Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

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There's nothing quite like a popsicle on a hot summer's day, especially when said summer's day happens to be the Fourth of July.  But just because you're indulging doesn't mean that you can't sneak some superfoods in.  Soaked chia seeds add some nice texture to these cooling pops while delivering lots of nutritional and energizing benefits.  Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega-3 fats, omega-6 fats, protein, and calcium.  In fact Aztec warriors believed that one spoonful of chia seeds provided enough nutrition and energy to get them through a long day of battle.    Hopefully the only battling you're doing today is to front row seats for the fireworks, but snack on these pops to help get you through a long day of swimming, sunning, and salty food!  Recipe below.

Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

-18 oz unsweetened coconut milk

-3 tablespoons chia seeds

 -3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

-Sweetener of choice (optional)

-Jumbo ice cube tray

-Bamboo skewers

Add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to 6 oz of coconut milk and stir the mixture for 1 minute every 5 minutes for a span of 15-20 minutes.  Allow the pudding to set in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Once the pudding has set, pour 1 oz of pudding into each cube of the jumbo ice cube tray.  Stir 3 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes into 12 oz of coconut milk.  Pour 2 oz of the coconut flake and coconut milk mixture on top of the chia pudding in each of the cubes.  Place 1 skewer into each cube.  Place in the freezer until the pops have set, about 4-6 hours.  Optional: for a sweeter version, add desired amount of sweetener of your choice (honey, coconut sugar, stevia, etc.) into the coconut milk before beginning the recipe.