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At only 1g net carb, this frozen Keto Strawberry Popsicle is a delight. How many times have you had two bites of a keto friendly dessert and your carbs are in your belly within seconds. This dessert takes a long while to enjoy and it’s only 1g net carbs.
Last week of school CRAZINESS
I got a call from my teenaged daughter last Wednesday at 4pm. I was at my office (day job) and she informs me that she has a year end Spanish III Honors party/assignment. She needs to bring in 50 Paletas to class the next morning. I could have killed her, but it turned out to be a stroke of massive inspiration.
I quickly went to the supermarket/CVS after work and grabbed some plastic ice trays and wooden crafts sticks. We whipped up strawberry banana paletas and set them to freeze. Before I cleaned anything up I started thinking about how I could get the sugar out for all the Keto people…and so Keto Strawberry Cream Popsicles were born.
I simply subbed out the sugar and used my FAV keto sweetener, Lakanto Classic. This sweetener is a blend of monkfruit and erythritol. Lakanto is also pretty fine grain, so no need to grind into powder, like other granular keto sweeteners. I suppose you could use Swerve powdered as the sub would be 1:1. Xylitol and Allulose would not work as they do’t fully freeze like Lakanto.
Tips for your Popsicles
It’s always fun to be handed a perfectly shaped Keto fudgesicle or popsicle straight from the freezer on a hot summer day. I get a skip in my step when I make my own at home and pull out of the freezer something that looks like store bought. Professional looking fudgesicle or popsicle molds don’t take up a ton of space in your freezer and they wash right in your dishwasher.
Both versions work well, but I prefer the silicone mold (to the plastic mold) as I can peel back the sides of the fudgesicle or popsicle. Either version is inexpensive and easily found at Target or on Amazon at this link. The molds range from ($12-30). You can use them over and over again for your Keto Fudgesicles, Creamsicles and Popsicles in any flavor imaginable. For a small investment in the molds ($12-18) you can wash them and use them again and again for more flavors to be made and stored in your freezer.
However…you don’t need fancy fudgesicle or popsicle molds! Any small paper dixie cup will work just fine. Sometimes I even prefer the small paper cups to the molds. They are smaller serving size and there’s no clean up. The molds typically come with a cover to hold the stick in place.
If you are using paper cups simply wait until your mixture is slightly frozen. Place a fudgesicle or popsicle stick in the center of the slushy cup. If the stick still falls to the side you can wait a little longer for your slush to get a little thicker in your Keto Strawberry Cream Popsicles.
Unmolding the pops
To unmold your Keto fudgesicles or popsicles from the plastic/silicone molds simply set the mold out on the counter for 5-7 minutes. If you can not wait then dip the mold in warm water for 30 seconds to a minute. Then slide a fudgesicle or popsicles out. The silicone molds are slightly easier as you gently peel back the sides. I also give them a push up from the bottom every couple seconds to see if they’re loose yet. We don’t want to soften them any more than absolutely necessary.
If the stick comes out before the fudgesicle or popsicle is fully frozen then they just weren’t frozen enough…and that really sucks! You’ll want to freeze your Keto fudgesicles or popsicles at least overnight. Preferably I like a full 24 hours just to be certain they’re hard enough to unmold. Trust me…there is nothing more sad than having part of your slush still at the bottom of the mold.
Paper cups as molds
The cool thing about using the little paper dixie cups is that there is no unmolding to be done. Simply remove your cup from the freezer and tear away the paper cup to enjoy. I use a small knife or a pair of scissors to make a small cut in the top of the cup and then tear away. Easy peasy!
If you use the molds there is another optional step in the process before you can enjoy your Keto fudgesicles and creamsicles. After I unmold all of the fudgesicles and popsicles and I place them on the tray. Then I refreeze them for 10 minutes out of their molds before putting them in a freezer bag. You can also separate them in their freezer bags by placing extra strips of parchment paper in between each pop.
Plastic freezer bags (gallon sized ziploc bags) are great to use for storage. They ensure that your popsicles don’t pick up the flavor or smell of anything else in your freezer. No one likes the taste of a Keto Fudgesicle with a hint of enchilada casserole, right? This extra step ensures that any melting/softening that happens when you unmold them doesn’t mess up their shapes.
You also don’t want your Keto Strawberry Cream Popsicles to stick to one another. The parchment paper in between each pop as you place in the freezer bag keeps the fudgesicles and popsicles separated.
Popsicle and Fudgesicle Flavors
- Original Fudgesicle
- Chocolate Mint Fudgesicle
- Chocolate Banana Fudgesicle
- Chocolate Coconut Fudgesicle
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudgesicle
- Coffee Cream Popsicle
- Coffee Chocolate Chip Popsicle
- Strawberry Cream Popsicle
- Strawberry Banana Popsicle
- Blueberry Lemon Cream Popsicle
- Cranberry Orange Cream Popsicle
- Piña Colada Popsicle
- Banana Cream Popsicle
- Strawberry Lemonade Cream Popsicle
- Raspberry Lime Cream Popsicle
- Root Beer Float Popsicle
In a saucepan over a medium heat add cream, almond milk, sweetener and mashed strawberries. Whisk all together to a smooth consistency. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a steady simmer for a few minutes or until mixture starts to slightly thicken.
Remove saucepan from the heat and stir in extract. While whisking the strawberry liquid sprinkle in xanthan gum and thoroughly incorporate into the strawberry liquid. Use a hand immersion blender or transfer to a blender to blend all together. Be careful with hot liquids in a blender as they tend to explode…trust me on that.
Set aside the strawberry mixture to cool on counter for at least 10 mins but preferably to fully cooled. You will want to have the strawberry liquid into a container to easily pour into your popsicle molds.
Pour strawberry liquid into each mold. Cover and place wooden popsicle stick in each mold. (Cover with foil before you place the wooden sticks if your mold doesn’t come with a cover…then stick the sticks through the foil to hold them in place).
Freeze Strawberry Cream Popsicles for at least overnight, but best to freeze for 24 hours or more.
Depending on your molds either run mold under warm water for a minute to loosen your Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicle. If you use paper cups just pull straight from the freezer and tear paper away from your pop.
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