CHOCOLATE & BERRIES CREAMY POPSICLES

'Ready to enjoy the summer'

(6 popsicles)

Berry filling 

  • 2 cups fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup summer berries (fresh or unfrozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries...)
  • 2 tbsp cashew cream (prepare in advance)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • A pinch sea salt

Chocolate layer

  • 150 g dark chocolate 71%-80%
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Decoration

  • A handful chopped nuts (walnuts)
  • Two pinches dried rose petals

If you are following a vegan diet, sometimes it can be difficult to enjoy an ice cream (depending where you are) or to find a variety of flavours. This recipe is a base, you can make many variations of it, chocolate filling just adding cacao powder instead of the berries, banana taste with banana & cacao nibs, mango-strawberry, pecan-caramel flavour adding mesquite, medjool dates instead of the maple syrup and chopped pecans... You can make popsicles or you can even use the mix to make ice cream cones, ice cream balls with topping...

To make the cashew cream, soak a cup of cashew nuts overnight. Morning after, rinse and drain the cashews. Mix the soaked cashews in a blender with a cup of fresh water until smooth.

In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the coconut milk and the arrowroot powder, set aside. Combine the remaining coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt in a saucepan and heat until it starts to bubble. Then add the hot mix in the arrowroot-coconut mixture and stir for about a minute with a fork or manual shaker. Add the cashew cream and berries and mix again.

Let it cool down. Transfer the mix into the popsicle forms and place in the freezer for at least three hours. To make the chocolate layer, melt the chocolate by using a double boiler. Remove the popsicles from the freezer and by using a big spoon, pour the melted chocolate over them, covering them completely. Immediately sprinkle some chopped nuts and dried rose petals on the top of the ice creams before the chocolate hardens. Now enjoy!

Note: If you are going to use the mix to make ice cream cones or balls, i recommend you to churn the ice cream with an ice cream machine, otherwise the texture will contain small ice chips, nice flavour but not as creamy as expected.