Dessert-like ice pops quell sweltering summer heat—but don't settle for artificially-colored and flavored sugar bombs. These do-it-yourself chilly treats offer a health boost and great taste.
Satisfy your craving for chocolately fudge with coconut milk, a vegan alternative that contains iron, magnesium, and copper. Gently warm 1 ½ cups coconut milk over low heat; whisk in 5 ounces dark chocolate chips until melted. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (to thicken). Stir, cool slightly, and pour into pop molds; freeze overnight.
Fruit and veg.
For a fun morning twist, swap out your go-to smoothie for a filling, produce-packed pop. Blend 1 big handful spinach or kale, chunks of pineapple, apple juice, and matcha tea powder until smooth; pour into pop molds and freeze overnight. Also try freezing a blend of carrot juice, ginger juice, chia seeds, and mango for an orange-hued treat.
Try: Paleo Passion Pops
Hot coffee on a hot day? No thanks. Instead of your go-to cuppa, fill ice pop molds 2 /3 full with cooled brewed black coffee, a splash of almond milk or
organic 2 percent milk, and a drizzle of agave or coconut nectar. Stir; and freeze overnight. Also try swapping coffee with brewed herbal or green tea for an icy, low-caffeine snack.
For an adults-only summertime imbibe, freeze yourself a fruity cocktail. In a food processer, pulse ¼ cup coconut sugar with 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves. Scrape into a bowl, add ¼ cup fresh lime juice, 1 cup sparkling lime-flavored water (Try: LaCroix Lime Sparkling Water), and 6 ounces rum. Stir, pour into molds; freeze overnight.