INSPIRATION: Summer’s finally here, and just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday! What better way to cool off than with these all-natural strawberry cheesecake popsicles. They are so sweet and creamy, you would never know they are also vegan and refined sugar-free!
A cheesecake popsicle without cheese? That’s right, soaked cashews replicate the creaminess of traditional cheesecake, while adding nutrients. Cashews are a great source of minerals your body needs for optimum health, like copper, manganese, and magnesium. They provide healthy fats that are important for brain function and bonus – will keep you feeling satisfied!
These pops get their sweetness from fresh strawberries and maple syrup. Choosing natural sweeteners is great because along with the sweetness comes vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Refined sugars are stripped of these beneficial properties.
All you need to make these festive treats are a few simple ingredients, a blender, and popsicle molds. Cheers to a healthy and happy Canada Day!
MUSIC: Bahamas – I Got You Babe
MAKES: 6 popsicles
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew mylk
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups straberries
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- The night before, soak cashews in a big bowl of water. This enables a process called ‘sprouting’ which helps their nutrients become more available to your body. It also allows the cashews to blend into a creamy consistency, so this step is key!
- It’s cheesecake time! In a high-speed blender, combine cashews, lemon juice, maple syrup, cashew mylk, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. The mixture should pour easily, so add additional almond mylk if needed.
- Remove the mixture from the blender and set aside, at room temperature. This will become the middle, white layer of your popsicles.
- Add strawberries into the blender with water, blend until smooth.
- Carefully pour the strawberry mixture into the popsicle molds, filling the first third of each mold. Place in the freezer and set for one to two hours. If you don’t have this kind of time no worries babes! Without freezing, the layers will swirl together, creating a really sweet tie-die effect instead.
- Repeat with the second (white) layer you set aside. Set in the freezer for another hour.
- Finish your popsicles with the third (red) layer. Set in the freezer for a final hour. To remove popsicles from molds, run the sides under hot water until they slide out easily. Enjoy!