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Chocolate Chip Coconut Mexican Paletas

The weather is getting warmer around most of the country, so what better time is there to enjoy a delicious frozen treat? I simply love popsicles, but I hate all the added sugars and artificial flavors. That’s why I love Mexican paletas—they look and taste like popsicles, but with one huge difference: They’re made from whole-food ingredients and contain none of the unhealthy artificial ingredients! 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have an intense love for coconuts and chocolate. So, I decided to mix the two to create these Chocolate Chip Coconut Mexican Paletas—and they do not disappoint! Creamy, quick, and so incredibly simple with just four ingredients, you’re only an hour away from a delicious treat your whole family will love! And you can relax and feel confident knowing that you’re “indulging” in a healthy snack that will only support your health and wellbeing.

So, let’s quickly review how these Mexican paletas support your health. First, coconut milk contains a type of saturated fat known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that have been shown to support healthy weight management, blood sugar levels, heart health, and even your brain! [1

In fact, a 2013 study revealed when people consumed coconut milk for a period of eight weeks, it actually improved their cholesterol levels. [2] Additionally, consuming MCTs has been linked to increased satiety and lower overall consumption, which supports healthy weight management. [3] And, finally, coconut milk is also a great source of lauric acid, which has been shown to promote healthy weight management, skin health, dental health, and more. [4

Meanwhile, the vegan dark chocolate chips in these Mexican paletas provide a nutritionally-packed punch of their own! Consuming dark chocolate has also been linked to a myriad of health benefits—from supporting healthy weight management to boosting cognitive function to decreasing stress and more! Not convinced? Here’s another benefit: One study revealed that men who ate dark chocolate for snacks at least once a week reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 35 percent, compared to men who never or “almost never” ate it. [5]

So, don’t wait any longer! Check out these creamy, delicious Chocolate Chip Coconut Mexican Paletas and whip up a batch of your own! They’ll be waiting for you for whenever you need a refreshingly cold treat on a warm day. 


Chocolate Chip Coconut Mexican Paletas

Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel



2 cans (13.5 ounces) unsweetened full-fat coconut milk

½ cup shredded coconut 

¼ cup honey or maple syrup 

Vegan dark chocolate chips, to taste



1. In a high-speed blender, blend together all the ingredients until well-combined.

Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel

2. Pour the mixture into popsicles molds.

Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel

3. Top with 1-2 teaspoons chocolate chips.

Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel

4. Insert a stick into each mold and freeze for up to 1 hour.

Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel

5. Remove from the freezer and enjoy!

Mexican paletas - Dr. Pingel

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