• Two cups frozen or fresh pitted cherries
  • One 15 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 scoops Paleo Protein- Vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. stevia or monk fruit

Summer is blazing hot around here, and I think I almost got a third-degree burn on my bum getting into my car one afternoon!  Shortly after that, I decided the dashboard was the right place to leave my mask to kill any germs it may have captured.

Crazy how we nowadays have to think of things like this. It has become fashionable to wear your college alma mater, purple flowers, or plaid across our faces. I look forward to the days we can just wear a smile!

The smile offers an unspoken word of endearment that I will no longer take for granted. It is a beautiful part of the human connection. I felt like a zombie walking thru the market, and I could not get anyone to connect eyes with me.

It was a lonely and shameful feeling of sorts. Not to mention this kinesthetic girl is feeling deprived of the hugs too. Sometimes our new norm has me down, so these fun pops are a quick fix of creamy cheer in lieu of uncertain times.

I hope they bring a smile to you as well. Be well dear friends and lean on your faith that the human spirit and American dream is still alive and well.

Creamy Coconut Cherry Popsicle
 
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Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • Two cups frozen or fresh pitted cherries
  • One 15 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • Two scoops Paleo Protein- Vanilla
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. stevia or monk fruit

Instructions
  1. Chop 1 cup cherries and divide them into the bottom of your popsicle containers.
  2. Put the other cup of cherries in the blender with water, coconut milk, and puree.
  3. Add protein powder to blender and give it a quick swirl, add stevia to taste.
  4. Lastly, pour the cherry and coconut puree into the molds.
  5. Add popsicle sticks, and be sure to push in far enough.
  6. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  7. Wrap in wax paper and put it into ziplock to store in the freezer for individual use.

Notes
Due to the low natural sugar and not using refined sugar, these popsicles have a hard texture, but the flavor is satisfying. If your Popsicle mold has built-in stick handles that are not long and reach the bottom, I have found it hard to pull pops out when ready. I have used the good old fashioned wooden ones, and they were easier to pull out. Just firmly stick them into cherries allowing enough to stick out to hold.

It also helps to run water over the container to help loosen them when you are ready to eat one. I wasn’t patient enough to let them sit out a few minutes, which does the trick too.

Keep in mind when using stevia, it is 300x more potent than sugar, so a little dash or two will do. Go slow until it reaches your desired sweetness. Please use organic ingredients when you can and enjoy the endless choices of fruits like peaches or even we loved adding lime juice and mint!

Dawn Rofrano