Strawberry Coconut Chia Pops-Featured in Thrive Magazine!
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While it may have been hot here in Arizona for a while now, summer is also right around the corner for all the rest of the states. What better way to "sit back and unwind" than with delicious superfood popsicles? Try my recipe below for yummy Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles. These are vegan and use coconut milk as the base, but you can switch it out for any vegan milk you like.
Chia seeds are one of my favorite superfoods and are a staple in my diet. Via WebMD, "Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. "Chia" means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster."
According to Medical News Today,
"they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL cholesterol. HDL is the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium."
Read on below for my easy, delicious recipe for popsicles featuring this amazingly beneficial superfood!
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons agave (more or less to personal taste)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (see my easy recipe to make your own here)
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Lemon Superfood Powder (available here)-optional (use one less tablespoon of agave if using the Superfood Powder, it's got agave inulin powder in it)
- Whisk chia seeds in coconut milk, add vanilla extract, agave and Vanilla Lemon Superfood Powder. Let sit for 30 minutes for the seeds to expand and the mixture to solidify slightly.
- Thinly slice strawberries and place on the outside edges of your popsicle molds. (I like to use a chopstick to more easily stack them on top of each other.)
- Fill popsicle molds with chia mixture and freeze until solid.
Alternative Option: Puree the strawberries (you can add agave to the puree or leave it unsweetened.) Layer or swirl the puree into the chia mixture once you've added it to the molds. You'll want to leave some room in the molds when adding the puree so you have space to swirl it if you're doing that option.
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