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Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops

 

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pop!

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pop!

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops are an incredibly simple and tasty summer treat! The coconut flavor actually compliments the cherry really nicely. Both taste like summer to me. With a little maple syrup, they are a perfect slightly sweet summer treat!

I have wanted to make ice pops for a while. Now that it is a bit warmer, I’m not baking so much. So I decided to make these to satisfy my sweet tooth! They were fun to make and I really enjoyed them while taking a break from painting later in the day.

Making Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops!

Making Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops!

I bought an ice pop mold on Amazon and it is easy to work with. The only tricky thing is, it is hard to fill them up all the way without making a mess. I err on the side of leaving more space and that has worked well.

Ice pop mold

Ice pop mold

I have made these twice in the last week and each time they disappear quickly! They are healthier than ice cream at only about 140 calories each. Of course, they are also dairy-free and lower in sugar than ice cream. By the way, I found this great site that calculates your recipes per serving for your. It’s called Calorie Counter.

I had a lot of fun taking pictures in the new house! 

Ingredients

10 ounces organic light vegan coconut milk

¼ cup maple syrup

18 frozen pitted cherries

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pop Ingredients

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pop ingredients

Yields: 6

Method

1. Prepare the popsicle mold by placing the pieces on the tray and removing the lids.

2. Whisk together the coconut milk and maple syrup.

Coconut and Maple Syrup

Coconut and maple syrup

3. Place about 3 cherries in each popsicle mold. Try to spread them out. They will stay in place because they are already frozen so they are hard. Choose the largest cherries from the bag.

Placing cherries into each ice pop

4. Pour the coconut milk and maple syrup mixture over the cherries into the popsicle molds. Remember not to overfill!

Pouring coconut mixture into molds

Pouring coconut mixture into molds

A close up!

5. Place the tops on the molds and freeze for at least 5 hours.

6. When you are ready to eat them, pour warm water over the outside for about 30 seconds to make removing the popsicle from the mold easier.

7. Enjoy outside on a hot day!

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops

Vegan Coconut Cherry Ice Pops

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait (Vegan)

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

It has been a busy few weeks! I returned from my trip and ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon. It was perfect weather! I had my best time ever and felt great. I’m sure the healthy breakfasts I was eating in the weeks leading up to the race helped. 🙂

After the Brooklyn Half!

After the Brooklyn Half!

This Chia Seed Parfait is my new favorite breakfast. It is fast, easy, and filling. The chilled pudding is refreshing makes for a nice, light warmer weather breakfast. I love the cinnamon flavor, and best of all – no added sugar!

 

There are so many different ways to make chia seed pudding (I’m sure I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks). I tried this Chia Seed Parfait recipe for the first time while visiting my sister in Portland. We liked so much that we made it almost every day I was there.

 

The best thing about The Chia Seed Parfait is you can prep this the night before. One less thing to do in the morning! I also love to put it in mason jars and bring it to work for midday pick me up. I find that right around 3:30pm, I’m hungry and tired. I try to bring a little healthy snack. It helps give me the energy I need to finish the workday and do a workout when I get home.

 

Parfaits to go!

Parfaits to go!

This recipe was inspired by an Oh She Glows recipe and a chia seed parfait I get at La Quotidien (locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn).

 Makes 2 chia seed parfaits

Time: Prep time – 5 minutes. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. 5 minute prep times in the morning.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (or vegan milk of your choice)

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 rip bananas

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 ½ cup of fruit of your choice (I have used pineapple, cantaloupe, and apple here. All are great!)

 

Method

  1. The night before (or at least 4 hours before) whisk 1 cup of almond milk, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, cinnamon and two mashed bananas together. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
mashed banana

mashed banana

2. If you are using frozen blueberries, let one cup defrost the night before in the refrigerator.
3. After at least 4 hours, mix the chia seed mixture.
4. Chop up your favorite fruit. 

almond milk, banana, cinnamon, and chia seed mixture before going in the fridge

almond milk, banana, cinnamon, and chia seed mixture before going in the fridge

You can do one or two kinds of fruit, sometimes we make a big fruit salad for the week!

You can do one or two kinds of fruit, sometimes we make a big fruit salad for the week!

5. Place some of the chia seed mixture at the bottom of a tall glass or mason jar. Then, top with some of the blueberries. Add another layer of the chia seed mixture. Place a layer of fresh fruit on top. Enjoy!
 

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A perfect spring morning breakfast!

What is your favorite thing to do with chia seeds?