RECIPES & STORIES
"It's the Simple things in Life"
Makes: 6 servings
Kids love popsicles and yours will never know you are secretly getting them to eat ones that are healthy. These popsicles are full of protein thanks to the nut butter and the coconut milk. The raw chocolate supplies a bit of magnesium and the potassium comes from the bananas - which also help naturally sweeten the pops.
I have a huge jar of hemp seeds on my counter and I throw them into everything: salads, oatmeal, smoothies, all my baking, and now these popsicles. I’m obsessed with how much nutrition these tiny little gems provide. Their flavor gets lost between all the nutty creaminess and chocolate, but they deliver a powerful set of nutrients, including zinc, iron, folate, magnesium, and manganese (almost 20% of an adult’s daily intake in one ice pop!).
Since discovering “Chopped Junior” on Hulu (an addictive Food Network show where kids compete in the kitchen) Evie loves to join me when I cook -especially when there are sweets involved!- and whatever Evie is interested in, little Theo is right there kicking and screaming to be allowed to do what she’s doing. I recently had to purchase this handy device: GuideCraft Kitchen Helper, so my kids are no longer pushing each other off stepping stools while helping me cook. We have a tiny kitchen and the way the kitchen helper folds flat is really useful for us.
I use Tovolo Pop Molds for making these popsicles. I like how I get 6 nice sized servings and the clever design of the handle helps catch any dripping. If you have a brand of pop mold you enjoy, please let us “Little Daily Gem” know. We always delight in the gems our readers share with us!
1 - 13.5 fluid ounce can of coconut milk or 14 ounces of half and half
1 ripe banana
4 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp peanut or almond butter
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1. Place the coconut milk (or half and half), banana, peanut (or almond) butter, hemp seeds, maple syrup, raw cocoa powder and sea salt into a powerful blender.
2. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
3. Pour the blended mixture into pop molds.
4. Place in freezer for at least 8 hours.
5. Remove the popsicle from the freezer and place it in a tall cup of hot water for 20 seconds to help dislodge the mold.
6. Enjoy on a nice hot day!
I have a giant jar of hemp seeds on the counter and I try to sneak them into everything; smoothies, salads, oatmeal and now these pops.
Submerge the popsicle mold into a tall glass of hot water to help the popsicle slide right out, after it comes straight from the freezer.
GuideCraft Kitchen Helper has help bring sanity into our kitchen! No more pushing, shoving and competing for a little step. It also serves as a snack bar. Sometimes Theo stands there eating berries or drinking iced tea, as Evie and I cook. And it even came in handy during an art session involving yogurt paint.
In case Theo decides to eat the yogurt paint I use natural coloring for this art project, made with hibiscus, turmeric and other plant extracts.
Things quickly got out of hand. The kids had a blast, but we are taking this outside next time.
We gave Evie our old i-pod to listen to. She feels like such a big girl. Here she is listening to some tunes and enjoying the popsicle she helped make.