Dairy-free Dragonfruit Collagen and Cherry Coconut Cream Popsicles
Talk about a mouthful! Not only is the title of this popsicle a long one, but this recipe will have you going back to the freezer for more. This recipe is dairy-free, Paleo, and refined-sugar free. It can be made vegan with your preferred powdered drink mix and maple syrup to sweeten. I decided to use cherries for some added texture because stone fruit is in season right now and I have been eating cherries non-stop! The combination of fruity, creamy, and tart from the cherries is so different and so satisfying on a hot day.
When I decided to make popsicles, I was on a quest for the best popsicle forms I could find. I love this one from Amazon and it comes with everything you need: Popsicles form, lid, sticks, and a handy little funnel to avoid spills and messes. I ran the frozen popsicle mold under a little bit of warm water and the bars slid right out of this silicone gadget. I hope you love this recipe and the mix of creamy and fruity.
Tips: Mix your powder separate from your coconut cream. You want the colors to really layer with these, so use two different bowls for mixing.
You can switch up your powders. While I used Dragonfruit Collagen Quench, a collagen powder from Primal Kitchen Foods, you can use any superfood powder or drink mix that you want to experiment with. For example, lemonade might be good or even a mixture of green juice. Feel free to get creative!
Patience is important. Let these freeze fully before you attempt to remove them, otherwise you'll end up with a mess.
These melt fast once they come out of the freezer, so enjoy accordingly. Because there is no weird preservatives or high sugar content, these popsicles will melt quickly, so beware. All the better excuse to gobble them up.
For this recipe you will need: Two bowls (for mixing), measuring cups, spouted liquid container (for easy pouring), popsicle form kit, cutting board, and knife.
INGREDIENTS: Makes approximately 10 popsicles
1/2 cup of coconut cream
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 scoops of Primal Kitchen Foods Dragonfruit Collagen Quench collagen powder
2 Tbsps maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup of fresh cherries (about 8 whole cherries), diced
2 cups of filtered water
LET'S MAKE POPSICLES
In a bowl, mix together coconut cream and coconut milk and 1 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup (for vegan version) until smooth and combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of filtered water and 2 scoops of flavored collagen powder or powdered beverage of choice until powder is fully dissolved. Stir in 1 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup until dissolved.
To your collagen mixture, add 1/3 of diced cherries and stir together.
Gently fold in the rest of the fresh cherries to the coconut cream mixture, stirring MINIMALLY (you want to retain that beautiful white color for contrast).
Use your funnel to gently add approximately 2 Tbsps of coconut cream mixture to each popsicle form, making sure cherry chunks pass through funnel with ease.
Use funnel again to slowly fill the rest of the way with collagen mixture, evenly distributing cherry chunks into each form.
Top with popsicle "lid" and slowly slide popsicle sticks through lid holes, leaving about 2 inches of each stick out of the top.
Move carefully to freezer and allow to freeze until soli (I froze overnight).
SERVING TIPS: Run popsicle forms under lukewarm water to gently release them from the silicone mold. Slide out and enjoy, being careful of drips and melting.
This recipe was a one and done for me, meaning it took once time to get it perfect! I love the contrast of the icy-fruitiness of the Dragonfruit and the creamy sweetness from the coconut, not to mention the chewy surprises from the cherries. I loved creating this recipe as an alternative to most conventional popsicles that are usually packed with sugar. This version provides protein, healthy fats, and a bunch of nutrients that benefit your hair, skin, and nails, as well as an unmatched flavor. I cannot wait for you to try them!