A healthy frozen treat made only with chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder and honey. They’re the perfect way to get your chocolate fix in while still beating the heat!
I love summer! (Honestly, what Cali girl doesn’t?!) But I’ll admit, as soon as the weather hits triple digits there’s just no way I’m turning on my oven – even to whip up a sweet treat. So that’s when I bust out all my no bake dessert ideas and keep my freezer stocked full with all the goods. What’s my latest creation you ask? Healthy chocolate chia pudding pops!
Remember that blended chocolate chia pudding recipe I made last week? Well all I did was pour that pudding into some popsicle molds, throw them in the freezer and drizzle even more chocolate over them! They’re really that simple!
Can I use regular chia pudding instead of blended?
Yes, yes and yes! I just used my blended version because that’s what I had on hand (and I know that my family prefers it). That being said, if you LOVE chia pudding the way that it is (non-blended), you can definitely use that to make these too! Just follow the same instructions when it comes to freezing below.
What popsicle molds do I use?
Whatever you have on hand! I know some people think you need the latest and greatest molds in order for these to “turn out right” but honestly, I made these bad boys from molds I bought at Walmart for only $8! Amazon also has some great options too which you can check out by clicking here.
Tips for taking popsicles out of their molds
These can be a tad bit tricky when it comes to removing them from the molds but I’ve finally figured out an easy, fool proof way to do it!
- Place each popsicle mold under running warm water for about 30 seconds.
- Then move the popsicle stick in a circular motion until it starts to loosen from the sides of the mold.
- Pop it out, eat it and enjoy!
Toppings ideas for popsicles:
As always, my favorite part; the TOPPINGS! There are so many options when it comes to toppings for these! I’ve listed a few of my favorites below but feel free to try some of your favorites too!
- Chocolate drizzle: Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until the chips are completely melted. (Mine usually takes about 40-50 seconds.) Pour the melted chocolate into one side of a ziplock bag, seal the bag and cut a small hole at the corner. Squeeze the chocolate through the hole and drizzle it over your popsicles.
- Chocolate dipped: Melt 1 cup chocolate chips + 1 tsp coconut oil in the microwave at 30 second intervals until they’re completely melted. Take each popsicle and dip it into the chocolate. Place the popsicles on a tray that’s been lined with parchment paper, sprinkle on any additional toppings and place them back in the freezer until ready to eat.
- Additional toppings: Chopped nuts, sprinkles, shredded coconut, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy bars or even crushed oreos/cookies! (Make sure to sprinkle these over the chocolate while it’s still soft!)
- Peanut butter drizzle: Follow directions above for chocolate drizzle but only microwave peanut butter for 30 seconds or until it’s “liquefied.”
- Peanut butter dipped: Follow directions for chocolate dipped but DO NOT ADD COCONUT OIL!
And there ya have it! A deliciously healthy made-from-scratch pudding pop that every one in your family can enjoy! (And did I mention they’re dairy free, gluten free and Paleo too?!)
Hope you all are enjoying your summer and staying cool today!
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Chocolate Chia Pudding Pops
- 2 cups unsweetened original almond milk (can also use regular milk or a different type of nut milk)
- 8 Tbsps chia seeds
- 3 Tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 Tbsps honey* (can also use maple syrup or agave)
- Place the almond milk, cocoa powder and honey in a bowl and whisk them together until they're fulling combined. Then add the chia seeds and whisk again until there are no seeds "floating" at the top.
- Place the bowl in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Once the pudding is "set", pour it into a blender/food processor and blend it until its smooth. (If using regular non-blended chia pudding – skip this step!)
- Divide the chia pudding evenly between 6 popsicle molds. Insert the sticks and place in the freezer until frozen solid. (Mine took about 3-4 hours) See below for easy removal tips.