Once again, Dark Chocolate Cherry POPSICLES.
Here we are, just me, my big bowl of cherries, and my Blendtec.
When I posted my recipe for sweet strawberry popsicles I explained in detail why homemade popsicles are a healthier choice. Today, I am going to approach the subject of popsicles from a different angle... parenting.
I'm not a parenting guru, but I have picked up on a secret. Popsicles are the currency of childhood. I know that you aren't supposed to bribe your kids with food. I know that they should pick up and be kind to their brother because they are intrinsically motivated to do the right thing, blah, blah, blah. Whoever wrote those rules was not going on day 973 of gray rainy summer days. My friends, the trick to clean rooms, brotherly kindness, peaceful dinners, and family bliss is simple... POPSICLES.
I upped the ante with these Dark Cherry Chocoloate Popsicles! Not only are they made from bright juicy cherries, but I added a creamy bitter-sweet dark chocolate drizzle to each one.
Now don't get all judgy. These yummy popsicles are made from cherries, coconut milk, honey, and vanilla. 4 whole food ingredients, that's it! If you go for the dark chocolate topping just combine the chocolate with a little bit of coconut oil. It's melty and drizzly when warm and then instantly turns into a hard candy shell when it hits the frozen popsicles. Magic.
Tips and Time Saving Tricks:
Make Ahead: This recipe made more "cherry batter" than my popsicle molds were able to hold. Just store the extras in a mason jar in the refrigerator. When someone eats a popsicle, wash and refill with the extra in the mason jar from the fridge.
Freezer: Of course they are freezer friendly, they are popsicles!Print
- 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- ¼ cup honey, raw
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 oz dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- POPSICLES: Combine cherries, coconut milk, honey, and vanilla in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicles molds. Let freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen through.
- DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and coconut oil. Heat mixture for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently. Continue until texture is smooth and creamy.
- Drizzling the chocolate is MESSY! I used a candy dropper that I found at Hobby Lobby in the baking section to be the most easy to control. Don't care what the popsicles look like... let the kids do it! Cooper loved using a spoon to drizzle the chocolate.
- Make sure to buy full fat coconut milk. It is loaded with healthy fats, and less processed than it's low calorie counterpart. It also makes the texture of the popsicle so creamy!
- Cherries are not on the dirty dozen list, but they are also not on the clean 15. I would recommend buying organic if they are available and if it fits into your budget.