These delicious dairy-free keto popsicles are flavored with cherry and vanilla for the ultimate summer sweet treat! Dipping them in sugar-free chocolate doesn’t hurt either. This post is sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
Summer is made for popsicles and popsicles are made for summer! And I’ve got a fabulous new keto popsicle recipe to help you beat the heat.
Cherries are in season right now and while they aren’t exactly low carb, I decided to work a little of this delicious summer fruit into my popsicles. The fresh cherries in the Pacific Northwest are so beautiful right now, I simply couldn’t pass them by at my local farmer’s market.
I have to be judicious when using higher carb stone fruits like cherries and peaches, but using a little in a recipe that has multiple servings allows me to stay keto while enjoying the best fresh produce of the season.
These delicious keto cherry popsicles include some real cherries, as well as cherry extract to help bring out the flavor. I decided to make them dairy-free, using coconut milk as the base. And to really take them to the next level, I dipped them in a little sugar-free dark chocolate.
It’s like biting into a chocolate covered cherry! Creamy and delicious.
Making Keto Pudding Pops
There are any number of ways to make keto-friendly ice pops, and some are as simple as blending up the ingredients and pouring them into popsicles molds.
But I have a lot of experience making keto-friendly popsicles, both with dairy and non-dairy ingredients. One thing I have noticed is that coconut milk popsicles can feel much icier once they’re frozen. So I decided to approach this recipe as pudding pops, using egg yolks to thicken the mixture and provide additional creaminess.
Of course, I am not about to use any old eggs for my keto pudding pops. I feel strongly about supporting small family farms and humane farming practices, so I always use Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. I’ve been using their eggs for years, and I know it’s a brand I can trust.
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are Certified Humane Free Range, which means the hens spend their days in grassy pastures. This leads to deeply golden, substantial yolks that lend a delicious creaminess to keto popsicles.
Tips for making Keto Cherry Popsicles
Using egg yolks in frozen treats like ice cream and popsicles really does increase the creamy mouthfeel of the final product. This is especially important when working with low carb sweeteners that have a tendency to freeze very hard. By adding the yolks to the mixture, you are in essence making a custard or pudding, which is then churned or poured into molds.
A few tips for getting it right:
- It’s important to temper the egg yolks properly so that they don’t curdle. “Tempering” refers to slowly pouring some of the hot liquid into the yolks, to raise the temperature of the yolks more gradually. The yolk/liquid mixture is then slowly whisked back into the pot.
- Eggs are considered cooked and safe at 160F. Once the yolks are in the saucepan, you want to cook the mixture until it reaches this safe temperature or just above. The goal is 165F, and an instant read thermometer is the best way to test the mixture.
- If you do not have a thermometer, you want to cook the mixture until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Dip a wooden spoon in the mixture and then run your finger throughover it. If your finger leaves a clear trail on the spoon, your mixture is up to a safe temperature.
- If you don’t need to be dairy-free, you can easily use heavy cream or a mixture of heavy cream and almond milk for these.
- Cherry extract is important for these popsicles. We have to keep the actual cherries to a minimum to make these keto-friendly, so the extract helps bring out that cherry flavor.
- Food coloring is optional, but it certainly makes them more eye-catching. There are a number of all natural options on the market.
- When coating things in chocolate, I always recommend melting the chocolate with a little cocoa butter or coconut oil. It helps melt the chocolate more smoothly so you can dip the popsicles more easily.
Ready to make some delicious Keto Cherry Pudding Pops? Click here for the recipe on Pete and Gerry’s
Nutritional Information (this may differ slightly than what’s on the Pete and Gerry’s website. I run my own nutritional information through MacGourmet, a paid software program. I never count erythritol into the total carb counts, because it has zero carb impact).
Total fat: 14.47g
Total dietary fiber: 1.93g