No, no wait.
Really, these need to be called The Best Damn Chocolate Fudge Popsicles.
Because they are.
And they only just happen to be vegan. I promise you though, these are so freaking good. Creamy, fudgey and extra chocolatey. Just the way they should be.
When I was younger my mom would buy those fudge popsicles from the store that were like sixty calories and fat free. Believe it or not, I totally thought those things were awesome. I think I just liked that they were cold and had a chocolate flavor.
I have not had one of those for a while, and these days I never buy any “diet” products, because um eew. I mean, whole food all they way if you ask me. Anyway, I was thinking about those pops a week or two ago. Thinking about how when I go to Florida in June those would be really awesome because Florida in June is really hot… Then I looked outside and started feeling kind of cold thinking about popsicles as I watched the snow fall. Today, well, I am currently blasting my little space heater because I am STILL cold and because it is STILL snowing AND because I made popsicles that scream from the freezer “EAT ME….even though is it snowing outside…. in the middle of MAY”.
But it’s ok because in my head, where I can use my imagination, things are all warm and sunny. So it’s all good, I am happy and I have popsicles.
And it’s Friday.
Life is definitely good… especially on a Friday.
Oh, did you catch the part where I said I am going to Florida in June? I am, I am! And I am so excited, just me and my grandma for a week of shopping, cheese and crackers, and sunshine. Cannot wait.
These popsicles though? Yes, they are vegan and yes, they are the easiest things ever AND you do not even have to have popsicles molds make them. You can use paper Dixie cups and then just peel the paper away.
Now, when you read the ingredients it might make you a little scared. I mean dates? Cashews? Kind of a weird mix, but I promise all you taste is chocolate, and the texture is creamy, silky and honestly incredible. I have to say, these totally shocked me. All those years of eating icy, bland fudge pops when I could have been eating these HEALTHY (YUP!) fudge pops? What a waste.
Seriously, if there is one thing you do this weekend, it’s got to be to make these. You can do it.
Vegan Chocolate Fudge Popsicles.
Yields: 6 POPSICLES
- 1 cup salted roasted cashews
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (lite or regular will work)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 8 whole medjool dates, pits removed
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Chocolate Shell
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan if needed)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
In a food processor or high powered blender combine the cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth, thick and very creamy, about 10 minutes. Scape down the sides of the bowl 2-3 times during blending.
Spray six popsicles molds with cooking spray or olive oil spray. Divide the mixture among 6 popsicle molds or I highly recommend using small paper dixie cups. I used the molds the first time I made these and they were pretty hard to get out. The second time I used paper cups and just peeled the paper away. It worked much better.
Freeze the popsicles overnight.
Once the popsicles are frozen make the chocolate shell. Combine chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat and stir until completely melted and smooth. You can also do this in the microwave.
Remove the popsicles from the freezer and peel away the paper cups (or remove them form the molds). Dip each popsicle in the chocolate shell sauce and then place on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining popsicles and then place the pan in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Keep frozen.
*Inspired from Shape April 2014 Issue.
You NEED to do it.