I was sitting in the grass with my dog, soaking in the summer sunshine, drinking a refreshing coconut berry smoothie when the thought hit me, this would be great made into popsicles! So that is what I did. Got out the molds and made coconut berry smoothie popsicles. Coconut water, frozen berries, and even collagen protein: one healthy snack for kids of all ages. Who doesn’t love popsicles in summer?
Coconut Berry Smoothie Popsicles
I’ve been drinking this light and refreshing smoothie for the past few weeks, swapping coconut water for almond milk in my usual smoothies, adding frozen berries, flaxseed and acacia for fiber, a little berry stevia for sweetening, and 2 scoops of collagen powder for protein. When I poured a batch into popsicles molds and froze them, they made a healthy afternoon treat for hot summer days.
Traditional store-bought popsicles can be filled with lots of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors. Yuck. Maybe a treat, but not healthy in any way. In fact they are terrible for you. Why not make a popsicle that is healthy and gives you more than just a sugar rush?
Coconut water – I buy C2O coconut water because it has no added sugar, no preservatives, is not from a concentrate, and of course has natural electrolytes for hydration. It’s made from organic, young, green, freshwater, Thai coconuts for the best tasting coconut water I’ve ever found.
Collagen – The most abundant protein in your body, collagen is good for your joints, hair, nails and skin. It’s optional, but why not add a little protein? I use Vital Proteins which provides 20 grams in two scoops. If you’re a vegan, leave this out for totally plant-based popsicles.
Fiber – I always add fiber to my smoothies because we all need more fiber. Spectrum organic flaxseed is my choice for the quality. Be sure to store open bags in the refrigerator. For more fiber I add organic acacia powder, either Renew Life or Now. Both disappear into the smoothie easily with no taste or grit. The flaxseeds also add a little healthy fat and protein.
Sweetening – While these are not your typical sugary-sweet popsicles, I do add a little berry stevia for a light sweetness. Sweet Drops are my favorite here, and they make many great flavors. You could use mild honey or raw organic agave syrup if preferred.
There are many kinds of popsicles molds on the market to make summer treats. After searching, I chose stainless steel molds by Onyx. It makes the classic paddle shape popsicle and the stand allows you to remove one popsicle at a time to enjoy. They freeze fast because stainless steel conducts cold fast. To un-mold, run a pop under cold water for a few seconds then remove the popsicle.
To make these coconut berry smoothie popsicles, puree everything together in the blender for about 60 seconds, then pour into the molds, almost to the very top, leaving about 1mm – 2mm of space at the top. Cap, insert your bamboo sticks and freeze. Placing the mold tray on an eighth-sized sheet pan works great, plus they are a super handy size for many kitchen needs.
Coconut Berry Smoothie Popsicles
- 12 ounces unsweetened coconut water
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/4 cup canned full fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon ground acacia powder
- 2 scoops collagen powder of choice for 20 grams protein
- half dropper liquid berry stevia or honey, optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth, about 60 seconds. Pour the smoothie into the popsicle molds and freeze until solid, a few hours. To un-mold, run a pop under cold water for a few seconds and pull the smoothie from the mold.