Limbers: A Puerto Rican Food Recipe

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As the weather warms up and you are looking for a cold treat to cool you off in those hot summer days, consider Limbers for a healthy snack or dessert.  Limbers are a Puerto Rican food recipe that will be sure to delight children and adults alike.

What is a Limber?

A limber is similar to an Italian ice, but with a tropical fruit twist.  The icy treat got its unusual name in honor of Charles A. Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. When Lindbergh flew alone to Puerto Rico on his 26th birthday, on February 4, 1928, he was offered a frozen fruit juice. He enjoyed it and since then the locals started freezing the juice and called it Limber in honor of the man who inspired this much loved frozen treat.  They can be found throughout the island being sold at roadside fruit stands, and they can even be found at local Colmados (convenience stores) and gas stations.

The flavor options are endless – you can use any fruit that you have available and it is a healthy alternative to a traditional popsicle.

Here are several recipes courtesy of Healthy Dish:

Coconut and Pineapple Limber (Limber de Coco y Piña)

  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup Cream of coconut or coconut milk
  • 1-tablespoon sweetener of choice to taste. May use agave, brown sugar, honey, maple, Stevia or none (optional)

Mix all ingredients and freeze in plastic cup or container of choice. If you place in popsicles it might yield 4 popsicles depending on the size.

Coconut Limber (Limber de Coco)

  • 1 cup Cream of coconut or coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon  (optional)
  • 1-tablespoon sweetener of choice to taste. May use agave, brown sugar, honey, maple, Stevia or none (optional)

Mix all ingredients, if using sweetener such as Stevia, might need less (read Stevia label for serving), and freeze in plastic cup or container of choice. If you place in popsicles mold it might yield 4 – 6 popsicles depending on the size.

Pineapple Limber (Limber de Piña)

  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
  •  Sweetener of choice to taste. May use agave, brown sugar, honey, maple, Stevia or none (optional)

Mix all ingredients, if using sweetener such as Stevia, might need less (read Stevia label for serving), and freeze in plastic cup or container of choice. If you place in popsicles it might yield 4 popsicles depending on the size.

Lucy’s Mango Limber (Limber de Mango)

  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Lime, juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Honey

Mix all ingredients, if using sweetener such as Stevia, might need less (read Stevia label for serving), and freeze in plastic cup or container of choice. If you place in popsicles it might yield 4 popsicles depending on the size.

Raspberry and Mango Limber (Limber de Frambuesa y Mango)

  • ½ cup raspberry
  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-tablespoon sweetener of choice to taste. May use agave, brown sugar, honey, maple, Stevia or none (optional)

Mix all ingredients, if using sweetener such as Stevia, might need less (read Stevia label for serving), and freeze in container. If you place in popsicles it might yield 4 popsicles depending on the size.

 

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Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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