These creamy, coffee-flavored ice cream pops are delicious, refreshing and sugar-free
I love desserts from coffee cake to brownies – they are all delicious! Unfortunately we can’t always have desserts like these and still be healthy. With desserts comes elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol and diabetes. We should always be aware that what we eat should not solely be based on taste, rather we ought to focus on the ingredients and what they can do for our body. I’m not telling you to say “no” to every dessert offered your way but it pays to seek a healthier alternative.
This coffee and cream ice pop recipe is a great way to start! We’ve swapped sugar for maple syrup and creamer for coconut milk to provide a healthier option. Modifications are always possible to make our favourite recipes more healthy and less fattening. Try the same with any recipe you love and I bet you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
Ingredients Swap: The Healthier Option
Maple Syrup > Sugar
- Maple syrup scores 54 on the glycemic index while cane sugar is 65. Choosing a natural sweetener doesn’t cause as much of a spike in our blood sugar levels and while cane sugar has no benefits there are antioxidants and minerals found in maple syrup.
- Maple syrup contains 24 different anti-oxidants which reduce free-radicals (toxins) in our body. This can help reduce inflammatory diseases. When selecting maple syrup the darker ones usually contain the most anti-oxidants.
Coconut Milk > Creamer
- Coconut milk can help you lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure and protect against cardiovascular diseases. This may come as surprise since coconut contains high amounts of fat. But these fats are saturated fats which are the “good fats” our bodies need.
- The fats found in coconut milk can actually help you lose weight and build muscle. This is because these fats are converted straight to energy helping us burn more fat during workouts and other activities. The electrolytes and magnesium found in coconuts can help your body repair broken down tissue.
- Coconut milk can even help relieve irregular bowl movements (constipation, diarrhea etc). This is because of coconut milk’s “good fats” and electrolytes which improve gut health.
We all want to enjoy desserts without feeling guilty of what we are putting into our body. What needs to be realized is that there are healthier options. By simply modifying this recipe we can be even more healthy, saving our bodies from various many health conditions down the road.
This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at sixtimemommy.com.
Refreshing Coffee and Cream Ice Pops
Serves: 6 ice pops
Prep time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 5 hours
- 3 Cups cooled coffee
- 3 Tablespoons of coconut milk
- 3 Tablespoons of maple syrup
- 3oz paper cups
- Craft sticks
- Mixing bowl
- Fill your molds 3/4 full with your coffee.
- Place a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut milk into each mold and mix.
- Scoop 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup into each mold and mix.
- Place a craft stick into your mold (you might need to rearrange the stick after the pop begins to freeze).
- Freeze for about 5 hours or overnight.
- Peel the cups off your mold and pull out to enjoy!
What is your favorite refreshing, cool treat?