Frozen Hot Chocolate Pops

 

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 😉

Now, let me graciously admit that every so often, even the easiest Pinterest treat-making DIY has it’s “not so perfect” outcomes. Please try to look past the imperfect (and sliiiiightly inappropriate looking) popsicles and see if yours turn out better than mine! HINT: I highly recommend stirring the marshmallows into the mixture so they don’t gather at the bottom and look…well, you get the idea.

 

*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

Ingredients:

½ banana
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

Instructions:

  1. In a high-powered blender, blend all ingredients (except for mini marshmallows) until smooth and no chunks remain.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Xoxo,

Heidi

Related reading:

Fun in the Sun: Healthy Summer Popsicles!
Fresh Fruit Popsicles – A Powell Pack Favorite!
Macro Tracking For the Win! All of Your Questions Answered
Peanut Butter Power Fudge
How to Begin Your Transformation Journey – Step by Step


10 Comments

  1. Joanne Ewing - September 15, 2017

    Hi Heidi, my name is Joanne. I’m 47, about 55 lb overweight and have been watching Extreme Weight Loss series 5 on UK TV trying to get inspiration to get fitter and lose these extra lbs. While looking online I came across your blog and have to say your comment about the Popsicles together with the photo made me chuckle. It’s the first time in a while as I have depression. So glad I came across this blog and will be following from now on. Love it! Great blog.

    • Team Powell - September 15, 2017

      Hi Joanne: Thank you for your comment! We’re so happy we were able to bring a smile to your face. We wish you all the best! 🙂

  2. Sandi Thigpen - March 13, 2017

    Hello, Chris and Heidi! My name is Sandi Thigpen. I’m 66 yrs young but my body feels older. I had polio at the age of 3. I wear a long leg brace on my atrophied right leg. I need to lose weight, but the things I’ve been doing haven’t helped me lose the 50 lbs I need to lose (I fluctuate between 184 and 201lbs and am 68 inches tall). I haven’t seen much commercially to help people like me. PS. I also have a compressed fracture in my L2 disc and arthritis in my left hip. Thanks for your advice. Btw the pops sound DELISH!!! Can’t wait to try them.

    • Team Powell - March 14, 2017

      Hi Sandi: You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too – they lead to even more helpful transformation tools! I’d discuss any exercise program with your healthcare team first (including Chris and Heidi’s program) and then follow their recommendations on how to work around your health issues. And remember, 80% of weight loss is nutrition, so follow your nutrition program to a T, work out as directed by your doctors, and you can achieve your goals! And you might also want to check into Chris and Heidi’s new Transform app that’s about ready to launch – it will outline everything you need to do for you every day! You can learn more about it here: http://thetransformapp.com. You can do this!

  3. Shannon Beckstead - January 16, 2017

    Hi, My name is Shannon. My friend and I have been following the Extreme Transformation program for almost a year now and we love it! It has been the best long-term program we have found to stay healthy and feel great. I even have my SIL doing it and she’s lost 20+ pounds and still going strong! Since I’ve been doing this for awhile, I’m in desperate need of new menus with new recipes!! Do you have any plans for a new book/cookbook anytime soon or a continuous online weekly menu? I would definitely pay for something like an online menu subscription.

    • Team Powell - January 16, 2017

      Hi Shannon: No new cookbooks are in the works right now, but you can use any of the high and low carb recipes in Chris and Heidi’s other books for the Extreme Cycle: http://heidipowell.net/books-dvds/. And Chris and Heidi are working on another awesome project that you’ll love!

  4. Molly - January 8, 2017

    Looking forward to trying this! My husband and I are beginning the 21 day program soon. Do you have a recommendation for the protein powder for both him and I?

    • Team Powell - January 9, 2017

      Hi Molly: Welcome to carb cycling! Chris and Heidi recommend low-fat, low-carb powders with around 20 grams of protein per serving. You both can totally do this!

  5. Vicki Aldridge - January 1, 2017

    Hi, my name is Vicki, I am 44 years old and 210 lbs. I have raised 3 kids basically by myself for the last 26 years, money is tight so I buy what we can afford, which isn’t always the healthiest, my 21 year old daughter has borderline personality disorder which is beyond stressful, I am a emotional eater. Its time for me to take care of me, I no longer like looking in the mirror. I’d like to be 140 or less , I have knee and back problems which I’m sure are because of my weight, I don’t know mentally,physically and financially how to reach my goal safely. I’ve seen the results of the people you have helped and I want so bad for it to be me celebrating being happy again with me. Please help me

    • Team Powell - January 2, 2017

      Hi Vicki: Here’s a post that outlines Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program, and it’s the same program the use on the show: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too – they lead to very helpful information for you as you begin your transformation journey. Pay special attention to the part about promises also. And please discuss this, or any nutrition and exercise program, with your healthcare team first and then follow any modifications they might recommend. Make and keep one promise at a time, and you can achieve your goal! We believe in you!

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