Finally we have had some sunshine here in the UK :-)There is just nothing else quite like an English spring day. Whenever the weather warms up I start craving traditional spring and summer foods, well more than normal anyway! Top of that list is ice pops and ice lollies…

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Most shop bought ice pops are full of sugar and artificial colours and flavourings. These ice pops aren’t just free of those, they are actually good for your health! These are packed with antioxidant filled strawberries and raw cacao as well as healthy fats from coconut oil.

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Raw Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ice Pops (makes 4-6 ice pops)

  • 250g of fresh strawberries (about 1 cup chopped)
  • 250 ml or 1 cup of full fat Greek yoghurt – for a vegan version use soya yoghurt and for a fully raw version use the cashew cream from this recipe
  • 250 ml or 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 – 3 tbsp of honey or agave
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

For the raw chocolate:

  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration

Blend together the yoghurt, milk, honey and vanilla extract with about 2/3rds of the strawberries until smooth. Add the remaining strawberries and pulse so they are blended but still a little chunky (or blend completely smooth if you wish). Pour the mixture into your moulds and freeze until firm.

Gently melt the coconut oil in a double boiler and mix with the cacao and honey. Take the ice pops out of the moulds.  Pour the liquid raw chocolate into a small but deep bowl and then dip each ice pop into the chocolate. Quickly sprinkle with the desiccated coconut before the chocolate sets (which will happen quickly!) and set onto some grease proof paper to harden completely. Enjoy immediately or wrap in foil and store in the freezer.

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These taste like something between a creamy ice lolly and a frosty ice pop. If you wanted to go for a more creamy decadent treat, reduce the amount of almond milk or use full fat milk or even cream!

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This recipe can easily be made with various different fruits – bananas, raspberries, cherries, peaches etc would all work equally as well as the strawberries. A dollop of nut butter wouldn’t go a miss either, my next version of these will be a banana and peanut butter version!

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If you wanted to try something different to the raw chocolate dip, use regular melted chocolate. You could also mix melted coconut oil with smooth peanut butter and dip the ice pops in that for an amazing PB&J version!

Do you like ice lollies and ice pops? These kind of remind me a little bit of Fab lollies but  much healthier version! Which flavour combo would you choose?