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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles (Vegan)

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These healthy chocolate peanut butter popsicles feel like such a delicious treat on a hot day! Creamy, naturally-sweetened, and totally delicious, they’re also naturally vegan and gluten-free!

Overhead view of a chocolate peanut butter popsicle drizzled with natural peanut butter and sprinkled with crushed peanuts

It’s day 2 of Popsicle Week here on One Lovely Life, and today’s recipe is a MAJOR winner.

While I LOVE fruit popsicles like our famous Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles or Dole Whip Popsicles, sometimes I want something a bit more creamy and rich. That’s when it’s time to make our Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles!

These chocolate popsicles have a creamy, delicious texture that resembles ice cream pops more than popsicles. Made with simple ingredients, they’re easy to make and even more delightful to eat.

Grab your popsicle mold, and let’s dive in!

Overhead view of a chocolate peanut butter popsicle on a coaster

Start With Simple Ingredients

This easy popsicle recipe starts with nourishing, simple ingredients–my favorite kind of recipe!

  • Ripe Bananas. I know that bananas aren’t everyone’s favorite, but they’re the base of this healthy chocolate peanut butter popsicle recipe. Not only will they add some natural sweetness, they’ll make these pops ultra creamy without a lot of added fat. It’s kind of like magic!
  • Natural Peanut Butter. All that gorgeous chocolate peanut butter favorite comes into play here with some natural peanut butter. I love the velvety-smooth texture and rich flavor it gives.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. The chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder. I prefer using dark cocoa powder (Dutch-processed/Dutched cocoa powder) here because it’s slightly less acidic raw and gives the chocolate peanut butter popsicles a more fudgy look. (It doesn’t taste like dark chocolate, just gives a rich color))
  • Pure Maple Syrup. A little pure maple syrup makes it so there’s no sugar in these chocolate peanut butter popsicles. Instead, they’re naturally-sweetened and majorly delicious. Depending on your taste, you may not even need to add it if your bananas are sweet enough. Or, you may need slightly more. Just follow your taste!
  • Vanilla. A bit of vanilla makes our chocolate peanut butter popsicles taste more like ice cream. It’s SCRUMPTIOUS here.
  • A Little Salt. Salt–just the tiniest bit–helps balance the flavors here. If your peanut butter runs salty, you may not need it.
  • Coconut Milk & Almond Milk. I use a mix of coconut milk and almond milk in our vegan chocolate peanut butter popsicles. The coconut milk adds creaminess, and the almond milk helps keep the flavor neutral. Feel free to use all one or the other, if you prefer! (Just know all almond milk pops won’t be quite as creamy)
  • Toppings To Make Them Pretty (If You Want). Once the popsicles are frozen, you can add toppings or garnishes, if you like! (More on this in a second!)

Our Favorite Popsicle Mold

You’ll also need a popsicle mold (or some paper cups) and wooden popsicle sticks to make these key lime popsicles. We’ve tried lots of molds for making frozen treats over the years, but we think this popsicle mold by Norpro is the best. It has 10 slots, sturdy construction (so it stays upright better in the freezer!) and has a lid to hold the sticks in place. It also comes in silicone versions, but I find these can sometimes hold onto scents and flavors.

Overhead view of a blender full of chocolate peanut butter smoothie ready to be turned into popsicles
A popsicle mold filled with chocolate peanut butter smoothie mixture

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles, Step By Step

As always, you can find the full recipe with ingredient amounts, detailed instructions, and tips in the recipe card below!

  1. Combine. Place bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a blender. Pour coconut milk and almond milk over all of the ingredients.
  2. Blend. Cover and blend this mixture until completely smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides, as needed. Taste the mixture and add additional sweetener, as desired.
  3. Freeze. Pour the popsicle mixture into your popsicle molds. Cover with a lid if possible, or cover with foil. Then, insert wooden popsicle sticks. Place the popsicle mold in the freezer on a level surface and freeze at least 3-4 hours, or until completely solid.
  4. Garnish. If desired, drizzle frozen popsicles with warmed peanut butter or chocolate shell, and top with crushed peanuts or mini chocolate chips. Return to the freezer for a few minutes to set.
Overhead view of a chocolate peanut butter popsicle drizzled with natural peanut butter and healthy chocolate shell

Make Them Pretty With Fun Toppings!

