Paleta de Batata y Coco (Sweet Potato & Coconut Popsicles)

Paleta de Batata y Coco (Sweet Potato & Coconut Popsicles). No better way to cool down on hot days!

In my head paleta de batata con coco (sweet potato and coconut popsicles) and summer are indelibly connected.

When I was a kid I spent many a summer in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of San Carlos, where one of my aunts lived. Back then it was the kind of old-fashioned middle class neighborhood you see in movies depicting the Spanish Caribbean. It was a quiet place of tranquil streets and colorful old houses that lent itself to childhood exploration.

Paleta de Batata y Coco (Sweet Potato & Coconut Popsicles). No better way to cool down on hot days!

Besides the memories of Hurricane David pounding Santo Domingo into a pulp, the other clear memory I have of those days was walking every afternoon to buy helados de potecitos (homemade ice cream in baby food jars) at a neighbor’s house.

In the Santo Domingo of today, full of apartment buildings, not only has San Carlos become unrecognizable, but these childhood treats are probably long gone.

Of all the flavors available in those days -some not very healthy – batata (sweet potato) was my favorite. Some time ago I decided to recreate my favorite childhood treat.

Paleta de Batata y Coco (Sweet Potato & Coconut Popsicles). No better way to cool down on hot days!

Once I embarked on this project, I noticed that this is a very good option as an afternoon treat for the little ones. If you keep in mind not to overdo it with the sugar, it can be fairly nutritious.

As the Dominican saying goes: “Cuando el hambre da calor, la batata es un refresco” (when hunger makes you hot, sweet potatoes are a cold drink). And if it is this insane heat to blame for it, make yourself a sweet potato popsicle.

Aunt Clara
Paleta de batata (Sweet potato popsicles)
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Easy to make, refreshing and nutritious. Paleta/helado de batata y coco recipe (Sweet potato & coconut popsicle) is the perfect summer treat.
Serves: 6 paletas
  • 1 lb [0.45 kg] of batata (sweet potato), peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of milk (whole or skim)
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of sugar (may not be used all)
  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into small pieces. Boil until they are very soft, having added the salt to the water. Remove from the water, discard water and let the batata cool to room temperature.
  2. Mix sweet potatoes, milk, coconut milk and vanilla and blend to a liquid state. Add sugar to taste. Pour into the popsicle molds (or plastic cups) and place the stick.
  3. Freeze hard.
Dominican batatas are technically sweet potatoes, although a different variety from the orangey one available in most countries. You can read more here.

You can use almond milk, or other milk substitute if you wish. Instead of sugar, use sweetener of your choice if you like. Substitutions may change the flavor, so keep that in mind.
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Serving size: 2 popsicles (aprox)
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  • Shely October 12, 2013, 1:16 PM

    Will definetly try this one

  • Gracie February 5, 2013, 5:49 PM

    This website is probably my new favorite! I went to the Dominican Republic and fell in love. The climate and culture were my idea of perfection. But most of all, I loved the food. My mouth started watering the second I even read the name of this website. I am sooooo grateful to you for posting this. :)

    • lora February 22, 2013, 8:41 PM

      Que gusto me das q esiste y q sigas llevabdo nuestras raises mas alla , lla me havia olvidado de lo rrico q es un helado de batata y claro con leche de coco lo boy a haser muchas gracis por todo besos .

  • MARINA January 30, 2013, 1:06 PM


  • Alexis January 1, 2013, 11:24 PM

    ¡Aún se venden los helados de funditas aquí en la Isla! Mi tia, que los hace mejor que nadie es de las pocas personas que aún los venden. Cuando vengas al país, avisame, y yo te invito a unos cuantos helados.

    ¡Excelente receta! Aún cuando no me gusta mucho el helado :)

  • Lizette October 28, 2012, 3:59 PM

    How can I turn this recipe into ice cream?

  • Loren October 24, 2012, 12:07 PM

    Ooh this one is good! I liked Kankana’s cherry ice cream too! I always discover a new dessert recipe when Im on a diet! Lol
    Tia Clara where did you get those Popsicle molds from? They’re so official looking!

    • Aunt Clara October 24, 2012, 4:15 PM

      I got them from Amazon, I have a lot of molds. :)

  • Aunt Clara August 20, 2012, 12:22 AM

    I am not sure what you are talking about.

  • Emma July 31, 2012, 8:54 AM

    Thank you for the recipe. I will make this for my kids.

  • Kankana July 30, 2012, 9:44 PM

    i am not a ice cream and wrote all about it in my most recent post which is a ice cream. Even though I don’t like ice cream I just loved making it at home :) Yours looks fabulous and love that cute small bucket!

    • Aunt Clara July 30, 2012, 9:58 PM

      I read your ice cream post this morning when I saw the picture on Pinterest, and I am still recovering from the shock before I can comment on it. :)

  • Jennifer @ Delicieux July 30, 2012, 9:20 PM

    What an unusual popsicle flavour. Here in Australia sweet potatoes are very much considered a savoury food, but I love seeing sweet recipes using sweet potato. Your photos are absolutely stunning, especially the photo of the popsicles on the tray.

    • Aunt Clara July 30, 2012, 9:57 PM

      Keep in mind that the sweet potato variety common here is very sweet. It’s one step away from dessert already. Of course you can use whatever sweet potato you find and add sugar to taste. I don’t think we Dominicans got the memo about what goes or not in a dessert. I think most of our cuisine started with the question “how can I can make a dessert with this?”. Whatever “this” is.

  • Soris July 27, 2012, 7:33 PM

    Yo tambien recuerdo los helados que venian en la fundita amarrados en la punta. Yo los voy a tratar, pero voy a agregarle un poco de coco. Que recuerdos tan deliciosos! Gracias Tia Clara…

  • A Dominican in Portland, OR July 27, 2012, 1:12 AM

    Wow! I have forgotten about these! I grew up in San Carlos and my mother would give us two cents to buy the afternoon ”merienda (when she didn’t make the jugo de avena). Those two cents would buy me an ‘helado de potecito'; my favorites flavors were coconut and batata. I will definitely experiment with recipe. (Love the pics) Thank you!

    • Aunt Clara July 27, 2012, 11:27 AM

      Well, I am glad that I brought you memories of your childhood days. Let me know how your popsicles turn out.

  • leaf (the indolent cook) July 26, 2012, 2:00 PM

    I’m familiar with sweet potato in desserts, but don’t think I’ve ever had them this way! I can imagine it will be delicious.

    • Aunt Clara July 26, 2012, 2:06 PM

      It is! It is very creamy and rich, half snack and half frozen treat.