Happy 4th of July!
Chillin' by the poolside has never been cooler thanks to these dreamy and completely plant based raspberry chia pops!
The raspberries and chia seeds combine to provide a tasty yet super flavorful and protein rich summer treat!
Don't skip on the chia seeds! When added to water they expand and gelatinize. This thickens the liquid base and is a crucial part in helping the popsicles harden in the freezer.
The addition of the natural coconut water makes these a great hydrating snack option on a hot summer day!
Once the popsicles are completely frozen, I like to pull them out of the molds and wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then store them all in a large freezer bag. This prevents the pops from getting freezer burn. They last about 2 months.
NUTRITION PROFILE & HEALTH BENEFITS
Raspberries, and all berries for that matter, are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, calcium, and protein.
Berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat each day to prevent disease thanks to anthocyanins which are a group of phytochemicals (special chemicals found only in plants) that gives plant foods their flavor, odor, and color.
Anthocyanins are responsible for many of the red, blue, and purple colors of fruits. They confer health benefits because they act as powerful antioxidants which protects us from free radical damage and disease.
Try adding more fresh or frozen berries to your daily food intake. They can be easily incorporated in smoothies, morning oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and popsicles!
Raspberry Chia Popsicles Recipe | Vegan
makes about 4 pops
1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup coconut milk
Juice of 1 lime
2-3 Tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup
1/4 tsp lime zest
1. In a small bowl combine the chia seeds and the coconut water. Stir well and let it thicken for about an hour, until the seeds have expanded.
2. In a high speed blender, combine the raspberries, coconut milk, lime juice, and syrup and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture (this will get all the raspberry seeds out so they wont stick in your teeth!) into a bowl using a sieve. Then stir in the thickened chia seed mixture and lime zest.
3. Pour into 3 oz. popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours or, better yet, overnight.
4. When you are ready to eat, pull the pops out of the freezer and run them under warm water for a few seconds and gently slide them out. Enjoy immediately!