Popsicles have always been our summer go-to treat, but since WE live in Arizona, our family is loving them year ’round. You just can’t beat a sweet treat that is both delish AND nutrish! If you’ve tried some of our past faves—Banana Ice Cream Treats and Fresh Fruit Popsicles —you know they hit the spot, but don’t quite embody that ho-ho holiday spirit. But something magical happens when you combine a traditional holiday hot drink + popsicle molds (and a little protein). Behold, one of my favorite oxymorons…Frozen Hot Chocolate Pops! Trust me, these treats are SO good, no one will even KNOW you’ve snuck protein into them. #winning 😉
*Opening photo has our favorite (and a bit fancy) Ice Pop Mold, but there are tons of options no matter the budget or theme:
Frozen Hot Chocolate Pops
¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon chocolate almond butter
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup mini marshmallows
- In a high-powered blender, blend all ingredients (except for mini marshmallows) until smooth and no chunks remain.
- Place 3-4 mini marshmallows in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Top with chocolate mixture and fill about half way, drop 3-4 more mini marshmallows on top of chocolate layer. Fill with more chocolate mixture until nearly full, leaving a little space for a final layer of marshmallows.
- Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight and enjoy! Makes 6-8 popsicles depending on molds.
Nutrition information (1 pop): 65 calories, 2g fat, 8g carbs, 6g protein
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