Chocolate-Cherry Popsicles!

With the hot summer temps, there’s nothing like a frozen treat!  Often we crave some ice cream, fro-yo or store-bought popsicles all which are tasty, yes, but are typically loaded with sugar and dairy.  These popsicles are dairy-free and have no added sugar.

Plus, there are only four ingredients: 

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  They’re a great source of melatonin which helps to improve our sleep.  And during the summer, our sleep can get thrown off because of the long days of sunlight.  Cherries are also great for anti-aging and beautiful skin.

Coconut water is delicious and hydrating.  It provides more potassium than a banana and is a good source of electrolytes.

Cacao powder is a superfood staple in my kitchen. This raw chocolate is a fantastic source of magnesium as well as other important minerals.  It’s high in antioxidants, can increase our energy, is healthy for our hearts, and let’s not forget … delicious.

Chia seeds are an easy and great source of omega-3 fats, antioxidants, protein and fiber. They also help to improve digestion and provide us with much-needed energy.

So here’s a sweet summer recipe for you that’s simple and healthy!

Chocolate-Cherry Popsicles

Makes 4 popsicles

1 heaping cup frozen and pitted dark sweet cherries
½ cup coconut water
½ tbsp raw cacao powder
½-to-1 tbsp chia seeds

Special equipment:
Popsicle molds
Popsicle sticks

1.  Mix all ingredients together in a high-powered blender.
2.  Try not to drink this delicious mixture before making the popsicles, as it will be tempting.
3.  Pour the cherry-chocolate mix into popsicle molds and add popsicle sticks.
4.  Place in the freezer and freeze overnight.
5.  Fill a bowl with warm water and set the molds in the bowl for 20-30 seconds. The water should not cover the entire molds.
6.  Gently slide the pops out of the molds.
7.  Enjoy!  {And share, if you’re feeling generous!}



P.S.  The recipe for my Chocolate-Cherry Popsicles was originally featured on MindBodyGreen last summer.  It’s on repeat again this year so had to share on my blog for those who missed the recipe!