Looking for the perfect summer treat to beat the heat? Look no further than these creamy, chocolate chip avocado Mexican popsicles (paletas). Made with wholesome ingredients, these popsicles are both delicious and healthy. And with this simple recipe, they're easy to whip up anytime. But the best part? These popsicles are dipped in dark chocolate and topped with crunchy nuts, making them an irresistible indulgence that you won't want to miss.
These paletas feature a delightful combination of fresh avocado, oat milk, and dark chocolate chips, resulting in a velvety texture and a crispy outer shell. They offer a creamy, tangy flavor that is sure to please any palate. Additionally, these paletas are perfect for those following a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle, as they contain no added sugar.
What Is Paleta?
Paleta is a Mexican word for a frozen ice pop or popsicle, typically made with ripe fresh fruit, cream, or other sweeteners. They are similar to traditional popsicles but often contain chunks of fresh fruit or other ingredients and are made with natural, wholesome ingredients. Paletas come in various flavors, including fruit-based, cream-based, and chocolate-based, and are popular treats in Mexican and Latin American cuisine.
Mexican paletas are different from American popsicles as they are made with fresh, pureed fruits instead of artificial flavoring and coloring. While paletas are made from real ingredients, they may not necessarily be considered a healthy treat as they still contain a significant amount of sugar. It's important to be mindful when consuming paletas to ensure you're not overindulging in added sugars.
What You Will Need To Make These Chocolate Chips Avocado Paletas
High-Speed Blender To Chop the ingredients
To achieve a smooth and creamy texture, you will need to blend all the ingredients together using a blender. For best results, a high-speed blender is recommended. However, if you don't have a high-speed blender, you can still use a regular blender, food processor, or even a handheld immersion blender.
The Perfect Ripe Avocado
Avocado is a naturally creamy and delicious ingredient that makes for perfect ice pops. In addition, it is loaded with healthy fats. To achieve the creaminess in your paletas, it is important to use perfectly ripe avocados. Look for avocados with dark skin and gently press them to feel for a slight give. If the avocado feels too soft or mushy, it may be spoiled and should not be used as it can result in a bitter and unpleasant taste.
The bright, tangy flavor of lime perfectly complements the rich creaminess of the avocado. To select a perfectly ripe lime, look for one with a light scratch and skin that is slightly soft but still firm. The weight of the lime can also indicate how juicy it is, with heavier limes typically containing more juice.
If you don't have any limes available, you can also substitute with lemons or other types of citrus fruits. The natural acidity of these fruits pairs well with the healthy fats found in avocados.
I love using oat milk as a creamy, dairy-free alternative in my ice pops, and it has a velvety texture that makes it the perfect addition to any recipe. Not only is oat milk low in fat and high in fiber, but it is also a great alternative to dairy milk.
In case you cannot find oat milk, there are other milk options available that can work just as well. For a thicker consistency, try using whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk. If you're following a keto diet, you can swap out oat milk with unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk.
Dark chocolate adds an extra layer of deliciousness to these paletas. For an additional burst of sweetness, I like to include dark chocolate chips. My favorite kind of dark chocolate chips is the ones that are organic certified and have no added sugar, making them a healthy choice.
You'll need dipping chocolate or melted chocolate chips for the chocolate coating. You can choose to melt down your chocolate chips or use dipping chocolate sauce.
This paleta recipe already has chocolate chips added to it, so no extra sweeteners were needed. However, add sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, or date syrup to the recipe if you prefer a sweeter taste.
You will need an ice cream tray or popsicle molds to make paletas popsicles. If you don't have an ice cream tray available, you can use a small cup with popsicle sticks to make paletas.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings for paletas. You can choose to add nuts, shredded coconut, or any other toppings of your choice. In this recipe, I used chopped almonds as the topping for the paletas.
Need ideas? Check out my favorite toppings from Amazon.
Creamy Chocolate Chips Avocado Paletas Mexican Popsicles
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: Passive Time: 4 Hours
Serving Size: 6
2 Whole Fresh Hass Avocado
1 Cup Oat Milk
2 Fresh Lime
1/2 Cup Of Chocolate Chips
A Pinch Of Salt Chocolate For Dipping Chopped Almonds For Toppings
Blend together avocado, oat milk, lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a blender until it reaches a smooth consistency. Then add the dark chocolate chips and blend again for a few seconds, depending on how finely you want them chopped. For a textured feel, blend for a shorter period, and for a finer texture, blend for longer.
Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold and freeze it for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best results.
To add a chocolate coating, dip the frozen paletas into the chocolate sauce. Be aware that the chocolate may freeze quickly on the popsicle, so add any toppings quickly!
Once you have finished decorating the popsicles with toppings, put them on a wrap or drying rack, and return them to the freezer for about 30 minutes before serving.
Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold immediately and then into the freezer before it separates.
Oat milk will give a boost to the creaminess of your ice pops. But if oat milk is not available, you can swap for other types of milk.
Yield: 6 Serving size: 1 Popsicle
Amount per serving: Calories: 150 calories. Total Fat: 10.2g, Saturated Fat 4.2g. Cholesterol: 0mg. Sodium: 134mg. Total Carbohydrate: 16.6g. Dietary fiber: 4.2g. Total Sugar: 1.7g. Protein: 2.2g.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice. Calculated without chocolate dip and toppings.
How To Unmold The Popsicles
It is important to ensure that they are frozen solid to prevent the paletas from breaking when removing them from the mold. If the popsicles are not frozen enough, they can break, or the sticks may come out.
A helpful tip for removing the paletas from the mold is to submerge the tray in warm water for 3-4 minutes. This will help loosen the paletas from the mold. Then, gently pull on the popsicle sticks to remove the paletas. If they are still difficult to remove, continue to run the mold under warm water until they come out easily.
How To Dip The Paletas Mexican ice pops
To coat your delicious paletas with chocolate, you have two options: either melt down chocolate chips and dip your paletas in the melted chocolate, or you can use dipping chocolate sauce. After dipping your paletas, be sure to add your desired toppings immediately before the chocolate freezes.