Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan, refined sugar-free}

Maple syrup and vanilla enhance deep, dark blackberries swirled with cashew coconut cream – summer goodness on a stick. 

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

Wit and Vinegar’s Popsicle week is one of my favorite times of the year, a time when bloggers from around the world outdo themselves making frozen sweet treats of all ilks. However, this popsicle week got off to a rough start.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

I hopped in Emma‘s car and the two of us drove all the way to northern Oregon for a food event. I had been fighting a cold and hoped I could stave it off with plenty of “rest,” i.e., sitting in the car listening to Aziz Ansari and eating the best food Ashland and Portland had to offer. Luck was not with us; every Airbnb, hotel, and “glamping” situation seemed to come with a slew of problems. Much-anticipated restaurants that promised to be amazing were just so-so. Rain seemed to follow our unprepared selves wherever we went. The trip seemed cursed.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

And yet I managed to stay well all the way until we reached our destination – only to find it far colder, more drizzly, and outdoors than we had realized. Despite my best efforts (hiding in the house on the sofa under a blanket with the owner’s dog) I came down with the mother of all summer colds on the drive home – and so did poor Emma, who drove the entire way and whose birthday it is today. WOMP. I arrived home Monday evening, went straight to bed, and spent the next two days watching Netflix with a box of kleenex and a cat who ignored me.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

On the plus side, the berries in Oregon were sublime. We enjoyed them on warm oatmeal from NW Raw in Ashland (recipe reproduced here), turned into sauce and drizzled over crepes, and stirred into cocktails (that I took only the tiniest taste of – promise!).

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

Hankering for more deep, dark berry goodness, I mixed up these easy-peasy pops that capture the wild flavor of blackberries.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

I’ve been on a cashew cream kick lately and here soaked, pureed cashews add body to coconut cream and temper the strong flavor of canned coconut milk, adding nutty depth that blends beautifully with the berries. Blackberries kissed with maple syrup, vanilla, and a bit of lemon juice get extra oomph, and the swirly pops make a pretty, and pretty healthy, summer treat.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

Take a gander at all the amazing creations for this year’s Popsicle Week over at Wit and Vinegar. Stay well!

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

Popsicles Previously:

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan, refined sugar-free}
Yields: 10 (3-ounce) popsicles
 
Maple syrup and vanilla enhance deep, dark blackberries swirled with cashew coconut cream for summer deliciousness.
Ingredients
Maple Cashew Cream:
  • ½ cup (70 g) raw, unsalted cashews
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • seeds from ½ vanilla bean (or ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract)
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (120 ml) well-shaken full-fat coconut milk
Berry Puree:
  • 12 ounces (340 g / 3 cups) blackberries, rinsed and picked over
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) lemon juice (to taste)
  • seeds from ½ vanilla bean (or ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a heatproof bowl, cover generously with boiling water, and soak 1- 8 hours. Drain the soaked cashews and place in a blender with the maple syrup, water, vanilla, and salt. Blend the cashews until silky smooth, gradually increasing the speed to high and scraping down the sides of the blender occasionally, 3-5 minutes. Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth. Pour into a measuring pitcher and set aside.
  2. Rinse the blender and add the berries, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until fairly smooth, then pour through a strainer into a large bowl or measuring pitcher, working the berries through and discarding the seeds.
  3. Divide the berry mixture among the popsicle molds, filling them a little less than halfwar. Gently divide the cashew cream among the molds (the more gently you pour, the more distinct the layers will be), using a chopstick to swirl the pops more if you like.
  4. Freeze the popsicles until firm. To remove, dip each popsicle in hot water for 20 seconds or so, then remove. The popsicles will keep, frozen airtight, for up to several weeks.

Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan}

 

21 thoughts on “Blackberry Maple Cream Popsicles {vegan, refined sugar-free}”

    1. I still want my popsicle! I’ll have to make another batch of these when I’m not infested with cold germs, just for you. <3

  1. That cashew cream with coconut milk? Oh my, Alanna.. the ultimate creamy pop! These are gorgeous! I hope you’re feeling better, now, and your fur baby has renewed interest. They can be so.. well.. catty. Delicious work, my dear!

  2. I am so sad to hear that your trip was underwhelming! It was so good to get together, though. Thanks for organizing the dinner (even if you got a plate full of things you already ate, ha)!

    These pops are beauties (not surprised at all), and I love the addition of cashew cream!

  3. These popsicles look so refreshing and delicious, perfect for hot summer days like the ones we are having here in Croatia at the moment! Love all the flavours combination and the photos are just gorgeous.. Hope you are feeling better now and you have recovered from that not so great trip! :-)

  4. Omg!!! These sound absolutely divine !! I am going to try these soon – love the idea of coconut cream and cashew milk! And your photography – impeccable as always !!! Heard a little bit about your trip ! Hope you are feeling better !

  5. OH NO!! I hate hearing about you not feeling well. Getting sick on vacations is the worst. Especially on long road trips. I hope you both are feeling much better this weekend. On a brighter note, thank you for personalizing these popsicles for me. I haven’t been eating refined sugar for the last month, so these are a godsend!!

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