A healthy and refreshing cool treat, you will love these lightly sweetened pineapple coconut chia popsicles!
Popsicles aren’t just for kids, grown-ups can enjoy some too! This hot weather has me craving something cold and sweet to get a quick cool down. I naturally would gravitate towards a big scoop of coffee ice cream, but with how often my sweet tooth hits, I know I need a healthier yet still satisfying option. I’ve been enjoying chia seeds lately since they have some stellar health benefits. This recipe for pineapple coconut chia seed popsicles is a perfect way to get all that I want out of a lightly sweetened treat.
What Jess, it’s only 4 ingredients to reach popsicle bliss? That’s right! This recipe contains a simple yet flavorful combination of crushed pineapple, coconut milk, chia seeds and a sweetener of your choice (honey, agave nectar or maple syrup), that’s it. I use my Norpro Ice Pop Maker, which creates 10 popsicles at a time and make sure I buy extra popsicle sticks.
Chia seeds add an interesting texture similar to tapioca in this pina colada blend of pineapples and coconut milk. When the chia seeds come into contact with the liquid, they swell up, which takes about 30 minutes. This creates a pudding thickness and makes it super easy to scoop into the molds. You can even eat the mixture as is if you want to have it as a breakfast or snack, like my chia pudding with berries and almonds recipe.
These popsicles have a nice cool yet creamy texture, and they don’t melt or drip like fruit or dairy-based pops. I enjoy the extra texture with each bite from the chia seeds, and the whole pieces of frozen crushed pineapples are delicious!
I love popsicles because you can customize the flavors and sweetness just the way you like. You can totally omit the sweeteners since the coconut milk and whole pieces of pineapple are already naturally sweet, however just adjust to what your sweet tooth desires. Trying to keep it on the healthier side, just a touch of sweetness worked for me (I added 1 tablespoon of honey), but Jason would have liked it a bit more. If you want an entirely vegan treat, use agave nectar or maple syrup, but slowly add the sweeteners and taste as you go since the flavor profiles are different.
Popsicles are a fun, nostalgic healthier sweet treat that your whole family will enjoy! I can’t wait to make them for baby James and see how he likes them. I always make the popsicles the day before so that I can just grab and devour at any time. Are you new to making popsicles? Check out my easy homemade fruit popsicles, or my strawberry yogurt granola popsicles to get you going!
What are the health benefits of Chia Seeds?
These tiny nutrient rich seeds sure pack a big nutritional punch! Each seed is rich in dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and other beneficial nutrients and is an easy way to add healthier ingredients into each meal. Each serving of this chia seed pudding contains about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. From a nutritional standpoint, an ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons), contains 136 calories, 4.6 grams of protein, 8.6 grams of fat and 9.6 grams of fiber (Source: LiveStrong.com). Each pineapple coconut chia seed popsicle contains about 1.2 teaspoons of chia seeds per serving. That’s almost 1 gram of fiber not counting the ones naturally coming from the pineapple!