This recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Pea Pops make a healthy special treat!Yes, you read that title correctly. These are pea pops. A few years ago, a friend I knew in college posted that she’d snuck some extra veggies into her toddler by adding peas to his smoothie. I was intrigued and put it on my list to try. My “list to try” must be pretty long, because I never did add peas to a smoothie. It was her idea, however, that sparked these pea pops. (Thanks, Pam!)
So I added frozen peas to these pops. I thought a mint popsicle would be the perfect place to add peas.They naturally make these green and add nutrients. You’re getting fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium from the peas. All good things to be added to a special treat, wouldn’t you say?
There is a tiny drawback to adding them to the popsicles. The texture is slightly compromised and they aren’t as creamy. This was Tim’s biggest gripe about these Mint Chocolate Chip Pea Pops…not creamy enough. The kids and I shrugged our shoulders and kept enjoying our treats while he wondered how to make them creamier. Well, if that’s you, go ahead and take out the peas. I’ll take the extra nutrition.
I wasn’t sure if my kids would like these as Meghan especially doesn’t normally love mint-flavored things. As she gobbled hers down, she exclaimed, “This doesn’t even taste like mint!” I think we just discovered she likes spearmint, but not peppermint. 🙂
Both Meghan and Luke loved these. They are very fresh-tasting with the fresh mint, and of course the chocolate chips pair perfectly with the mint flavor. As far as the taste goes, you would never know the peas are there.
I used vanilla-flavored Silk non dairy yogurt alternative for these, but you can use regular yogurt as well. If you prefer to use plain yogurt, you can sweeten them on your own with maple syrup or honey.
I should also note that I used my Zoku Quick Pop Maker to make these frozen treats. This is my favorite way to make frozen popsicles, by far. They are ready in seven minutes! Can all the busy mamas out there give me a hallelujah! This pop maker really feeds into my lack of planning-ahead skills. And the random popsicle requests from my littles, who want them ASAP. I really love this thing. Regular popsicles molds will work, too, of course, you’ll just have to wait a lot longer.
- 1½ cups vanilla yogurt, non dairy or dairy
- ⅔ cup frozen peas
- ¼-1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
- ~1/8 cup mini chocolate chips
- Place the yogurt, peas, and mint in a blender and blend well.
- Add a few chocolate chips to each popsicle mold.
- Pour a small amount of the mixture into the popsicle mold.
- Add more chocolate chips. Continue to alternate the mint mixture and chocolate chips until the molds are full.
- If using a Zoku maker, wait about 7 minutes and remove the frozen pops. If using molds, freeze at least 4-5 hours before removing from molds.
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