Ahh the glorious summer days! Walks on the beach, sandy toes and cool popsicles… What’s more Zen than that?
Summer brings a lot of food temptations so lately I’ve been focusing on developing summer recipes that will help my family stay on our clean eating course without feeling deprived. My kids love popsicles and since the ingredients in most store bought popsicles are anything but clean (corn syrup, artificial colors etc), I’ve created several recipes with nourishing ingredients to satisfy my kids monstrous appetite for sweets. They wanted a quintessential summer treat, a fudgesicle, and I wanted a pure uncomplicated recipe without the junk. After some experimentation we are all happy with the end product. Using just two ingredients, coconut milk and dark chocolate, I was able to recreate the satisfying, creamy, chocolatey taste without any dairy, added sugar (the sugar in the chocolate is more than enough) or anything artificial. The best part? It takes less than 5 minutes to create this fun, clean treat that both kids and adults will love.
What’s great about it?
Good dark chocolate in moderation can certainly be a health food. Full of antioxidants, research shows that it may lower blood pressure and heart disease by preventing hardening of the arteries. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium, which may contribute to chocolate’s mood boosting properties. The key here is quality of the cocoa so don’t bother with cheap milk chocolate which is highly addictive without the health benefits.
Coconut milk is a fantastic source of medium chain fatty acids, specifically lauric acid. Lauric acid has antiviral and antibacterial properties so consuming coconut milk (and oil!) may help protect the body from viruses and infections.
– To get the creamy texture use full fat coconut milk from a can and not the stuff from tetra packs, it is too watery. If possible, buy an organic brand without any additives like guar gum, which may cause digestive issues in some people.
– Be sure to buy BPA free (bisphenol A) cans to avoid exposure to this synthetic estrogen which has been linked to many health problems.
– If you want to reduce the amount of sugar, start with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. You can always add 1/4 cup more later if you desire a sweeter, more chocolatey flavor.
– I found that after adding coconut milk to the melted chocolate, I had to blend the mixture to achieve a super smooth texture, stirring wasn’t enough, so don’t skip this step.
- 1 can coconut milk full fat
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
In a small pot, melt chocolate chips on a very gentle heat. Add coconut milk and stir until combined. Transfer to a blender and zap it for a few seconds until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Transfer to popsicle molds and freeze for several hours. Enjoy!