These sugar free fudgesicles are a delicious nod to nostalgic childhood summer treats like pudding pops or the beloved Wendy’s Frosty, without all the added sugar.
Sweetened with dates, these fudge pops are dairy-free, vegan, and packed with protein, thanks to the hemp seeds!
The flavor of these healthy fudge pops is more akin to a milk chocolate, rather than a dark chocolate. The best part is that prep for these vegan popsicles only takes a few minutes with a high speed blender, making this an ideal recipe for busy families looking to make healthier treats!
Why You’ll Love Sugar Free Fudgesicles
- Ultra rich and fudgy
- No added sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients
- Super quick to prepare with only 6 ingredients
- They don’t taste like they’re healthy (your kids will love them!)
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan
Low in sugar and made from all whole food ingredients; these are truly the kind of treats you will feel good about giving your kids!
6 Simple Fudgesicle Ingredients
The classic dairy-filled fudgsicles in a bright yellow box may be a tempting impulse buy on a hot summer day, but if you look at the ingredient list you will find well over 20 (!!!) different ingredients. Half of which are barely pronounceable.
This fudge pops recipe calls for just six ingredients, most of which are currently sitting in your pantry or fridge.
- Dates– Packed with fiber and antioxidants, dates are used as the natural sweetener in this recipe. While I love medjool dates, I tend to use the cheaper dates in this dairy-free popsicle recipe.
- Hemp Seeds– Rich in protein and healthy fatty acids, hemp seeds contain 10 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons. They not only provide an added nutritional boost, but creaminess, too.
- Canned Coconut Milk– Full fat canned coconut milk is essential for the fudgesicles creamy texture. Aroy-D brand is my preference, it’s preservative free!
- Almond Milk– Feel free to use another dairy-free milk if needed.
- Cocoa Powder– The quality of the cocoa powder used does make a difference in flavor, so choose a reputable brand. I like using a Dutch processed cocoa powder like, Rodelle.
- Liquid Stevia– You might not be a stevia fan, but I can assure you, you cannot taste it in this recipe. That said, if you need a substitute, you can use maple syrup. Start with 2-3 teaspoons, and then only add more if needed.
Fudgesicle Recipe Tips
- Soaking the dates in hot water for 10 minutes will help soften them up, producing a smoother base – don’t skip this step!
- These are popsicle molds I have, but you can use whatever you have on hand. This recipe makes about 8 fudgesicles, depending on the size of the mold and how many ounces it holds.
- Once frozen, I’ve found the best way to release the mold from the fudgesicle is to run the outside of the mold under warm water. Eventually the fudgesicle will pull away from the mold easily.
Fudge Popsicles Dipped in Chocolate
Just in case you want to amp up your fudge popsicle game, these are amazing dipped in chocolate.
Once the fudgesicles are frozen, melt some chocolate of choice (we use dairy-free chocolate chips). Dip the fudgesicles into the melted chocolate, and immediately sprinkle with toppings! You can use:
- Chopped nuts
- Coconut flakes
- Mini chocolate candies
- Crushed cookies
- Or if you really want to play to that salty sweet treat – try crushed pretzels or potato chips
The frozen popsicle will harden the chocolate layer quickly, so you can eat it immediately. This is a fun way to get the whole family involved in customizing their own fudgsicle!
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This recipe was originally published May 2016. Photos and blog post updated May 2022. Recipe directions were rewritten for clarity, and more recipe notes were added.
- ¾ cup chopped dates
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 ¼ cups canned coconut milk
- ½ cup almond milk (or your favorite dairy-free milk)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 15 drops Nunatural's vanilla stevia
- In a small mixing bowl, submerge the dates in hot water and let them sit for 10 minutes to soften. Drain the water and discard it.
- Place the dates, hemp seeds, and half of the canned coconut milk in a high speed blender and blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the remaining coconut milk, almond milk, cocoa powder, and Nunatural's vanilla stevia. Process again until well blended and smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid (about 8 hours).
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
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