Coconut cherry popsicles are a great way to use up the season’s bounty. These frozen treats are creamy, flavourful and drizzled with dark chocolate then sprinkled with crushed almonds.
I love cherries. No, I adore cherries. There’s something so special about them. They’re tasteless until the height of summer, when suddenly the trees burst with delicious fruit and the greengrocer is pile high.
I always make the most of cherry season buy buying them up in bulk. I usually just eat them straight up and unadulterated, but sometimes I have so many that I need to get more creative. They’re brilliant in smoothies and lovely in compote, but when it’s hot out I want cherry popsicles.
These cherry popsicles are creamy and rich with a lovely flavour from fresh cherries. The cherry flavour mixes well with the coconut, milk and almond. When the dark chocolate drizzle hits the frozen ice lollies, it hardens instantly into a decadent shell. Perfect sprinkled with crushed almonds.
I know, pitting cherries can be a HUGE pain. I use a cherry pitter though, which makes it much easier. It’s one of those gadgets that you never knew you needed but you can’t live without. I only use it occassionally (for cherries and olives) but it saves a lot of frustration. It’s inexpensive and so useful during cherry season. It’s great for my lime and fresh cherry pie.
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Coconut Cherry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate and Crushed Almonds
- 250 g cherries
- 200 ml coconut milk (half a 400ml/15oz can)
- 100 ml milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp almond extract optional
- 100 g dark chocolate , chopped
- 50 g mixed nuts finely chopped
- Remove the cherry pits with a knife or cherry pitter.
- In a blender or food processor, blitz the cherries, coconut milk, milk and almond extract until completely smooth. Pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze until solid.
- To serve, melt the chocolate and set aside. Remove the cherry popsicles from the mould and drizzle the tips with the melted chocolate, then sprinkle with the chopped almonds. Enjoy!