Here's a great and healthy recipe for hungry toddlers and grownups too!
Recently, a friend of mine gave me a popsicle mold - for making and freezing our own popsicles. I knew just what I'd do with it when we got it. I made super-healthy, great tasting fudge pops for my two year old. I'm sure I told her that she could have a chocolate popsicle, but later, she told me she was eating a "tasty chocolate bicycle."
Here's the recipe:
3/4 c. coconut milk
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t. cinnamon
1-2 T. agave nectar (to taste) - or whatever sweetener you like best
Combine these ingredients in a saucepan, over low heat - just until mixed. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
What makes this recipe healthy?
- Coconut Milk - Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily matabolized and used by the body. Also, the fat in coconut milk is over 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is the component found in human breast milk that protects infants from certain illnesses. This nutritional benefit is unique to coconut milk and is not found in other foods.
- Cocoa - High in Iron.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It has also been shown to have a regulatory effect on blood sugar.
- Agave Nectar - Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, the glycemic index is much lower than sugar and it is all natural, from fruit and has no funny "fake sugar" aftertaste.
By: Amanda Wynant