These homemade fudgsicles are a frosty popsicle treat using few ingredients, dairy-free, gluten-free and mood-boosting. You'll want to eat the mixture with a spoon but try to save some to pour in the fudgsicle popsicle mold. Not yet popsicle weather? Serve the mixture as a decadent chilled pudding or smoothie, yum!
Homemade Fudgsicles. A creamy dreamy fudgey party. This frosty fudgsicle popsicle treat is so tasty, it has me breaking into song! Or writing poetry. Seriously, I can't keep these pops in the freezer.
Even as I mix the mixture, family members seem to appear mysteriously, and try to steal spoonfuls when I am not looking. I don't know what makes it so tasty: the milk, the chocolate, the avo? Yes, I said avo. As in avocado. In my popsicles, are you serious?
I am. Let me interrupt this conversation with myself to explain.
What is a Fudgsicle Made Of?
Do you remember eating fudgsicles? The "Popsicle" brand is the most famous, launched their Fudgsicle in 1946. https://www.popsicle.com/our-story . Well, I LOVED them and would consume one after another when I was a kid. Fast forward into my plant-based years and I wanted a fudgsicle. However, the commercial treat is made of high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, refined sugar, and a bunch of chemicals.
So of course I looked at my typical chocolate avocado smoothie recipe, made some tweaks, froze it and tada! A healthy fudgsicle. With only three main ingredients: milk, avocado, and chocolate.
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Okay, so back to this recipe...
Ingredients for This Fudgsicle Recipe
There are basically four important ingredients. A can of full fat coconut milk, regular milk, (I used cashew), cacao powder and chocolate chips.
You must use a full fat coconut milk from a can, and not chilled so the liquids and fats don't separate - you need both in this recipe.
You can use any milk you want; I used cashew and of course to keep it vegan, choose a plant milk.
You can use cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder. Visit my post here to learn the difference.
And you can use any chocolate chips you want although I recommend brand EnjoyLife or even a chocolate bar with at least 70% chocolate.
And of course, a fresh avocado.
Substitutions For The Avocado
Can't have or don't want to use avocado? Here are some substitutions for the avocado in this recipe:
1. a pear (cored and peeled),
2. a banana (not frozen, peeled)
3. sweet potato puree (not canned) To use a fresh sweet potato, steam it like this: Puncture skin of a sweet potato with a fork, wrap it in a paper towel, microwave for 8 minutes. Be careful, it's hot! Scoop out the pulp, and use about ⅓ cup of that puree.
4. coconut cream (¼ cup of the solid from a can of full fat milk. Since you are already using a can for the recipe of both liquid and solids, you'll need to open an additional can to get ¼ cup solids.
How to Make Homemade Fudgsicles
It's easy to make my fudgsicles at home. Just combine ingredients, pour into molds and freeze.
Don't have a mold? Just use paper cups or even ice cube trays.
Exactly How Healthy is Avocado?
You might want to write this down. There is no body process that doesn't benefit from the avocado. Isn't that reason enough to put them in everything, including your homemade fudgsicles, aka popsicles? I think so.
The good avocado is actually a fruit. It is high in fiber, potassium (more than a banana!), and vitamins B6 and C. They're also rich in folate, which is a mood-booster.
But beyond these specifics, there are general aspects of avocados that contribute to many many body process, most importantly, its fats. The avocado contains a mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
The polyunsaturated fats are necessary for your body to function, but can’t produce them itself. These fats help form cell membranes, nerve coatings, blood clotting, muscle movement and more.
Monounsaturated fats reduce inflammation, lower heart disease risk, and have anti-cancer effects.
The avocados biggest strength is in it's make up of healthy fats. Specifically they are a mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The polyunsaturated fats are necessary for your body to function, but can’t produce them itself. These fats help form cell membranes, nerve coatings, blood clotting, muscle movement and more.
Pretty compelling, I'd say. There was a time I didn't even like avocados (I know, seriously?), but I made myself eat them in salads after heavy spinning days.
Now, of course, I have grown up, and see the light. Now I eat at least half an avo a day and help my family members do too. I often hand off avocado halve with a spoon to anyone who professes to be hungry.
Tips To Making This Fudgsicle Recipe
1. Be sure to not warm the mixture too much - you don't want to cook it, just warm it to combine.
2. Try using quality chocolate - both the cacao or cocoa, and the chocolate chips. The quality of the chocolate will dictate the flavor of these pops.
3. Once you pull the pops out of the mold, lay them on parchment paper and refreeze right away because sometimes pulling them out of the mold defrosts them slightly.
Make This Fudgsicle Recipe Into A Smoothie
This recipe makes a delicious smoothie as well with a specific change: Swap the can of coconut milk with half ice and half cashew milk.
Are you interested in more healthy frosty desserts? My new 4-ingredient smoothie cookbook actually has a whole chapter on frozen desserts such as chocolate magnum ice cream bars, green smoothie popsicles and even homemade ginger ice cream.
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- 1 can full fat coconut milk (14 ounce can, not chilled so the fat does not separate from liquid)
- ½ cup cashew milk (or your favorite milk)
- 1 avocado ripe and soft, peeled
- 3 tbsp cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (quality chips with at least 70% cacao)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp brewed coffee (optional, but deepens chocolate flavor)
- Add the cashew milk, coconut milk, vanilla, brewed coffee and avocado to a blender, and process until smooth.
- Add the chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate to a pyrex glass measuring cup or other microwave safe container, and microwave at 60 seconds to melt.
- Put the blended avocado milk mixture, and the melted chips and the cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) into a pot on the stove.Turn on the heat and warm the mixture, stirring until all is combined. Do not burn the bottom or let it boil. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool on the stove for 20 minutes.
- Once it is cooled a bit, pour the mixture into molds, pop the mold in the freezer for 30 minutes, then insert sticks. If you don't have a popsicle mold, use paper cups.Sometimes I top the fudgsicles with granola or chocolate chips, your choice. Freeze the fudgsicles 6 hours or overnight.
- To remove the fudgsicles, dip mold in a pot of hot water and tug until they slide out. It's quite a process, don't let anyone tell you removing is easy. BUT once they are out, eat!