Want to make the most of your mornings? Make yourself a breakfast you simply can’t wait to wake up for. We flipped over this breakfast popsicle recipe from Nealy Fischer, founder of The Flexible Chef and author of Food You Want for the Life You Crave. Nealy’s recipe is clean, energizing and surprisingly filling.

The ingredients in these pops are the same ones we use in many a morning smoothie — including fiber and protein-packed chia seeds, healthy fat-loaded coconut milk and fresh fruit for a blast of vitamins. When we’re faced with avocado toast fatigue (it’s a thing) or simply don’t have time to prep a full breakfast, having a fun little recipe like these breakfast pops can reboot your breakfast game in an unexpectedly delightful way…

I usually enjoy making breakfast, except on the days I don’t. That’s when the idea of a pre-made, frozen breakfast is most appealing. These pops, however, have more than convenience going for them — they’re massively Instagram-worthy and completely flexible. Keep some in the freezer for an after-school snack or to satisfy a frozen pop craving.

Makes 10 small pops


For the base:
1 15.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the fruit puree:
11/2 cups diced ripe mango or strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 to 2 Tbsp raw honey (optional, depending on how sweet the fruit is)

Dairy: In place of the coconut milk, use 1 cup vanilla yogurt (or use plain yogurt and sweeten it with honey and vanilla).


In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. Set aside until the chia seeds expand and the mixture thickens, about 1 hour.

In a blender, blend the fruit and the honey, if using, until almost smooth (retain some smaller chunks). Set aside.

Assemble the layers: Pour about half of the fruit purée by the spoonful into popsicle molds. Spoon in the coconut mixture. Finish with the remaining purée.

Freeze overnight, until the popsicles are ready, then unmold and serve. If you have trouble unmolding, place the molds in a warm glass of water for a few seconds.

Flexible options:
As a smoothie: Pop all the ingredients in a blender. Add protein powder, flax or hemp to boost nutrition.

Make it quick: Skip the chia seeds and simply blend together the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and fruit. You’ll lose the beauty and the added nutrition of the chia, but you’ll gain a whole hour to work out instead!

For desert: Make a few mini pops with the coconut-milk mixture only. Freeze to set, then dip in melted chocolate for a fun treat!

Excerpted from the book Food You Want by Nealy Fischer, published on April 30, 2019 by Hachette Books, a division of Hachette Book Group. Copyright 2019 Nealy Fischer.

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