Drool-Worthy, Guilt-Free (yes really) Cardamom Chocolate Popsicles

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It's officially summer and that means my son wants ice-cream every single day (and me too, not gonna lie). Now as much as I am a passionate foodie, I can't be down with refined sugar-filled ice-cream EVERY SINGLE DAY so I just have to get creative and come up with treats that taste like the real deal but are reasonably good for you. These cardamom chocolate popsicles are that treat. 

Sweetened with real mango, a bit of maple syrup and NO REFINED SUGAR, these lightly spiced, chocalicious beauties are the perfect post-pool snack as long as you're cool with some chocolatey mess. But hey, as Roseanna Barr said "Excuse the mess, but we live here".

Here's to living a little messily, very deliciously and healthfully this summer!

With Love & Spice.

RECIPE

Cardamom Chocolate Popsicles
Toddler, Kid, Adult

Science Corner
Cardamom oh cardamom! I know we've talked ad nauseam about your health benefits but we won't stop now. Beauty is not just skin-deep when it comes to this gorgeous, aromatic, luxurious spice. Not only does it impart an exquisite flavor and aroma but carries tremendous health benefits like anti-cancer, anti-nausea, digestion-boosting, detoxification and antibacterial effects. I have a cardamom, ginger and cinnamon-spiced tea every single morning (especially when the previous night involved a bit too much wine - hey it's good for the liver this cardamom!) and when my son has a cough, he gets cardamom-scented porridge whether he likes it or not. Luckily for me, he loves his carda-mom (hehe sorry too many popsicles eaten in the test kitchen today). These tasty treats are calcium-rich, anti-oxidant packed (from the mango, unsweetened chocolate and cardamom) and gently sweet. We seriously cannot get enough. 

Yield
4-5 popsicles

Ingredients
1 cup plain, full-fat Greek yoghurt
1 cup chopped ripe mango (frozen is fine)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened coco powder
2 cardamom pods dry roasted for 1-2 minutes, seeds removed and ground (skip the dry roasting if you're ok with a milder flavor)

Method
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold until frozen. Devour. Rinse. Repeat. 

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