These easy iced coffee popsicles are really a big reward for very little input. They are perfect for serving on a hot summer’s day when you are craving a cup of coffee but can’t stomach the thought of drinking something hot.
The weather in Pretoria has warmed-up very nicely and all of our warm blankets and jackets have been packed away. One of the first things that get taken out in summer is my Zoku Pop Maker. O man, and do I love this nifty, little, red piece of equipment! Only seven minutes and you have beautiful, healthy home-made popsicles. No extra added preservatives, colorants or MSGs. Now that it something to do a little happy dance about.
I am really a coffee lover. During summer I regularly crave a cup in the afternoon but cannot get myself to drink some when it is 32°C outside. These little iced coffee popsicles truly are a wonderful ice-cold substitute to your cup of java without feeling like you are going to die of heatstroke.
How to make popsicles.
Popsicles are usually made with different combinations of fruit, juices, yogurt, kinds of milk and cooldrinks. There are endless possibilities that you can add. I made these pops with cooled espresso, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and a few dark chocolate chips. I simply added all the liquids to a blender and blitzed away. You should add the chocolate chips to the mold first and then cover them with the coffee mixture. You can then sprinkle some more on top of the mixture for extra decoration.
Can I make these easy iced coffee popsicles without a Zoku pop maker or even a popsicle mold?
If you have a Zoku pop maker the pops will be ready in less than 10 minutes. But, if you don’t own a Zoku pop maker, you can also freeze the pops in a popsicle mold for at least 4 hours. Alternatively, you can also make popsicles by pouring the mixture in empty yogurt containers or silicone muffin molds, adding a wooden stick to each and freezing for 4 hours or overnight.
Are home-made popsicles healthy?
Yes, they are, provided that you use ingredients that are not loaded with preservatives, colorants, and synthetic flavors. Rather opt for fresh juices, yogurt, fresh fruit or even home-made iced tea when creating your favorite combinations. If you want to sweeten the pops a bit, rather use honey or organic maple syrup than white sugar.
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Iced Coffee Popsicles
- Popsicle molds or a Zoku pop maker.
- 3/4 cup Espresso
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1 large pinch pink Himalayan salt
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- Add all the ingredients excluding chocolate chips to a blender and blitz together.
- Add some chocolate chips to the bottom of the popsicle mold and fill up with the coffee mixture.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours or more if you are not using the Zoku pop maker.
- To release the pops from the mold, hold the tops of the molds under hot water until the pops slightly defrost and release.