I went straight to the kitchen, scoured the fridge and came up with fresh strawberries, chia seeds, and coconut milk. Yes! Those would definitely work.
I combined them all in a blender, added some vanilla extract and some coconut nectar, and blended it all up in my blender until super creamy and got ready to pour them into popsicle molds.
Then it hit me. These things have to harden in the freezer! Ha. Details, right?
And then another thought struck me. How about drizzling them with cashew butter (which could easily be omitted or replaced by your favorite nut/seed butter)!
It pushed them over the edge, and made them more versatile – dessert? Yes. Snack? Yes. Breakfast on a super hot day? Yes.
Strawberries. Chia seeds. Coconut. Cashew butter.
These babies are full of tasty real food nutrition and besides the freeze-time, they’re super easy and quick to make (and kid-friendly!).
I recommend you enjoy all summer. Cheers!
- Nut-free or not a fan of cashew butter? Omit or use your favorite nut/seed butter.
- Don’t have any coconut nectar? Try subbing honey or maple syrup – add a little bit at a time, taste, and add more if needed. Both of those are sweeter than coconut nectar, so you may not need a lot.
- Like using full-fat coconut milk better? Go for it! You may need to adjust the ratio of sweetener and strawberries as the coconut flavor from the thicker coconut milk may overpower a bit.
Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Nut/Seed Butter Drizzle
- 2 cups chopped/quartered stemmed strawberries
- 1 cup of light unsweetened coconut milk from a can
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 2 + tsp coconut nectar or maple syrup, honey, etc - see notes
- Blend all of the ingredients until well-combined, taste, add more sweetener as needed. It will thicken as it sits.
- Pour into popsicle molds. If you'd like to add a drizzle of nut/seed butter, add a drizzle around the inside of the container. Then add the strawberry cream to about half way, add more nut/seed butter, add more strawberry cream, add another nut/seed butter drizzle, etc. No wrong way to do this - it all turns out yummy!
- Freeze until hardened.
- Use the freshest, sweetest strawberries you can find. I always smell the bunch - if they smell strongly of sweet strawberries, usually they have more flavor.
- I've used both light and regular canned coconut milk... regular will be even thicker/creamier, but you might have to incrase the amount of strawberries and sweetener, as it will be more coconutty.
- Native Forest canned coconut milk is BPA-free.
- Optional add-ins:
chocolate chips or cacao nibs
What do you like to eat on a hot summer day?
My kids love these!