!

  4. Fleur de sel ^^

    Great recipe, I’ll have some avocado pops ready to eat today !!!
    I think I will try too with honey instead of sugar syrup and Sichuan pepper.
    Yum yummmm

  5. Wow! I love this… have not seen avocado pops before your recipe. Love your work!

  6. You’re holding on to summer, aren’t you? We are waiting for it. 🙂

    It won’t be long before it’s hot down here and I’ll be havin’ one a them there avocado pops.

  7. This heat wave has got to end. I can not take it. Avocado pops are new to me. So what planet have I been living on, you might ask? Geez, this is one that slipped right past me, but I love the idea. They ae beautiful.

  8. You should try living in Palm Springs. September and October have to be the worst months of the year. While the rest of the country is getting cozy with fall clothing, making roasts and pumpkin things – we are generally still sweltering, wearing white and our summer skivvies!

    These would be perfect in Palm Springs – they even color coordinate with our mid-century mojo down here 🙂

  9. avocado pops
    for a blistering heat wave
    i would bathe in them

  10. Yummy!

  11. That color! stunning.

  12. There may be many but this spicy version is really, really, really intriguing Trevor! And I’m on a lime obsession, so I’ll keep it close.

  13. Hi Trevor,

    I just found your blog and am loving it! These pops look scrumptious. I really enjoy using avocados as a base for desserts, so I will definitely be trying these out! 🙂