The other day I picked up a fresh coconut from our local grocery store. Seriously I’m not quite sure what pushed me to grab it because I have no experience working with coconuts, but with the thought that I would figure out how to use it later, I decided to buy it anyways.
After a “Coconut Opening” tutorial on youtube, which took a screwdriver and a hammer, I had success at cracking my very first one! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw my recent post about my coconut opening success. But…once I opened it I really had no idea how to use it. Perhaps I was a bit reluctant because I quickly discovered that the meat inside of the nut is incredibly difficult to get out of the shell. No joke..I seriously hammered on the coconut over and over again hoping to break it into smaller pieces, but to no avail. After trying numerous tools, I basically just winged it..wrapping a towel around the outside of the shell and scraping out the meat with a knife. Let’s just say I’m sure there’s a better way to remove coconut meat from the shell, and I don’t necessarily recommend my technique, but after all is said and done I’m glad that I spent time digging out slivers of coconut from the stubborn shell.
These mini chocolate dipped coconut popsicles topped with chocolate and almonds taste good enough to say it was completely worth it!
Mini Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V)Print
I’ve paired fresh coconut, coconut cream, vegan dark chocolate and chopped toasted almonds to create delicious mini frozen pops. Frosty, and creamy with real bits of coconut, and a crunchy dark chocolate shell. I can’t think of a combination that goes better together, a play on Almond Joy..but made using much healthier vegan ingredients and super adorable made in miniature size.
(makes 4 servings)
Meat from 1 half of a fresh coconut (about 1 cup) coarsely chopped
1 can of full fat organic coconut milk
1 tsp Vanilla
4–6 oz bar of vegan dark chocolate (try trader joes)
1/4 cup organic agave nectar
1/4 cup raw or salted almonds (chopped and toasted)
4 shot glasses 1.5 oz
4 popsicle sticks
In a medium size bowl, mix the can of full fat coconut milk, vanilla, chopped coconut and sweetener together until blended. You can add a little extra coconut milk if the mixture seems too thick. I pulsed the mix in my magic bullet to make sure it was incorporated well.
NOTE: The mixture should be thick enough to hold 1 popsicle stick through the center.
Pour coconut sugar mixture into 4 shot glasses.
Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each shot glass.
Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop almonds and place in a 250 degree oven to toast for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Once popsicles are completely frozen, begin melting the dark chocolate. This can be done in a double boiler, or on 30 second intervals in the microwave.
As soon as the chocolate has completely melted, begin removing your coconut popsicles from the each shot glass. I recommend placing the popsicles on a chilled surface, or only working with one at a time.
Run the outside of the shot glass under warm water for 10-20 seconds. Twist the popsicle stick and your coconut pop should come right out.
Working quickly, spoon some of the dark chocolate over the top of each coconut pop to create a dripping affect. Immediately top with chopped almonds. You’ll need to move fast otherwise the chocolate will harden and the almonds won’t stick.
Place back in the freezer in an upright position.
Repeat for all remaining pops, then keep frozen until ready to serve!
These Mini Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles can be served on a platter of ice for your friends and family to enjoy! They are surely great for cooling off during the warm summer months and worth all the extra effort it takes working with a fresh coconut.
Did I mention they taste like Almond Joy, and they’re made using organic ingredients?
Healthy and sweet rewards!
Plus I don’t think I’m alone when I say just love anything mini and on a stick. Well these popsicles are certainly no exception. Small treats on sticks are not only cute but are also great options for parties as they’re super easy to work with and of course when they taste like this, your guests are sure to love them!
Happy weekend all! I appreciate you all reading as always!
I’ll have much more to share soon.
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