Healthy Homemade Fudgecicles – You’d never believe it, but these chocolate popsicles are made ENTIRELY from healthy ingredients. No added sugar in sight! They’re a treat we feel good about enjoying any time! (Paleo, Vegan)
Updated from the archives. Recipe originally posted in 2013
Our temperatures are slowly creeping up and after long afternoons at the park or sunny bike rides around the neighborhood, we’re starting to crave something cool and refreshing when we walk in the door. One of our favorite recipes in the last four years (I can’t believe we’ve been eating these so long!) is these healthy homemade fudgecicles.
Creamy chocolate popsicles made from entirely healthy ingredients and no added sugar–it doesn’t get much better! On top of that, they’re allergy friendly–no gluten, no grains, no dairy, and they’re easily nut free. They’re so good, you can eat them any time of day.
Even breakfast. I’ll never tell.
I’ve made these so many different ways in the last four years. Sometimes I’ll give them a peanut butter twist (it’s amazing). Other times, I’ll boost them with chia seeds for some healthy fats or collagen for some easy protein. You can also change the kind of milk you add–try creamy coconut milk for some richness, or stick with almond or cashew for a more neutral flavor to let the other flavors shine.
Notes on the Recipe
My Favorite Popsicle Mold – I own about six different popsicle molds (#foodblogger), but the one I use and recommend the most is this one. It has a lid to hold the popsicle sticks in place while they freeze, and the mold can hold up to 10 ice pops at a time. It’s pretty easy to clean and has been remarkably durable. During the summer, we use ours 2-3 times per week (no judging–it’s hot as blazes!) Also watch for sales–it’s been as low as $12 depending on their stock!
Change Up Your Chocolate – You can use unsweetened raw cacao, unsweetened cocoa powder, or Dutch Processed (dark) unsweetened cocoa powder, like this one. All three work beautifully. Raw cacao is highest in antioxidants since it’s raw, and the Dutched cocoa will give you the deepest chocolate color. I use regular unsweetened cocoa powder the most since I always have it on hand. Use what you like and what you have!
Switch Up Your Mix-Ins – As I mentioned above, this recipe adopts lots of mix-ins easily. Try different nut/seed butters, use chia or hemp seeds (they completely disappear in this recipe), or you can use collagen. Lately, I love collagen for added protein (it’s not gritty and has no flavor, so it blends right in). For a more rich version, try using canned coconut milk or coconut cream (you may want to add 1-2 tsp of pure maple syrup with the coconut milk). Don’t be afraid to experiment! This is one of those great recipes that can handle it.
A Tip For Bananas – I buy extra banana all the time specifically for these popsicles or my identical chocolate smoothies (I just drink it instead of pouring it into the popsicle molds). To freeze ripe bananas, I peel them, cut each banana into 8 pieces, then freeze in a single layer in freezer bags. You can also lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a sil-pat and freeze till solid before transferring to an airtight container.