Creamy, dreamy, and secretly healthy chocolate fudgsicles!
A cool summer breeze.
And chocolate dripping down my face.
My favorite thing about being a kid on summer vacation was the freedom.
You could sleep til noon. Play hide and seek with your neighborhood friends. Splash around in the community pool.
No one would make you get out to do your homework.
When it got really hot, you’d cool off with a chilly chocolate fudgsicle. To me, fudgsicles are the epitome of summer.
Fudgsicles, fresh watermelon, barbecues, and flip flops.
But mostly, fudgsicles.
Even as a little girl, I was all about the chocolate.
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A few days ago, I broke out the popsicle-makers for the first time this summer, christening them with a healthier version of my beloved childhood chocolate fudgsicles.
Unlike traditional fudgsicles, this version has no high fructose corn syrup or processed ingredients you can’t pronounce.
These healthy chocolate fudgsicles are completely free of added sugar.
But just like the packaged pops, they are creamy and chocolatey and delicious.
Emphasis on delicious.
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Popsicle Tips & Tricks
- If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use paper cups instead and insert a small spoon as the stick.
- Wooden popsicle sticks are available at most craft stores. To get them to stay upright, I like to freeze the popsicles for about a half hour–until firm but not rock hard–and the insert the sticks so they don’t move around.
- To remove popsicles that will not budge from the molds, run them under room temperature water for about 15-20 seconds, then gently twist.
Healthy Chocolate Fudgsicles
(makes 5-6 pops)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (see note)
- 2 small, very ripe bananas, or use this banana-free version
- pinch salt (scant 1/16 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- sweetener of choice (stevia, pure maple syrup, etc.)
- optional, feel free to add peanut butter!
Note: For creamiest and richest results, use either canned full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream OR use milk of choice and add 2 tbsp nut butter (almond, cashew, macadamia, sunflower, etc.).
Healthy Chocolate Fudgsicles Recipe: Combine all items in a blender (I used a Magic Bullet). Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Easy, right? As I said, the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze! A good way to remove pops is to run the popsicle mold under room-temp water for about 15 seconds, then gently twist. And the proper way to eat the pops is with chocolate dripping down your face.
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