One of my favorites parts of this chocolate peanut butter popsicle recipe is the little finishing touches! Adding a little something right before serving makes them feel fancy and fun!

  • DRIZZLE THEM WITH NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER. Natural peanut butter tends to be more drippy and spreadable, so it’s easy to drizzle on chocolate peanut butter popsicles. If yours isn’t super drippy at room temperature, you can warm it slightly in the microwave for a few seconds so it’s easy to drizzle. I love this effect on the chocolatey popsicles!
  • OR DRIZZLE WITH CHOCOLATE SHELL. Or, if you want to play up the chocolate flavor, you can use our favorite chocolate shell. It’s just made from chocolate chips + coconut oil! (See the recipe card for instructions.)
  • SPRINKLE WITH CRUSHED PEANUTS. Crushed peanuts add a satisfying crunch and stick well to either the drizzled peanut butter or the chocolate shell.
  • ADD MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS. My kids LOVE when I add a few mini chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter or chocolate shell drizzle. You can also stir some chocolate chips into the actual popsicles if you want!
Front view of chocolate peanut butter popsicles with different toppings

FAQ + Tips For The Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles

HOW TO REMOVE POPSICLES FROM THE ICE POP MOLD: Run each well of the popsicle mold under cold water (NOT hot water!) for a few seconds at a time, then jiggle the popsicle back and forth with the popsicle stick to loosen. If they’re not coming out easily, run under water again for a few seconds and try again.

TRY ADDING PROTEIN! The chocolate peanut butter popsicle mixture is AMAZING on its own, and can easily hide some unflavored collagen protein or a few tablespoons of hemp seeds. My kids never know the difference!

OR ADD SOME GREENS! I sometimes add in a handful of spinach leaves, too! Thanks to the chocolate and peanut butter, you’ll never notice the spinach!

CAN I MAKE THESE WITHOUT THE BANANAS? I developed my chocolate peanut butter popsicle recipe specifically around the bananas, so I don’t have a substitute for you, I’m sorry! I tried them with coconut cream instead of bananas, but found that both the texture and flavor suffered without them.

CAN I USE SOMETHING BESIDES ALMOND MILK OR COCONUT MILK? You can technically use any milk you drink and like for our chocolate peanut butter popsicles. Coconut milk helps make the pops creamy, so it’s helpful to use another thicker/creamier milk for the coconut milk. Any favorite milk can be used for the almond milk.

Overhead view of a chocolate peanut butter popsicle drizzled with natural peanut butter and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.

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Overhead view of a chocolate peanut butter popsicle drizzled with natural peanut butter and sprinkled with crushed peanuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles (Vegan)


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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: about 4 hours
  • Yield: 3 cups (10 popsicles) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles (Vegan) – These healthy chocolate peanut butter popsicles feel like such a delicious treat! Creamy, naturally-sweetened, and totally delicious (vegan, gluten-free)


Ingredients

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FOR THE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER POPSICLES:

  • 3 very ripe large bananas (fresh or frozen), sliced into chunks
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably dark cocoa/Dutch-processed cocoa)
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or more almond milk)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: 

  • natural peanut butter, chocolate shell,* crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips

Instructions

TO MAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER POPSICLES:

  1. Combine. Place bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a blender. Pour coconut milk and almond milk over all of the ingredients.
  2. Blend. Cover and blend this mixture until completely smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides, as needed. Taste the mixture and add additional sweetener, as desired.
  3. Freeze. Pour the popsicle mixture into your popsicle molds. Cover with a lid if possible, or cover with foil. Then, insert wooden popsicle sticks. Place the popsicle mold in the freezer on a level surface and freeze at least 3-4 hours, or until completely solid.
  4. Garnish. If desired, drizzle frozen popsicles with warmed peanut butter or chocolate shell, and top with crushed peanuts or mini chocolate chips. Return to the freezer for a few minutes to set.

Notes

  • TO REMOVE POPSICLES FROM A POPSICLE MOLD: Run each well of the popsicle mold under cold water for a few seconds at a time, then jiggle the popsicle back and forth with the popsicle stick to loosen. If they’re not coming out easily, run under water again for a few seconds and try again.
  • *OPTIONAL CHOCOLATE SHELL. Combine 1/2 cup chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and melt until smooth. Drizzle over the popsicles or dip popsicle into the chocolate shell and return to the freezer until solid. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

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