We’re all about delicious recipes that come with a hidden serving of vegetables – especially when they’re in popsicle form (and drizzled with dark chocolate)! These chocolate cherry popsicles get a significant nutritional boost from the addition of cooked beets, which lend themselves quite well to the flavors of chocolate, cherry and coconut.
We’re thrilled to bring you this recipe in partnership with our friends over at Love Beets! If you aren’t familiar with their products, they’re basically making beets cool again (although Dwight Schrute may have already accomplished that – any diehard Office fans here?!). As many of you probably already know, raw beets can be a pain to work with – they’re difficult to peel, a bit of a pain to cook, and the bright pink pigment easily stains just about everything it touches. Love Beets does you the favor of cooking and packaging beets for you, so you can reap the (impressive) nutritional benefits without much effort on your part. In addition to a variety of cooked beets, beet powder & juice, they also just came out with a beet salsa that we’ve been dying to try on some tacos!
You’ll be hearing a lot more about beets from us in the next few weeks, as we’ll actually be heading to a Love Beets beet farm & their production facility in Rochester, NY in August! The two of us will be taking a little road trip to meet the Love Beets team in NY, and we’re super excited to learn a bit more about beets and how they grow. Stay tuned for plenty more updates on that!
Back to this recipe… These popsicles are perfect for adults and kids alike – your kids will have no idea they’re eating vegetables and chocolate in the same serving! We were inspired by the flavors of a traditional Black Forest Cake, which include cherries, chocolate and cream; we use full fat coconut milk to make these extra creamy and decadent.
Summer is in full swing, so there’s really no better time to make these. Two quick popsicle making tips to get you started:
1. After you pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, lightly tap the molds on the counter to help remove air bubbles that may have formed.
2. To easily remove popsicles from their mold (we use stainless steel), run them individually under warm (not hot!) water for 5-7 seconds. If you don’t plan to enjoy right away, transfer to a sealed, freezer-safe container and separate pops with layers of parchment paper so they don’t stick together.Print
Your kids will never know that they’re getting a serving of vegetables in these delicious cherry chocolate popsicles!
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 2 Love Beets Cooked Beets
- 1 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 pitted medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut butter (optional)
- For drizzling: melted dark chocolate
- In a high speed blender, combine frozen cherries, beets, coconut milk, cocoa powder, soaked (and drained) dates, vanilla and coconut butter.
- Blend until completely smooth and creamy. Pour into popsicle molds and place on a flat surface in freezer for 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
- To release your popsicles easily from the molds, run under warm water for a few seconds until they easily come out. Return to freezer while you prepare dark chocolate drizzle by melting about 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips with a bit of coconut oil.
- Drizzle each popsicle with chocolate and enjoy immediately or return to freezer & store in an airtight container for up to a month.