Summer has arrived in its full, golden glory here in Milwaukee, which means its residents—all recent survivors of a Wisconsin winter—are BUSY. We have outdoor patios to lounge on, flip flops to wear, city festivals to attend, and Homemade Pudding Pops to eat.

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Because summers here are preciously short, the city truly comes to life and residents, myself included, strive to maximize every single day. Last week, I attended the Milwaukee Downtown Night Market, an outdoor street festival with food trucks, local artists, and live music.

Creamy Chocolate Fudgsicle. A healthy chocolate popsicle made with chia seeds, almond milk, and agave. Only 5 ingredients! Naturally sweetened, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. @wellplated

The longest line was at a homemade ice pop stand, and after enjoying my pop (worth the wait!), I realized that my own pop mold had been sitting sadly in our storeroom since last year. I resurrected it to make these chocolate pudding pops, and they were sweet reminder of why I love homemade ice pops so much. They’re easy, endlessly customizable, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

If you have been debating buying an ice pop mold, please do so no longer. For less than you would pay for two boxes of some store bought pops, you can make an endless supply of homemade pops that a) taste better and b) are made with real ingredients and better for you.

Last year, I got hooked on fruit and yogurt pops, but this summer so far has been all about the chocolate…and chocolate dipped in more chocolate. With sprinkles. Definitely sprinkles.

Healthy Chocolate Popsicles. These creamy pudding pops are made with almond milk, chia seeds, and naturally sweetened with agave. Dairy free, gluten free, and vegan @wellplated

Why I Love These Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

One of the best aspects of making your own fudge pops is that you control the ingredients. I wanted to keep my chocolate pudding pops on the healthy side, so I used chocolate almond milk, which tastes ultra rich and decadent, but is only 100 calories per serving. These chocolate fudgesicles might be my most deceptively, deliciously healthy creation yet.

To give the chocolate pudding pops their characteristic creamy fudge texture, instead of heavy cream, packaged pudding mix, or corn syrup, I used chia seeds, which are loaded with nutrients and fiber and have the delightful characteristic of plumping into a pudding-like consistency when soaked in liquid. The chia seeds, combined with the chocolate almond milk, transformed into the perfect chocolate pudding base.

While these chocolate pudding pops taste plenty sweet on their own, I couldn’t resist dunking them in a little extra chocolate—OK, a lot of extra chocolate—then showering them with a rainbow of sprinkles.

I see them as a sweet treat at your next outdoor gathering, a cool reward on a summer evening that you’ll feel great eating, and another outstanding reason to buy that ice pop mold you’ve been eyeing.

Recipe Adaptations

  • For those with dietary restrictions, these homemade pudding pops are naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sweetened with agave nectar, so all can partake.
  • Pudding Pops with Nuts. Add crushed peanuts, pecans, cashews, or almonds to your pops.
  • Pudding Pops with Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Some crushed chocolate sandwich cookies would be a delicious topping.
  • Pudding Pops with Peanut Butter Cups. Smash a few peanut butter cups and add them to your pudding pops.
  • Pudding Pops with Fruit. Freeze dried raspberries or strawberries would make tasty toppings too.

More Kid-Friendly Treats

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Tools Used to Make This Recipe

Take it from we summer-loving souls up north: the season goes quickly, so take as many bites (and licks) as you can before it ends!

Homemade Pudding Pops {Fudgesicles}

Yield: 6 pops
Prep Time:
10 mins
Rich, creamy homemade chocolate pudding pops made with healthy ingredients like almond milk, chia seeds and agave. They taste like fudgsicles and are vegan!

Ingredients

FOR THE POPS:

  • 2 1/2  cups chocolate almond milk
  • tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons  light agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • tablespoons  chia seeds

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SHELL (optional):

  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate dairy free if needed
  • tablespoons coconut oil
  • Assorted garnishes: Sprinkles — freeze dried raspberries, roasted chopped almonds, extra chopped dark chocolate, chopped chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate almondmilk, cocoa powder, agave, and salt. Heat over medium low, whisking continually, until the cocoa dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl, then whisk in the chia seeds. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic and refrigerate the mixture until the mixture is completely chilled and the chia seeds are plumped, about 2 hours more, whisking once halfway through and breaking up any clumps. (You can also let the mixture sit overnight). Once chilled, divide evenly between 6, 8-ounce or larger ice pop molds (you can also pour into a smaller mold—you will just have more than 6). Freeze pops until completely solid, at least 8 hours or overnight. Let sit at room temperature a few minutes before unmolding. If the pops stick to the mold, run the plastic ends of the mold under warm water for a few seconds, until they loosen.

  3. To make the chocolate dip, melt the semi sweet chocolate and coconut oil together. Drizzle over the pops or dip the pops directly into the chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with any desired toppings (or place toppings on a plate or in a bowl and "dunk" the pops into them). Place in a plastic bag or on top of a parchment lined plate or baking sheet and return to freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate if needed. Enjoy!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 pop (without chocolate dip or toppings)) — Calories: 130, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 156mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 4g

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