I know, I said I wasn’t big on dessert…but I’ve always had a slight obsession with ice cream. When I want dessert, it’s my go to. But after realizing that running for the bathroom minutes after devouring a bowl wasn’t normal, I decided to see how my body would fair without ice cream or most other dairy. I’m a bit lactose intolerant, but ice cream hits me the hardest. Sometimes I’m willing to sacrifice feeling bad for a few hours just to satisfy my craving. But usually I try to steer clear of dairy all together if possible. If it does that to my body, it can’t possibly be a good thing for me.
It’s the height of summer, it’s hot, and I’m ready to cheat! But I’m also tired of having to sacrificing feeling good just for a short moment of cool sweet bliss. So I’ve been on the search for an alternative to dairy based ice creams, something that would satisfy my insatiable urge to cup a cold cone and lick, lick, lick.
I found a can of coconut milk in my pantry. I’m sure I had intended for another recipe, but it reminded me of something I saw online where you can create a cream from coconut milk by refrigerating the can. So I thought I’d give it a s-whirl.
You’re probably thinking, doesn’t she know how much saturated fat is in coconut cream? Yes, yes I do and I love and have never been afraid of saturated fat! And now it’s fairly acceptable where my health is concerned. So that makes me feel relieved. After reading up on saturated fats over the past few years, I think others are feeling better about loving it again too. See there was a recent meta-study by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular heart disease.
I think Mint Chocolate Chip is the best ice cream ever known to man, so that’s where I went…
DAIRY FREE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP FUDGESICLES
This makes 6-8 servings depending on the size of your popsicle molds.
1 can full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk – organic. You’ll want to put the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator about 8 hours in advance.)
4 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. peppermint extract
½ cup chocolate shavings from a chocolate bar (keep your chocolate bar refrigerated until your ready to shave)
First remove the can of coconut milk from the refrigerator and open it. You’ll see that a cream has formed inside the can.
Scrape out the contents of the can into a mixing bowl, preferably one with a spout.
Using a handheld blender, whip the cream until it becomes light and fluffy.
Now add the honey. I picked this honey up from the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. It’s local from Mocksville, NC. Oh, sweet golden nectar.
It doesn’t get any prettier than that.
Add your cocoa.
Add your vanilla and peppermint extract and…
It’s time to take your chocolate out of the fridge and start shaving.
I used Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate at 55% cocoa because it’s dairy, wheat and gluten free…but also because it’s the best chocolate I’ve ever had.
Add your shaved chocolate and fold in.
You’re ready to fill your ice pop maker. Leave a little air at the top of the molds so that the lid doesn’t stick to the bottom of your popsicles. This can get a little messy, even with a pour spout as you can see.
But feel free to take liberties with your fingers and wipe up any excess and put it in your mouth. I would never do it, but I won’t tell.
Place the lid on your mold and insert your popsicles sticks. Make sure you insert them at least three quarters of the way in. This will make them a lot easier to pull out when they’re frozen.
Refrigerate until frozen (about 3-4 hours). Once frozen, run the base of the popsicle mold under warm/hot water. Once the mold starts to feel cool instead of cold, you can try to remove the fudgesicles.
If you’re not planning on eating them all at once, just leave them in the mold until you are. Or if you want to make more right away, just remove and wrap each one in plastic wrap and place it back in the freezer.
These are sooo rich. One should satisfy my craving for at least a few weeks.
I let the boy and girl try them.
He get’s really serious about dessert.
Her…not so much.