Hello, hello! Happy Friday Eve. It's been a boring week here at Fit for a Bride headquarters. I'm still on Furlough and it's been pouring rain for two days straight in DC! Looks like Mother Nature is just as sad about the state of our Government as are Government employees currently missing their jobs. There, I said it. I miss my job!
Anyway, I have a special, special treat for you today - a delicious innovative way to enjoy kiwi! I almost forgot how much I loved this fun fruit until I picked up a big carton from Costco a few weeks back. I peeled and sliced several kiwis for easy grabbing, and then stumbled upon this picture on Pinterest. I cataloged the image onto my Photoshoot ideas board, and didn't think anymore about it... that is, until I found a recipe for homemade magic shell. Oh yea!
On photoshoot day I wasn't too focused on the kiwis because I had plans for all things banana, but I had some extra kiwi leftover from the Costco batch so we gave it a try. As soon as I tasted this pop, I realized this is it! Holy yum!!! Then I ate like 5 more! :)
That same night I made about a dozen more and took them to a jewelry party my mom was hosting and they were a hit! Now I'm convinced these are the perfect party favor or after dinner snack. Not only are they totally delicious, they're low in calories and made with just four ingredients: coconut oil, dairy-free chocolate chips, kiwis, and peanuts. Yep, they're DAIRY FREE!! You know what that means - pops without peanuts are also paleo! (Score!!!)
Lauren, who took these amazing photos, was a huge help in making these.
The instructions for making magic shell suggested just microwaving the coconut oil an chocolate chips, but Lauren though a double broiler would work better. (I talked about a double broiled in this post. It's basically just a bowl on top of a boil pot of water.) Lauren was a bit nervous our dairy free chocolate chips (the brand is Enjoy Life) would melt in the double broiler, they did!
So, with the broiler setup, we added two heaping tablespoons of coconut oil and kept a close watch, stirring until the chocolate was soupy.
In the meantime, we sliced kiwis into thick pieces, and stuck a popscile stick in each one. We laid these on parchment paper and put them in the freezer for awhile. The coldness of the kiwi seemed to help the chocolate adhere when it came time for dipping. It was so fun and easy to do - once the chocolate was a smooth liquid texture, we pulled it off the stove and started dipping out kiwis. We added crushed peanuts to some and left others plain. (The peanut ones are the best!)
This is a really fun and easy treat that people will surely be impressed with! It'd also be a fun after-school project to do with the kids or in my case, during an afternoon babysitting!
Bottom line: they're damn good. And, are my new favorite FFAB creation!
Do you like kiwi?
Have you ever had dairy free chocolate chips?
- Enjoy life chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
- Cut thick slices of kiwi.
- Carefully slide popsicle sticks into the center of the pops.
- Place kiwi pops on parchment paper and place in the freezer.
- Next, place a bowl on top of a pot of boiled water.
- Pour your chocolate chips in the bowl.
- Add the coconut oil. Stir. Watch closely.
- Take the chocolate from off the broiler.
- Let cool for about 5 mins.
- Dip kiwi pops in the chocolate coating.
- Place on the parchment paper to harden.
- Sprinkle peanuts on top, if desired.
- Place the kiwi pops back in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Photography and food styling by Lauren-Michelle.