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All Natural Fudge Pops

All Natural Fudge Pops

With this recipe, fudge pops no longer need to be a guilty pleasure.  These all natural fudge pops taste great and contain wholesome ingredients you can feel good giving to your family.  They’re soft and creamy with a rich chocolate flavor and they can be whipped up in just a few minutes.  Summer just got a lot more tasty!

All Natural Fudge Pops

Makes 4-6 popsicles (approximately 12-16 oz total, depending on the size of your bananas and the amount of milk used)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, cut into chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (optional)
  • sweetener to taste

Directions:

  • Put all the ingredients except the sweetener into a blender and mix until very smooth.  If you’re using fresh bananas, you can probably get away with 1/4 cup milk.  If you’re using frozen, the full 1/2 cup of milk will help the mixture to blend easier.
  • Taste your mixture and add sweetener until you reach your desired sweetness.
  • Pour mix into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Notes:  This is a simple recipe that can be easily tweaked if you want it to contain less sugar, tasty extras or if you want to make a vegan version.  Here are just a few ideas:

  • Milk – I typically use whole cow’s milk for this recipe but any type will work.  If you want vegan popsicles, use a milk substitute such as coconut or almond milk.
  • Sweetener – the bananas add a lot of natural sweetness to this recipe giving it a semi-sweet dark chocolatey flavor.  If you like that, you may not need any additional sweetener.  If you prefer a sweeter pop, you’ll need to add sweetener.  I personally like a teaspoon or two of maple syrup for its flavor and the fact that it dissolves easily.  But you can use honey, sugar, stevia or whatever you like – just make sure to give it a good stir because it’s a little harder to dissolve sugars into cold mixtures.
  • Extras – peanut butter tastes so good in this recipe, I don’t think I’ll ever make the plain version again.  If you’re a PB fiend you can double the amount or add crushed peanuts or reeses cups.  These pops are also great with chocolate chips or my husbands dessert favorite – crushed butterfingers!

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidious_plots/4743979139/

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