Today, I took my kids to our community pool and savored watching them splash and laugh as they tried out their new pool toys. It was low 80’s and so for me the perfect spot is sitting on the pool steps. I get the cold water to keep me cool and the warm sun on my back to keep me warm. The perfect balance for me. I took a mental picture of my kids because this will be the last summer with just them. Next summer will be totally different. Instead of lounging next to the pool, I will be in the water with a very energetic nine month old.
I have come to realize that all seasons of life are truly sweet and rewarding. Each season in there own unique way. Don’t get me wrong every season has there difficulties too. Like for example my already strong willed son going through the terrible two’s. Some
days okay more like weeks everything feels like a battle. But as I laid him down for his nap, I couldn’t help but feel so grateful that he has always been a good sleeper. Taking naps and bedtime are pretty smooth and with a new born on the way, I couldn’t help but be thankful for this rest time during the day.
I’m learning when I savor and focus on the sweet moments, the difficulties grow dimmer. I am so blessed. Many times it’s not my circumstances that need to change it’s my perspective. Unfortunately, too many times in the past I spent way too much time and energy wishing for my present difficulty to end or disappear instead of trusting God and His promises to carry me through.
My favorite verse the last several months is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” How comforting is this verse? Everything that happens to me is ultimately for my good. There was a time I didn’t believe this but I do now. Because it is those same difficult moments that have shaped me more into His likeness.
Soomething else I have been savoring is having my two year old in the kitchen. He loves being in the kitchen even more than his big sister. Any time I walk in here comes running in to see how he can help mama.
Snacks and lunch time are the easiest meals to have him help so we have been making lots of healthy and delicious popsicles.
Like these Dairy-free Fudgsicles.
Growing up, one of my favorites was fudgsicles. Cold, creamy chocolate was and STILL IS the best. Being dairy free, I was on the search for something equally as appealing. Thankfully, coconut milk fulfilled the void. The coconut milk adds a creamy texture and taste that mimics standard fudgsicles. And with the right balance of flavoring you can completely eliminate the taste of coconut leaving you with a chocolatey frozen treat that is easy on your tummy and waistline.
So why is this dairy-free fudgsicle so great? It’s easy, simple and delicious. Four ingredients give you a fabulous taste compared to the store bought ones with over a dozen ingredients. And I don’t even want to go off on some of the gross ingredients but you can read them here in case your wondering.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own dairy-free fudgsicles.
8 hours, 10 minutes
Author: Allison Kuslikis
1 can full fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 large ripe bananas
3 tbsp. raw honey
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
Shake your can of unsweetened coconut milk a few times before opening. This will help the fat and liquid to mix before opening.
Place coconut milk into a small pot and bring to a boil.
Once coconut milk is boiling, turn down the heat and add in 2 tbsp. cocoa and 3 tbsp. honey.
Stir or whisk quickly until honey and cocoa is well mixed with the coconut milk.
Let the mixture cool a bit before pouring into mixture into a blender.
Add your 2 ripe bananas and blend until mixed.
Place fudgiscle mixture into desired popsicle molds and freeze overnight or until frozen.
Calories per serving: 209.48 kcal
Fat per serving: 15.44 g
Saturated fat per serving: 13.55 g
Carbs per serving: 20.49 g
Protein per serving: 2.23 g
Fiber per serving: 1.69 g
Sugar per serving: 13.37 g
I would love to hear about your own favorite childhood treat that you have passed down to their kiddos.
Love popsicles? Check out my watermelon popsicles with no added sugar here.