These ice pops are the perfect treat for a hot day. They are easy to make, super tasty and full of healthy goodness. The grated chocolate and chopped almonds add a nice crunchy texture. Because they contain good fats and protein, these treats are a filling and satisfying snack. They are much lower in sugar than store bought ice cream, so enjoy without the guilt! The recipe makes around 6 popsicles, depending on the size.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- ½ can coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- 2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate (85-90%)
- 2 tablespoons slivered or chopped almonds
High-speed blender, stick blender or food processor
- Blend banana, cacao powder, coconut milk, cashew butter and honey until smooth and creamy
- Mix in the grated dark chocolate and chopped almonds
- Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze
Use frozen banana for a creamier texture.
- Replace cashew butter with almond or macadamia butter
- Replace honey with rice malt syrup or stevia
- Add chia seeds to the mix for added fibre and omega-3’s
What’s good about this recipe
Raw cacao powder is the unprocessed cocoa bean. It is a rich source of magnesium and contains high levels of polyphenols that help to prevent degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
85-90% dark chocolate contains the highest concentration of flavanoids than other dark or milk chocolate. This is responsible for boosting its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 85% dark chocolate is also lower in sugar, containing less than a quarter of the amount found in milk chocolate.
Nuts contain moderate amounts of protein (9–20%) and, with the exception of chestnuts, also contain large quantities of fat (49–74% total fat). This fat is mostly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat. 30g of nuts a day has been shown to lower heart disease risk by 30-50%, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by around 25% and assist in managing weight. A daily 30g handful has also been found to improve longevity.