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An easy, healthy, and refreshing summer treat! These Pineapple Coconut Chia Popsicles are made with coconut water, pineapple juice, chia seeds, and agave syrup- that’s it! Simply mix your ingredients together in about 5 minutes and chill until frozen. They also contain some pretty amazing health benefts, are gluten-free and vegan too!
I’m back this summer with one of my favorite, easy summer cooldown recipes! Chia popsicles! This isn’t a foreign recipe concept, if you’ve made my Pineapple Coconut Acai Chia Ice Pops or my Matcha Manuka Chia Popsicle you are very familiar with this frozen, naturally sweetened superfood popsicle.
When the song ‘Escape’ or better known as ‘The Pina Colada Song’ came on the radio, I almost immediately wanted to grab something pineapple-coconut flavored as I sat outside soaking up some summer sunshine. I’m not big on alcohol, so this is kinda my way of enjoying a Pina colada 😉 But by the way, these Pineapple Coconut Chia Popsicles would totally make a fun boozy summer treat too if that’s what you’re into!
☆ They only require 4 simple ingredients: coconut water, pineapple juice, chia seeds, agave/maple syrup. You could also add a couple of pinches of turmeric for color (like I did), but it’s not required.
☆ They are super duper healthy! Chia seeds are getting a lot of attention lately after the whole Kim Kardashian internal shower drink LOL. These tiny but mighty seeds have been around for thousands of years and are known to be high in antioxidants, specifically caffeic acid and the quercetin that helps with inflammation. They are also high in fiber- hence the internal shower reference… if you know what I mean 😉
☆ They are so simple to make! The only thing is you have to wait for them to freeze, but if you make them the night before, you’re all set the next hot summer day to enjoy.
Basically, you whisk everything together and let it sit on your counter for about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently so the chia seeds don’t stay on the top or the bottom, but rather soak up some of that coconut water and pineapple juice. Then when it thickens, you simply pour the mixture into your popsicle mold and freeze! The recipe makes exactly 6 popsicles using THIS popsicle mold, but I’m sure you could use other popsicle molds, just not sure how many pops you’ll get. You can watch the reel I made over on Instagram on how to make these Pineapple Coconut Chia Popsicles
☆ Make sure you buy pineapple juice NOT from concentrate. If you can’t find it, it’s not the end of the world, lol, but I always suggest buying fruit juices that are NOT from concentrate. Sometimes juice from concentrate lose some of the nutritional value and also a lot of the time manufacturers add sugars and dyes and water it down to cut costs and extend shelf life. Juice should be labeled, so be sure to look for “NOT FROM CONCENTRATE”.
☆ I used white chia seeds in this recipe. They are a bit harder to find, I order mine on Amazon or from Suncore Foods. If you can’t find them or can’t wait for them to come in the mail (haha!) you can go ahead and use the black chia seeds, but just know that they will look a bit different than the popsicles pictured in this post.
☆ The agave syrup is definitely optional. The pineapple juice may be sweet enough for you and that’s totally cool to omit that ingredient. You can also use maple syrup instead. Honey will not work as it won’t mix well.
☆ Put the popsicle molds on a baking sheet. This makes transporting the popsicle molds to the freezer much easier- trust me 🙂
☆ I like to cover and freeze the popsicles with the little lid that comes with the popsicle mold, but I’m not sure this is necessary. I haven’t tried to freeze them uncovered. After they are frozen, I like to remove all of the popsicles from the mold and I like to keep them stored in a sealed gallon-sized bag.
I hope these popsicles travel with you to all your pool parties, picnics, and cookouts this summer! Let me know how you like the texture the chia seeds give these pops down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others can discover this healthy, delicious, fun popsicle recipe! Don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest! I’m also open to including any more tips if you think I missed something! But all-in-all these Pineapple Coconut Chia Popsicles are so easy to make and I can almost guarantee success 🙂