It’s summertime and the living should be easy! These chocolate ice pops are low in fat, rich in protein and have no added sugar. They are incredibly simple to make and taste like an indulgent summer treat, yet are totally bathing suit friendly.
There is just something about summertime that makes this Florida girl crave ice cream, frozen yogurt or my personal favorite, gelato, on a daily basis. I’ve been on the hunt for nutritious alternatives to my favorite frozen treats and unfortunately, frozen fruit only satisfies the sweet tooth so much. These chocolate ice pops totally satisfy my two strongest cravings: chocolate and something creamy and frozen. Win-win!
Buying an ice pop mold has been one of my best decisions this summer. I’ve had too much fun getting creative with nutritious combinations of fruit, yogurt, coconut water and almond milk. The almond milk gives the ice pops a creamy, ice cream-like consistency that really enhances the decadence factor.
The chocolate almond topping is totally optional. I enjoyed it for the extra texture and crunchiness, but the ice pops are equally delicious without it.
Another great health benefit of these pops is their micro nutrient profile. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium that work together to promote strong, healthy bones. This combination makes them the perfect snack for kids. Or the adult kid in you, of course 😉
It’s not easy to find frozen treats that are both rich in nutrients and low in sugar. If only that pint of Ben & Jerry’s benefited the body the way it benefits our taste buds!
Pack them in a cooler to take out to the pool.
Enjoy one after a bike ride, swim or hike.
Or simply do what I did – snack on one while curled up on the couch on a rainy Sunday morning. The ease of preparation should perfectly coincide with your easy breezy summer vibes. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Ice Pops
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
- 1 1/2 medium-sized bananas, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until pureed in consistency. Pour mixture evenly into 6 ice pop molds. Freeze for 4-6 hours.
- To remove from molds, run under warm water until mold loosens up. Gently remove ice pop from mold.
- Optional chocolate almond topping: Melt 2 tbsp chocolate chips mixed with 2 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in the microwave for ~40 seconds. Mix until well-combined. Dunk tips of ice pops in chocolate sauce and cover with chopped almonds (or nuts of choice). If not consuming right away, lay ice pops on parchment paper and stick back in the freezer until ready to consume.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (one ice pop)
Calories: 83; Total Fat: <1 gm; Saturated Fat: 0 gm; Cholesterol: 3 mg; Sodium: 55 mg; Carbohydrates: 15.5 gm; Fiber: 1 gm; Sugar: 10.5 gm; Protein 5 gm