RecipeSalted Caramel “Poptails”

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: 3.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  • Total Sugar: 7 g
    • Natural Sugar: 7 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg

This sweet and spiked treat is the perfect way to cool off and kick back. I create the indulgent caramel-like flavor by combining dates, almond butter and pineapple chunks—and wowza, it’s so good! Just make sure the dates are completely blended before pouring into molds as any solid pieces will freeze and become rock-hard. And while the rum transforms these pops into the ultimate grown-up delight, you can easily omit the booze from the recipe to make it kid-friendly.

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This recipe makes 6 poptails

• 1 cup almond milk
• 10 pitted dates (heaping ½ cup worth)
• Heaping ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
• 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon maple extract or maple flavor (or 1 teaspoon maple syrup)
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt
• Heaping ½ cup ice cubes
• 6 to 12 tablespoons rum (optional)*

*Note: This translates to one or two tablespoons rum per pop. One tablespoon is very subtle; two tablespoons makes a super boozy bite.


In a blender, puree milk and dates until well combined (puree until there’s virtually no date bits and pieces, otherwise they’ll freeze into rock hard specks in the pops).

Next, add frozen pineapple chunks, almond butter, vanilla and maple extracts (or maple syrup), salt, and ice cubes. (Add optional rum, if using). Blend on medium speed until ice cubes are pureed and beverage is thick and frothy.

Pour mixture into ice pop molds (1/3 cup per standard mold) and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.

Nutrition info does not include rum; add 30 calories per tablespoon/per pop if using.

Looking for more chilly treats? Try these Superfood Ice Pops.