When you're in a rush and need your coffee fix, it's tempting to grab a cup of joe for the morning commute, but how often have you ended up spilling on your work clothes? Why not opt for a solid version of your favorite morning drink and turn your coffee into frozen coffee popsicles? These chocolate espresso pops don't skimp on the buzz (there's about a shot of espresso in each frozen treat), and they also include the tantalizing taste of chocolate and vanilla. Not only are they great for hot summer days, they're also the perfect alternative to calorie-laden lattes with only about 90 calories in each pop. Just whip up a batch on Sunday night and have your coffee ready and waiting for you every morning of the week!
Tip: Measure the volume of your popsicle molds before making your mix, adjusting ingredients as necessary to fill your molds sufficiently. This recipe makes approximately two cups mix.
- 6 ounces espresso
- 1/3 cup (about 5 tablespoons) dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup (about 5 tablespoons) Natural Bliss Low Fat Vanilla Creamer
- Brew six ounces espresso. The Bialetti Moka Express, 6-cup espresso maker is one easy way to do this, requiring little work with quick results -- less than 10 minutes.
- Mix the chocolate chips and creamer, heating in the microwave four about a minute and a half. Remove from microwave and mix well, until the chocolate is smooth.
- Pour coffee into a 2-cup measuring cup and spoon in half the chocolate mixture. Mix well and place the liquid into the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Fill popsicle molds with espresso mixture, leaving about 1/4 inch space at the top.. If you don't have enough to sufficiently fill each mold, top them off with a little extra Natural Bliss Low Fat Vanilla Creamer.
- Using the remaining chocolate, spoon a dollop of chocolate into each mold. This will sink to the bottom and freeze, leaving a fun chunk of frozen chocolate at the top of each pop.
- Allow pops to freeze for at least four hours before enjoying!
Laura Williams, M.S.Ed.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Texas State University, Laura Williams focused her career on aquatic and fitness management. Over the course of eight years she moved cross-country three times to take on progressively more difficult roles. She left management in 2010 to finish her master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is now a writer, entrepreneur and the “Sporty Girl CEO” of GirlsGoneSporty. When she’s not working, Laura can be found running her dogs, snowboarding, lifting weights, attempting yoga or watching shamelessly trashy television. Connect with Laura on Google+.