This vegan mint chocolate popsicles recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for nutrition and healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
In my house, summertime calls for popsicles! I’m not talking about the store-bought varieties that are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. For my family, it’s all about homemade popsicles made from all natural ingredients. Cool mint and smooth chocolate come together in these dairy-free pops for a healthy, refreshing treat that everyone can enjoy.
For a secret nutrient boost, I blended some spirulina into the popsicle mixture. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that bestows impressive health benefits. Recognized as a complete protein source, it provides an ideal balance of all 9 essential amino acids. It also fights stress and fatigue with its high source of B-vitamins, iron and antioxidants. An added bonus of this superfood? It lends a natural minty green color to the frozen treats.
Cacao nibs and cacao powder get credit for adding the velvety chocolate flavor to this mint-chocolate pairing. Both are made simply from cacao beans for that signature full-bodied chocolate taste, without sweeteners or additives. Cacao is naturally loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants and magnesium, so it packs a remarkable health boost.
The creamy vegan base for these frozen pops is coconut cream, a source of healthy fats. If you want, you can reduce the fat content by using more almond milk in place of coconut cream, but the cream creates an ideal texture. If you do not have canned coconut cream, you can get it from a can of coconut milk. Simply let your can of coconut milk set in the fridge for 24 hours, and then collect the creamy white portion that rises to the top of the chilled can.
These mint chocolate popsicles are ready to enjoy straight out of the freezer, and even better with a dark chocolate drizzle. They’re the perfect treat for a poolside party or any warm summer day. No one will guess that they have a boost of health benefits from spirulina. I hope you make these better-for-you popsicles to enjoy with your loved ones!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.